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.


Prince Turki: Purveyors of terror not from one religion

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Prince Turki: Purveyors of terror not from one religion

  • Saudi Arabia’s former diplomat commends Arab News for ‘Preachers of Hate’ project
  • The campaign, in print and online, analyzes the words and deeds of extremist preachers and clerics from all religions and nationalities, places them in context, and explains how they fuel terrorism

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s former ambassador to the US and UK, Prince Turki Al-Faisal, has praised the weekly “Preachers of Hate” project that Arab News launched online and in print on Sunday.

“I think this is something that Arab News has stood for since its establishment more than 40 years ago,” he told the newspaper with regard to the project, which highlights extremists from various religions who incite hatred and spread terror worldwide.

“So I congratulate us, as readers of this service that Arab News is providing us. 

“Exposing the purveyors of hate, whoever they may be, is an essential part of combatting terrorism and hate speech. So good luck.”

Prince Turki said the recent terrorist attacks against peaceful worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, were a “horrific crime” perpetrated by a hateful purveyor of bias and prejudice.

He added that the murderer is a “perfect example of what we’re combatting in the Kingdom. 

“The efforts of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, and his Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, emphasize the need to stand up to these hateful criminals who distort the teachings of religion. 

“Unfortunately, these purveyors of mayhem, destruction and terrorism come from all religious and philosophical backgrounds.”

When asked by Arab News whether Daesh was truly defeated, Prince Turki said: “I don’t know.” 

He added that Saudi Arabia succeeded in combatting Al-Qaeda, yet from that group came Daesh, which he referred to as “fahish,” which means obscene in Arabic.

“Now we see claims of the eradication of fahish. What will follow we will have to wait and see,” he said.

“But if you look at some geographical areas — from the Philippines through to Afghanistan, Indonesia, all the way to North Africa and some of the Sahel countries in Africa — there are still those who are carrying the flag of fahish. 

“So maybe in Syria and Iraq there has been success in removing fahish from the scene, but it exists in other places.”