12 archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa World Heritage file

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Unesco added Saudi Arabia's Al Ahsa Oasis to its World Heritage List on June 29, 2018, the UN cultural organisation said. (SPA)
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Unesco added Saudi Arabia's Al Ahsa Oasis to its World Heritage List on June 29, 2018, the UN cultural organisation said. (SPA)
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Unesco added Saudi Arabia's Al Ahsa Oasis to its World Heritage List on June 29, 2018, the UN cultural organisation said. (SPA)
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Unesco added Saudi Arabia's Al Ahsa Oasis to its World Heritage List on June 29, 2018, the UN cultural organisation said. (SPA)
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Unesco added Saudi Arabia's Al Ahsa Oasis to its World Heritage List on June 29, 2018, the UN cultural organisation said. (SPA)
Updated 07 July 2018
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12 archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa World Heritage file

  • Al-Ahsa has enjoyed great attention since the days of the late King Abdul Aziz

JEDDAH: Archaeologist and adviser to the president of the SCTH, Ali Al-Ghabban, who is a supervisor for the file submitted to list Al-Ahsa as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, said the file registered 12 archaeological sites in Al-Ahsa as a first stage.
Al-Ghabban said that 12 other archaeological sites, such as Al-Uqair Port and the center of Al-Hofuf, are being prepared to be included in the second stage.
“Al-Ahsa has enjoyed great attention since the days of the late King Abdul Aziz,” he said.
“To protect Al-Ahsa after the discovery of Ghawar oilfield, King Abdul Aziz took a strategic decision to keep all oil factories at a distance of 150 kilometers from Al-Ahsa.”


Saudi forces intercept Houthi missile targeting Najran

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Saudi forces intercept Houthi missile targeting Najran

DUBAI: Saudi forces intercept missile fired by Houthi militias in the direction of Najran on Wednesday.

Last week, the kingdom’s air defense system intercepted a ballistic Houthi missile fired from northern Yemen.
A Saudi-led coalition said the missile was fired from Saada province toward the southern Saudi city of Najran. No casualties were reported.
Coalition spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that at 12:52 p.m. the coalition’s air defense forces spotted the missile launched by the Iran-backed militant group, where it was intercepted and destroyed.
Al-Maliki said that the missile was deliberately launched to target civilian and populated areas.
The spokesperson added that “this hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regime’s continued involvement in supporting the rebels with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolution 2216 and 2231 aimed at safeguarding Saudi Arabia’s security and any regional and international threats.”