UAE to grace next Urban Heritage Forum in Riyadh

An urban heritage official praising the government's efforts for preserving the Saudi urban heritage by restoring rare sites in city-downtowns.
Updated 28 May 2016
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UAE to grace next Urban Heritage Forum in Riyadh

RIYADH: Riyadh will host the sixth edition of the National Urban Heritage Forum (NUHF) under the patronage of Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, who is chairman of the Riyadh Tourism Development Council. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be a guest of honor country at the forum.

The heritage forum is organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) in one of the provinces every year in collaboration with the governorates, municipalities and local universities.
“The SCTNH is preparing to organize the sixth NUHF in April next year in Riyadh with the UAE as a guest of honor country,” an SCTNH official said on Saturday.
He revealed that the upcoming forum will include workshops for business persons under national and international experts and advisers in order to brief them on investment opportunities in urban heritage sites and their economic and cultural feasibility. To take advantage of international and regional experiences, the UAE will be the guest of honor country, he added.
The organizing committee has began communicating with major corporations and organizations to inform them about the investment climate of urban heritage sites, as well as push them to participate in building this important and promising economic sector.
Earlier, Meshari bin Abdullah Al-Naeem, general superintendent of the National Urban Heritage Center and the chief of the organizing committee of the forum said, “the sixth forum will be held in an advanced style different from the previous forums by focusing on building and establishing integrated economic sectors of urban heritage.”
“This time the forum will focus on linking architectural aspects with an economic model to ensure the realization of the SCTNH vision toward development of the tourism sector, especially in the urban heritage sector,” he added.
The organizing committee of the forum this year has started preparations for the forum in a different module, so that the relevant heritage economic sectors in urban areas are classified under four sectors: construction, restoration and contracting, urban heritage sites operation, urban heritage human resources development, and finally urban heritage related industries and services, according to which the forum will be organized.
Notably, the NUHF is organized annually as per the recommendations of the first International Conference for Urban Heritage in the Islamic Countries, which was organized by the SCTNH in collaboration with a number of authorities in Riyadh in 2010.
The first session of the NUHF was organized in Makkah Province; the second was held in the Eastern Province; the third session was held in Madinah Province; the fourth in Asir Province and the fifth session was held in Al-Qassim Province.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman launches $2.6bn projects in Al-Jouf

Updated 21 November 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman launches $2.6bn projects in Al-Jouf

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman inaugurated 242 development projects worth SR10 billion ($2.6 billion) in the northern Al-Jouf province, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
A total of 21 projects will be implemented by the Ministry of Health, 77 by the Ministry of Municipality, and 15 by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, in addition to other investments in the energy, industrial and mining sectors.
Another 11 projects are owned by the Ministry of Housing, 82 by the Ministry of Education and 22 by the Ministry of Transport, the report added.
The king arrived in the Al-Jouf region on Tuesday night, where he was received by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, Cultural Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, and Al-Jouf Gov. Prince Badr bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz.
The king also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for several development projects in the region in a ceremony attended by the crown prince.
King Salman also launched 20 road projects worth SR628 million, including completion works on some roads, addition of lanes to other roads, and construction of secondary roads and junctions on existing roads.
The projects implemented by the Ministry of Transport will increase the roads’ lifespan and performance, and boost the efficiency of transport infrastructure as part of an upgrade of traffic safety under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
King Salman also inaugurated a number of water and sanitation projects, and laid the foundation of the Directorate-General of Water Services building in Al-Jouf, worth SR839 million.
The king also laid the foundation of water projects that include expanding water networks and tanks, linking villages with water lines, and building a water tank in Sakakah at a cost of SR139 million.
He laid also the foundation of the seventh phase of the sewer expansion project in Sakakah at a cost of SR79 million.
The king also pardoned prisoners in the region jailed on financial charges. The order applies to those with debts of SR1 million or less, who are not involved in criminal cases. In addition, the government will pay off the debts of those who have been proven to be unable to repay them.
On Thursday, the king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure, the SPA reported.
He will lay the foundation stone for the first phase of the SR85 billion city in Toriaf province — worth SR55 billion — and is also set to inaugurate the projects and facilities of the second phase, worth SR30 billion.
In the past two months, the king has visited a number of major cities, announcing projects and initiatives to develop the Kingdom in line with Vision 2030, a broad strategic plan to diversify the Kingdom’s economy and end its dependence on oil revenues.
Before arriving in Al-Jouf, King Salman visited Tabuk, where several projects worth more than SR11 billion were launched.
He also met the team heading Amaala, the ultra-luxury tourist destination that was unveiled in September and dubbed the “Riviera of the Middle East,” and was briefed on plans for the new attraction.
King Salman praised Amaala’s objectives to contribute to promoting economic diversification, creating investment opportunities for the private sector, and developing the tourism sector in Saudi Arabia while preserving the cultural and environmental heritage.
On Tuesday, the crown prince also chaired a briefing on the combat readiness of various military sectors in the north. During his visit at King Faisal Air Base in the region, he received the families of security men and soldiers who had sacrificed their lives defending the country.