Jabal Omar opens up in Makkah to take visitors on a journey deep into history

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The Saudi Arabian General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage has launched the ‘Jabal Omar project in the Holy City of Makkah. (SPA)
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The Saudi Arabian General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage has launched the ‘Jabal Omar project in the Holy City of Makkah. (SPA)
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The Saudi Arabian General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage has launched the ‘Jabal Omar project in the Holy City of Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 29 May 2018
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Jabal Omar opens up in Makkah to take visitors on a journey deep into history

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage has launched the ‘Jabal Omar project in the Holy City of Makkah.
The project which is a celebration of heritage and culture was organized in cooperation with the Holy city’s heritage and cultural authority to promote adjacent neighborhood to the Haram where millions visit during their Hajj or Umrah religious visits to the city.
The Director of the Holy city’s Authority for Tourism and National Heritage Dr. Faisal bin Mohammed Al-Sharif said that “the Jabal Omar festival is a cultural event that celebrates local heritage in the historic Al-Khalil market one of the oldest markets adjacent to the Holy Mosque.”
Al Sharif said to the Saudi press agency that the main objectives of the project and festival is to expose locals and visitors to local crafts, and local produce, and Makkan folklore through alive in the area for many centuries. The project set aside stalls spaces and shops for the festival.
The Tourism and National Heritage Authority said it aims to present Makkah visitors with seven activities that reflect the rich culture and history of the area. This starts with listening to the ‘Hakawati’ or the story teller and his tales of the city and is considered its living memory. Then the visitor will go through the history of the city told in a photographic exhibition. The heritage museum is not far from the quarter for those interested in history of the area. Local art galleries, markets, the old bazaar and food stoles selling local delicacies round up your visit in Jabal Omar.


Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

Updated 22 February 2019
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Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

ARAB NEWS BEIJING: Leading academics and literary talents from Saudi Arabia and China will be honored under an award scheme sponsored by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom and China during a visit to King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University in Beijing on Thursday.
The announcement was made on the eve of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to China, the latest stop on an Asian tour.
The cultural cooperation award will honor leading academics, translators and high-achievers from the Kingdom and China in the categories: Best scientific research in Arabic, best artistic work, best Chinese-Arabic book translation and vice versa, person of the year, and most influential person of the year in the cultural milieu.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said: “This partnership is in the name of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and represents the common commitment to build cultural bridges between the two countries, developing cultural exchange, and promoting artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens.”
He said the yearly award will promote language, literature, and Arabic and creative arts in China, and encourage cultural exchange.
The Kingdom and China have a long history of cultural cooperation, including the annual Arabic Arts Festival.
The King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University was inaugurated in 2017 during King Salman’s official visit to China, where he received an honorary doctorate degree.