Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ablaa : A site of archaeological treasures

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One of the most important sites in Asir is the Al-Ablaa Center, which contains many treasures that are still being investigated by archaeologists. (SPA)
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Updated 26 May 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ablaa : A site of archaeological treasures

  • Al-Ablaa Center contains many treasures
  • Asir attracts people who are interested in archeology and history

JEDDAH: The northwestern and western towns in Asir province are renowned for their large number of historical sites and villages that host Islamic and pre-Islamic monuments and gold mines. 
One of the most important sites is Al-Ablaa Center, which contains many treasures that are still being investigated by archaeologists.
Al-Ablaa is a white mountain overlooking Ranya Valley. The mountain’s name has come to include neighboring archeological sites that are famous for the presence of a market during the pre-Islamic era. 
The market’s remnants are still visible, and the mountain is surrounded by villages and a gold mine.
There are three carved wells at the top of the mountain. The depth of one of them is 80 meters, and was used for metal extraction. 
Asir attracts people who are interested in archaeology and history, said researcher Dr. Mohammed bin Jerman Al-Awaji. 
Work by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) recently revealed the foundations of a mosque dating back to the early Islamic era in Al-Ablaa. The mosque is estimated to have covered an area of 616 square meters.


Ronaldinho plans Saudi Arabia football academy in Jeddah

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Ronaldinho plans Saudi Arabia football academy in Jeddah

  • Backstage at Misk Global Forum, Brazilian football legend reveals intention to open school some time next year
  • Player offered advice for audience, speaking about the value of teamwork, learning from failure and the rewards of giving back

RIYADH: Ronaldinho plans to open a football academy in Jeddah some time next year, the Brazilian football legend revealed to Arab News backstage in an exclusive interview after his appearance at the Misk Global Forum on Wednesday.

“First of all, I want to say thank you for a warm reception and kindness which I have received from the Saudi people,” he told Arab News. “As for the kids, those who want to be a player some day, dedicate as much as you can and follow your dreams.”

Earlier, Ronaldinho appeared on stage to a chorus of cheers at the end of the day’s sessions, where he gave a talk titled the Discipline – and Fun – of Teamwork. 

”I was lucky enough to be on a team with stars,” he said of his career with European clubs Paris St-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan, and a World Cup win in 2002 with the Brazilian national team. “We all respected each other.

“For me it was wonderful, because my history with this team and players was a beautiful one: To idolize them and later play with them and later win titles again…”

Ronaldinho said he feels grateful for his God-given talent. “Throughout my career we had a plan, and I always worked hard. God gave me the privilege to play football. It was fun, not a sacrifice.”

“I’ve always liked to have a ball around me, to have contact with the ball.”

His advice for the audience? “Prepare yourself and help your colleague or team member,” he said. “Humility is important. Try to stay humble.”

He also said to train hard, read as much as you can and don’t fear failure. “I failed a lot of times,” he said. “Football is like that. You can’t always win. You have to seek lessons from the defeats and not lose hope.” 

Now that he’s retired, Ronaldinho is more concerned with giving back. “After I stopped playing, I have soccer academies. That’s what I’m proud of, and it has given me pleasure. To give something back (as a)  thanks to football and everything it have given me.”