ThePlace: Ashikar Heritage Village in Riyadh

Ashikar Heritage Village. (Photo/Saudi Tourism)
Updated 09 February 2019
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ThePlace: Ashikar Heritage Village in Riyadh

  • Tourists can visit museums and restaurants serving traditional foods, located around the heritage center site

The most popular port of call for visitors to Riyadh is the historic Ashikar Heritage Village.
Characterized by its old mud buildings the site, 200 km northwest of the Saudi capital, has become a major attraction for tourists and locals alike.
Residents of Ashikar initiated the restoration of the town, and with the support of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), it has been turned into one of the Kingdom’s most treasured architectural gems.
Tourists can also visit museums and restaurants serving traditional foods, located around the heritage center site.


Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019
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Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.