ThePlace: The 600-year-old Thi Ain Heritage Village in Al-Baha

Thi Ain Heritage Village. (Photo/Saudi Tourism)
Updated 29 December 2018
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ThePlace: The 600-year-old Thi Ain Heritage Village in Al-Baha

  • The Saudi government has spent more than SR16 million ($4.265 million) on restoration work in the village

Heritage village in the frame: The 600-year-old Thi Ain Heritage Village in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Al-Baha province is one of the Gulf region’s most eye-catching archaeological sites.
Built as a citadel on top of a hill, and surrounded by banana trees and fruit orchards, the village has almost 60 multi-story houses built of stone and held together by mud and mortar.
Under a Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) development plan, the village will become an economic, tourism and cultural resource, with job opportunities for local communities and tourist guides. The Saudi government has spent more than SR16 million ($4.265 million) on restoration work in the village.
Duhaim Al-Duhaim captures the heritage village’s beauty in this award-winning photo for the Colors of Saudi contest organized by SCTH.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.