Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa participates in UNESCO Creative Cities Conference

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Local musicians perform at an event in Al-Ahsa, a governorate in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province region. (SPA)
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Local musicians perform at an event in Al-Ahsa, a governorate in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province region. (SPA)
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Local musicians perform at an event in Al-Ahsa, a governorate in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province region. (SPA)
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A local musician perform at an event in Al-Ahsa, a governorate in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province region. (SPA)
Updated 10 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa participates in UNESCO Creative Cities Conference

RIYADH: Al-Ahsa’s secretariat is participating in the 13th annual conference of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), which began on Sunday in Fabriano, Italy. Representatives of 180 creative cities from 72 countries are attending the conference.

The weeklong meeting will see participants share their practices and experiences, and discuss the role of creativity and culture in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Al-Ahsa’s secretariat will discuss its experience of heritage preservation in Al-Ahsa, which it has accomplished through a number of executive programs, social contributions and festivals — demonstrating the importance of culture and creativity in shaping cities of the future, and the role of arts and crafts in sustainable urban development.

Al-Ahsa Mayor Adel Al-Mulhim said that the secretariat aims to further develop its role in involving artisans and craftsmen in festivals and other events, adding that Al-Ahsa’s creative scene is on a par with other creative cities around the world.

Inscribed in 2018, Al-Ahsa became the fifth Saudi site on the World Heritage List following Madain Saleh, Al-Turaif district in Ad-Diriyah, Historic Jeddah, and Rock Art in the Hail region. SPA Riyadh


Houthis have smuggled various weapons from Iran: Arab coalition

Updated 24 June 2019
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Houthis have smuggled various weapons from Iran: Arab coalition

  • Col. Al-Maliki also said that the Houthis are digging trenches and building fortifications in Hodeidah
  • Said Iran-backed militia is trying to provoke the coalition

RIYADH: The Arab coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government said on Monday that the Houthi militia has received various types of weapons smuggled from Iran.
Speaking at a weekly press conference in Riyadh, spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the militia has suffered heavy losses and as a result they have been targeting civilians and civilian installations.
Col. Al-Maliki also said that the Houthis are digging trenches and building fortifications in Hodeidah in violation of the Stockholm agreement.
He said that the Iran-backed militia is trying to provoke the coalition, but “we will apply international law.”
He added that the coalition has started providing financial assistance to those affected by accidents in Yemen and the coalition has already compensated 116 people affected.