Restoration projects to begin on heritage sites in Al-Ahsa

Prince Saud bin Naif
Updated 07 July 2018
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Restoration projects to begin on heritage sites in Al-Ahsa

  • Archaeological evidence shows that it exchanged products from southern Arabia and Persia as well as throughout the Arabian Peninsula
  • Al-Ahsa oasis is dotted with yet-to-be-excavated archeological sites

JEDDAH: Prince Saud bin Naif, governor of the Eastern Province and chairman of its Tourism Development Council, will inaugurate on Sunday a number of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) projects in Al-Ahsa governorate.
The projects include the restoration, rehabilitation and development of heritage sites and buildings.
The inauguration will celebrate the inclusion of Al-Ahsa Oasis as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and will witness the inauguration of the construction stages of Al-Ahsa Museum.
Earlier, SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman said: “Al-Ahsa is the most deserving site represented this year at the UNESCO conference. It is a site that comes from history, 5,000 years of history as an oasis.”
SCTH aims to prepare a solid platform for tourists to make their experience unforgettable by preparing tour guides, tour operators and security systems.
The tourism commission is establishing different companies, including Saudi Heritage Hospitality Co., in which there are lots of heritage houses to be renovated.


Formula E brings racing-themed roadshow to Jeddah

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Formula E brings racing-themed roadshow to Jeddah

  • The Road to Ad Diriyah will give Jeddah a taste of the historical three-day festival of racing, live music, culture and entertainment that is set to take place in Ad Diriyah
  • More than 6,000 motorsport fans stormed to Khobar last week for the road show

DUBAI: After a successful run in Khobar last week, Road to Ad Diriyah, a racing-themed entertainment event, is set to visit Jeddah as the country gears up for all-electric street car-racing activities in December.
More than 6,000 motorsport fans stormed to Khobar last week for the road show, which featured racing-themed activities heralding the upcoming 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix on Dec. 13 to 15, a first-of-its-kind sporting event in the Middle East.
The Jeddah edition opens on Nov. 22, with most of the activities from the previous one, as well as an e-sports competition whose winner will take home SAR 1,000,000.


The ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah e-sports championship allows fans to command a SAR 250,000 professional racing simulator. The 16 best participants will then be invited to Ad Diriyah in December for the grand finals.
The Road to Ad Diriyah will give Jeddah a taste of what the historical three-day festival of racing, live music, culture and entertainment that is set to take place in Ad Diriyah will be like.
Bavaria Zaman, who visited the Khobar show with husband Rashid Khan and kids Nawal, Daiin and Nashin, said: “I think it’s fantastic. The kids are running around and having fun.”
The upcoming E-Prix is the first in a 10-year partnership between ABB FIA Formula E and the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA) and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF).