World Heritage Day observed in Madinah

Training sessions contributed to the formation of qualified personnel to better protect the Kingdom’s heritage. (SPA)
Updated 24 April 2019
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World Heritage Day observed in Madinah

  • World Heritage Day activities highlight the work done by the SCTH to preserve the Kingdom’s heritage

MADINAH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) in Madinah celebrated World Heritage Day on Sunday at the city’s Hejaz Railway Museum, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Researchers and history enthusiasts participated in the event. 

“World Heritage Day activities highlight the work done by the SCTH to preserve the Kingdom’s heritage. It does so by showcasing the Kingdom’s heritage sites, and Madinah’s sites, in particular, through its programs and working to safeguard them for they have a pivotal role in shaping our future,” said the general manager of SCTH’s Madinah branch, Faisal bin Khalid Al-Madani. “This occasion comes as a renewed opportunity for specialists to shed light on heritage and its importance among different generations.”

Training sessions contributed to the formation of qualified personnel to better protect the Kingdom’s heritage, he added.

Madinah has numerous heritage museums and sites that constitute important tourist destinations for the region’s visitors such as the Hejaz Railway Museum.

Last month, the Saudi Culture Ministry and UNESCO signed a memorandum of understanding in Paris aimed at promoting cooperation in culture and preserving heritage.

The cooperation will focus on preserving and repairing heritage sites, as well as on developing the arts, festivals and literature. 


King Salman convenes summit of Gulf and Arab states

Updated 19 May 2019
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King Salman convenes summit of Gulf and Arab states

  • Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Islamic Summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman has called for the convening of two summits of Gulf and Arab states to be held on May 30 in Makkah.

The meeting will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Islamic Summit.

According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement, King Salman has sent an invitation to the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and leaders of other Arab countries to two summits to discuss the recent attacks by the Iranian-backed Houthis in the UAE and on Saudi Arabia's oil pipelines and their repercussions on the region. 

“The attack on ships in the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates and the terrorist-backed Iran-backed Houthi militias’ attack on two oil pumping stations in the Kingdom have serious implications for regional and international peace and security and for the supply and stability of world oil markets,” the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.