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.


‘Our History is Misk’ revive 20 traditional professional figures in Jeddah

Cafes were an important part of Jeddah’s social life. (AN photo)
Updated 24 September 2018
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‘Our History is Misk’ revive 20 traditional professional figures in Jeddah

  • Cafes were an important part of Jeddah’s social life

JEDDAH: “Our History is Misk,” supported by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation, is being organized at the historical site of Jeddah.
The event is bringing nostalgia through a number of scenes that embody the life the city witnessed decades ago.
It comes as one of the activities of the foundation’s initiatives center and is part of its role in encouraging creativity and promoting national values in society.
The activities include an open theater to portray the professions of Jeddah citizens in the past. A number of local actors brought 20 extinct professions back to life through their performances.
One of the actors sits in the center, playing the role of the mayor, who used to help the people and solved their differences. Also showcased were the “decorator,” who is similar to barbers nowadays, the distribution of fabrics used in houses at the time, the selling of water in alleys for nominal amounts of money, and the restoration and cleaning of shoes.
Cafes were an important part of Jeddah’s social life. In them, people with all kinds of professions met to drink tea and listen to a storyteller.