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. 


Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

Updated 19 July 2019
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Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

JEDDAH: Support for Sudan in the wake of a new deal on civilian rule was among items discussed during a meeting between leading Islamic and European officials in Saudi Arabia.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, received Finnish foreign minister, Pekka Haavisto, in Jeddah. Finland currently holds the rotational presidency of the Council of the EU.
Al-Othaimeen and Haavisto had a constructive exchange of views on common issues with particular focus on Sudan after civilian and military leaders signed an agreement aimed at installing a civilian administration.
The deal came after three months of deadlock since Omar Bashir was deposed as president, and the two officials discussed ways to back Khartoum in its transitional phase.
The secretary-general commended the role of Finland and the EU in promoting peace, security, stability and development in different parts of the world and expressed the OIC’s readiness to engage in issues of mutual interest.
Haavisto praised the role of the OIC in promoting the culture of peace, dialogue and understanding, noting the organization’s vast experience in leading peace building initiatives among its member states in collaboration with other partners.