Hofuf’s Al-Qarah village to be developed

Updated 02 February 2015
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Hofuf’s Al-Qarah village to be developed

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) in Al-Ahsa is studying a project to create a tourist track to Al-Qarah village bringing the total number of tourist tracks to four with one in the central oasis, the second in central Hofuf and the third in Al-Uqair which are all currently under construction.
SCTA Director General in Al-Ahsa, Ali bin Taher Al-Haji, said that the decision was made during a meeting with a delegation from Al-Qarah held at the SCTA headquarters in the presence of municipal council member Ali Al-Sultan.
Al-Haji said that Al-Qarah has a number of tourist spots that will enrich the integrated tourism experience, including Jabl Al-Qarah, Dogh Algrash (pottery area), the Sunday market (under development) and Ras Jabl Al-Qarah.
During the meeting, Al-Haji reviewed the efforts of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities under the supervision of Prince Sultan bin Salman, in the development of tourism in the Kingdom.
A discussion followed on Al-Ahsa’s distinctive natural and historical touristic elements with the support of Prince Badr bin Mohammed Al-Jalawi, Al-Ahsa governor and chairman of the Tourism Development Council in the province.
Al-Haji heard the delegation’s suggestions to improve the tourism input which includes the establishment of a pottery museum, a working group to serve artisans and the restoration of the historic gates to the province.
The meeting concluded with the formation of a working group to oversee the technical aspects of the project.
Al-Qarah village is well known for its mountain, Jabl Al-Qarah, which contains numerous caves and massive rocks and boulders. The limestone caves on the mountain are a must-see for visitors. They have a distinctive quality of staying cool in hot weather and warm in the winter.


White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

Updated 8 min 25 sec ago
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White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

WASHINGTON: Speaking about Saudi Arabia's investigation into the case of the late Jamal Khashoggi, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said that the Trump administration is still in "fact-finding phase."

"We're getting facts in from multiple places and once those facts come in, the secretary of state will work with our national security team to help us determine what we want to believe, and what we think is credible and what we think is not credible," Kushner said on Monday

"We have our eyes wide open. The president's focused on what's good for America, what are our strategic interests, where do we share interests with other countries let's work towards those," he added.

Kushner stressed that Saudi Arabia was an "important ally" of the US, and a "critical partner," especially in countering Iran's influence in the Middle East.

Kushner also said he had spoken to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the case.