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.


King Salman launches restoration program for Tarif historical district

Updated 10 December 2018
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King Salman launches restoration program for Tarif historical district

JEDDAH: King Salman patronized on Sunday the inaugural ceremony for the restoration of the Tarif historical district in the presence of leaders, presidents, and delegations from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The program aims at the development of the ancient historical city so as to transform it into an international tourist and cultural hub. It also aims to list it among the world heritage sites.

In a speech delivered during this ceremony, Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Governor of Riyadh region, thanked King Salman for his support of the program, which coincides with the fourth anniversary of the king’s ascension to the throne.