Saudi Arabia among world’s richest countries with ancient manuscripts

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Most inscriptions found in Saudi Arabia include Thamudic, Najdi, Hijazi and Tabuk writings. (SPA)
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Most inscriptions found in Saudi Arabia include Thamudic, Najdi, Hijazi and Tabuk writings. (SPA)
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Most inscriptions found in Saudi Arabia include Thamudic, Najdi, Hijazi and Tabuk writings. (SPA)
Updated 09 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia among world’s richest countries with ancient manuscripts

  • More writings from other civilizations such as Greek, Latin, cuneiform, and Egyptian scripts are also found in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s richest country in old manuscripts, said a lecturer in literature at King Saud University.
Sulaiman bin Abdulrahman Al-Theeb, professor of the university's Ancient Arabic Literature, said that Saudi Arabia is one of the richest countries in the world regarding ancient manuscripts.
Most inscriptions found in the Kingdom include Thamudic, Najdi, Hijazi and Tabuk writings.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, the lecture presented by Al-Theeb, entitled "Ancient Arabic writings in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," was recently held at the National Museum in Riyadh, in the presence of a number of researchers, specialists and academics.
Al-Theeb noted that among the most important writings are the Nabatean scripts in the Kingdom’s Al-Qassim region; Al-Safa'i writings in the country's northern region; Aldadaniyah writings in Al-Ula region; along with the Aramaic scripts, which are among the most important writings in the world.
He also mentioned other writings discovered in the regions of Al-Ihsaa, Saba’a and the Maeen writings, affiliated with the ancient Maeen tribe, as well as the Tadmur writings found in the north of the Kingdom.
More writings from other civilizations such as Greek, Latin, cuneiform, and Egyptian scripts are also found in the Kingdom, he added.


Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

Updated 17 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has provided $1 million to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Saudi Press Agency reported Monday.

The announcement came as part of the “Kingdom’s efforts in supporting international organizations and bodies and the leadership’s keenness to play an important role in the most important international and regional organizations,” SPA said.

The aid will go towards supporting ICAO’s No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative, which aims to assist developing countries in applying the standards and recommended methods for the safety and security of civil aviation.

The aid will also contribute to the costs of translating the organization’s documents and publications into Arabic.

The President of the Kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri thanked King Salman for his support to the aviation sector locally, regionally and globally, 

He said: “this contributes to the development of the aviation industry and to improve the safety and security of civil aviation in developing countries, least developed countries and island states.

The $1 million of financial assistance is an extension of the Kingdom's previous financial support in 2016 which “ the level of safety and security of civil aviation in the Middle East and Africa," Al-Mansouri said.

Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ICAO’s president, thanked the king for the support.