MoU signed to preserve Saudi heritage

Saudi Arabia first started registering sites when the government approved the registration of three sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2006. (SPA)
Updated 03 September 2018
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MoU signed to preserve Saudi heritage

  • The General Culture Authority’s role is to preserve, protect, enrich and promote the Kingdom’s cultural sector

JEDDAH: The General Culture Authority has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Saudi Heritage Preservation Society in Riyadh to enhance cooperation in support of the intangible cultural heritage sector in the Kingdom.
The memorandum was signed by the Executive Chairman of the General Culture Authority, Engineer Ahmed bin Fahd Al-Mazyad and the Director General of the Saudi Heritage Preservation Society Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Eidan.
Engineer Al-Mazyad said that the signing of this memorandum comes from the keenness of the Authority to build a meaningful and fruitful partnership with the Society aiming at providing all services that will contribute to documenting elements of intangible cultural heritage in a number of regions in the Kingdom and the elements of intangible cultural heritage of files of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The General Culture Authority’s role is to preserve, protect, enrich and promote the Kingdom’s cultural sector, nurturing cultural talent, supporting cultural diversity and Saudi identity through the arts. It seeks to enhance the cultural standing of the Kingdom by extending bridges and opening channels of communication regionally and globally, contributing to the development of a vibrant society, in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.


Preserving national identity a challenge: Saudi Arabia's Islamic affairs minister

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Preserving national identity a challenge: Saudi Arabia's Islamic affairs minister

  • Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh told delegates at a conference in Cairo that it was a shared duty to preserve national identity
  • More than 150 people — including ministers, scientists, intellectuals and professors — took part in the conference

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia faces “great challenges” in preserving its national identity as it keeps up with modern society, the minister of Islamic affairs said Saturday.
Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh told delegates at a conference in Cairo that it was a shared duty to preserve religious constants and national identity.
“This is especially significant as we face great challenges of building the national character that combines preserving authentic national identity and keeping pace with contemporary civil society,” he said.
He was speaking at the 29th International Conference of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, which was organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf (religious endowments) under the patronage of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
More than 150 people — including ministers, scientists, intellectuals and professors — took part in the conference.
The Saudi minister stressed it was important for people to actively participate in developing their nation and contributing to its progress and prosperity.
He explained that the process was hard on a practical level as it demanded loyalty and perseverance, “especially amid the unprecedented openness” of traditional and new forms of media and communication.
Al-Asheikh said that Saudi citizens were proud of their identity and protected their nation against any danger because they loved and respected their country and leaders.
“It has also made Saudis respect other peoples who love their countries and prevented them from intervening in their affairs,” he added.