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 Cabinet welcomes Ethiopian, Eritrean peace agreement

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Jeddah on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Cabinet welcomes Ethiopian, Eritrean peace agreement

  • The king briefed the Cabinet on the results of his meetings with Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali to sign the Jeddah Peace Agreement
  • The king wished the two countries further security, prosperity and stability

JEDDAH: King Salman chaired the Cabinet’s session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday.

The king briefed the Cabinet on the results of his meetings with Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali to sign the Jeddah Peace Agreement.

King Salman expressed his congratulations to the two countries and said that he hoped the signing of the agreement would be a strong basis for closer cooperation and friendship, achieving security and stability, and would positively affect the security and stability of the region.

The king also congratulated Djibouti and Eritrea on their historic meeting in Jeddah — which came in response to his invitation — wishing the two countries further security, prosperity and stability.

The Cabinet praised the efforts of the two countries’ leaders to restore relations between them to establish a new stage that would witness a great development in relations and further cooperation.

The Cabinet congratulated the king and crown prince on the success of these efforts, which resulted in the signing of the Jeddah Peace Agreement and also the historic meeting between Djibouti and Eritrea after ten years of severed relations. 

The Cabinet praised the resolutions of the 150th ordinary session of the Arab League’s Council at the level of foreign ministers held in Cairo, and the statement issued by the Arab Quartet Ministerial Committee held on the sidelines of the 150th session of the Arab League’s Council, on the follow-up of the crisis with Iran and ways to address its interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries.

The Cabinet highlighted the terrorism practiced by Iran through its interference in Arab affairs, which needs cooperation to confront and deter, reiterating that the Kingdom has made efforts to combat terrorism and has not hesitated to provide support with the cooperation of the international community to address this.

The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s strong condemnation of the suicide bombings north of Tikrit in Iraq, the Somali capital of Mogadishu and Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, expressing condolences to the families of the victims, the governments and peoples of Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan.