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.


Saudi special forces capture leader of Daesh in Yemen

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Saudi special forces capture leader of Daesh in Yemen

  • Weapons, ammunition and telecommunication devices were also seized during the 10-minute operation
  • There were no injuries to civilians, including 3 women and 3 children who were inside the house

RIYADH: Saudi and Yemeni special forces captured the leader of Daesh in Yemen, the Arab coalition said Tuesday.
Abu Osama Al-Muhajir was seized during an operation on June 3 along with a Daesh financial officer and a number of other members of the organization, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The arrests were made at a house that had been under surveillance, coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said. Three women and three children were in the house at the time.
The operation took 10 minutes and the women and children were unharmed.

The statement did not specify where in Yemen the raid took place.
“The operation was successful in capturing the terrorists and ensuring the safety of the women and children inside the house,” Col. Al Malki said.
The forces recovered a number of weapons, ammunition, laptops and computers, money in different currencies, and communications equipment.

Extremist groups like Al-Qaeda and Daesh have attempted to take advantage of the conflict in Yemen and assert their authority in some areas of the country — particularly in the south.
The Arab coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE, is fighting in support of the official government against the Iran-backed Houthi militia that seized the capital Sanaa in 2014. But the coalition has also been working with Yemeni forces to combat extremist groups in the south.
“This operation is an extension of the close cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Yemeni government to combat terrorism and dismantle the terrorist organizations,” Al-Maliki said. “It is also a painful blow to the terrorist Daesh organization, especially in Yemen, and it follows the Kingdom’s efforts to combat terrorism in all its forms.”