Al-Ahsa enters UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Updated 13 December 2015

Al-Ahsa enters UNESCO Creative Cities Network

JEDDAH: Al-Ahsa in the Eastern Province has become the first Gulf city to make it to UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network list.
It is now among 47 cities from 33 countries that are part of the network in seven creative fields — crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts and music.
Al-Ahsa is known for handicrafts such as palm production, wood industry, leather works, sewing and iron works.
Al-Ahsa Mayor Adel Al-Mulhim said that UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) aims to foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development.
He said that a specific UNESCO committee worked on nominating these cities to be included in the list, including cities that have natural or human-made features, such as crafts and buildings.
Al-Mulhim said that the selected cities get world recognition to ensure that they pass on their heritage to the coming generations, and all members enter into an agreement to protect and preserve sites.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was launched in 2004 and comprise 116 member cities.


Houthis target Saudi Khamis Mushayt in repeat attack

Updated 22 August 2019

Houthis target Saudi Khamis Mushayt in repeat attack

  • Houthis claimed 10 drones which hit a Saudi natural gas liquefaction plant
  • The Arab coalition said the Houthis are becoming desperate because of their losses

DUBAI: The Arab coalition destroyed two Houthi drones targeting Khamis Mushayt city in south west Saudi Arabia, the state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.

It was the latest in a spate of drone attacks claimed by the Houthi militia in recent weeks, including 10 drones that hit the Saudi Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant near the UAE border.

Arab Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the coalition were taking all possible measures and employing best practices to intercept the drones and stop attacks,

And said the the repeated attacks showed the militants were becoming increasingly desperate as they continued to lose on a daily basis.