World tourism chief visits Saudi National Museum

Zurab Pololikashvili visited National Museum at the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center, in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 07 February 2019
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World tourism chief visits Saudi National Museum

  • The official toured the iconic museum, which is home to a vast array of artifacts showcasing the cultural heritage of the Arabian Peninsula


JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, did some sightseeing of his own during a visit to the Saudi capital.
The official toured the National Museum at the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center, in Riyadh, which houses a vast range of displays showcasing the culture and heritage of the Arabian Peninsula.
After viewing artefacts from various civilizations, Pololikashvili visited the Saudi history hall where the National Museum’s director-general, Dr. Khaled Al-Haiti, explained the background to some of the exhibits. 
Pololikashvili also watched a documentary about the unification of Saudi Arabia by its founder Abdul Aziz.
Afterwards, the tourism chief visited the Korean Archeology Exhibition, which runs until March 7 in the National Museum complex. Entitled “Korean History and Culture: An Enchanting Journey to the Korean Civilization,” the exhibition includes more than 200 pieces of Korean archeology, culture and folklore products, plus a selection of displays from the National Museum of Korea, in Seoul.
Writing in the visitor book at the end of his tour, Pololikashvili said it had been a pleasure to learn about the Kingdom’s history, and he thanked museum staff for receiving him.
Earlier, Pololikashvili met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and praised Saudi Arabia’s diversity of tourism and cultural development.
The meeting reviewed aspects of the bilateral partnership between the Kingdom and UNWTO, the initiatives of Vision 2030, and UNWTO’s support for the country’s tourism programs.
Chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), Ahmad Al-Khateeb, also met Pololikashvili, and they discussed ways to further strengthen cooperation between the SCTH and UNWTO.
 


Saudi Crown Prince sends Modi letter of thanks after leaving India

Updated 21 February 2019
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Saudi Crown Prince sends Modi letter of thanks after leaving India

  • In the letter, the crown prince expressed “gratitude and appreciation” for Modi’s hospitality
  • After his visit to India, the crown prince arrived in China on Thursday

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a letter of thanks to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi following his departure from India on Wednesday.

In the letter, the crown prince expressed “gratitude and appreciation” for Modi’s hospitality during his visit with the Saudi delegation.  

“The talks we had confirmed the strength of the strategic relations between our countries, and the importance of improving cooperation in all fields, in a way that would serve the best interests of our states and nations,” the letter said.

After his visit to India, the crown prince arrived in China on Thursday, on the third leg of his Asia tour that started in Pakistan.

Here is the letter in full:

Prime Minister of the Republic of India

Greetings,

I am pleased to express my gratitude and appreciation for your hospitality towards me and my delegation.

The talks we had confirmed the strength of the strategic relations between our countries, and the importance of improving cooperation in all fields, in a way that would serve the best interests of our states and nations.

Wishing health and happiness for your country, and progress and prosperity for your friendly nation, accept my sincerest greetings and appreciation.

Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud

Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister