7,000-year-old sites discovered in Al-Jouf

Updated 22 March 2016
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7,000-year-old sites discovered in Al-Jouf

JEDDAH: There have been several ancient sites discovered in Al-Jouf dating back to the Chalcolithic Era 7,000 years ago.
This is according to Hans-Georg Gebel, professor of Neolithic and Bronze Age Studies at the Free University of Berlin in Germany and head of the Saudi-German excavation team in Al Rajajeel.
Gebel made the announcement during a lecture organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH), represented by the Center for Archaeological Studies and Research at the National Museum in Riyadh, an online media outlet reported.
He said some of the most important items found at the Rajajeel site included jewelry, necklaces, beads made of metal, shells, bones, utensils made of sandstone, and fan-shaped scrapers.
“The mission also found square-shaped sandstone with curved angles which were apparently moved to the oval burial chamber because it was found among a row of square stones in the interior walls of the chamber,” he said.
Gebel said the Rajajeel site was a central cemetery for the pastoral nomadic communities dating back from 6500 to 7000 years ago. There were tombs of up to 4.5 meters high, most probably monuments for tribal leaders, Gebel was quoted as saying by the SCTNH in a press release.



















There were two wells of about 4 to 5 meters deep dating back to about 5000 BC, with the likelihood of other similar ones also in the area. Extensive tests were conducted on the residues.


Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

The marketing plan of the village has been put in place to target private and international schools to ensure high attendance. (Shutterstock)
Updated 21 January 2019
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Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

  • “Participants from some 50 countries have so far confirmed their interest in taking part in the festival, which will be held on an area of more than 45,000 square meters,” Suzan Eskander said

JEDDAH: For the first time in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah will host a multicultural festival that takes visitors on a virtual tour of 50 countries.
The global village will be set up inside Atallah Happy Land Park along the city’s famous waterfront every day from 5 p.m. to midnight between Feb. 28 and March 29.
The event is one of many aiming to enhance tourism, as well as the local economy.
Suzan Eskander, director-general of International Image, the organizing company, told Arab News that the village is expected to attract 1 million visitors.
“Participants from some 50 countries have so far confirmed their interest in taking part in the festival, which will be held on an area of more than 45,000 square meters,” she said.
“There will be pavilions for participants from five Gulf Cooperation Council states, 10 Arab countries, 18 African countries, 10 European countries and four countries from the Americas.”
She added that folkloric dances would be performed by bands from each country.
“Performers will be dressed in traditional costumes,” she said. “Visitors can also enjoy dishes and traditional products from different countries.”
Eskander also said paintings portraying heritage and culture in the different countries would be on display.
“In addition, we are hopeful that the children’s zone will wow young visitors,” she said. “Little guests can develop their skills in drawing and games, as well as play zones.”
Eskander said the village was timed to coincide with the city’s good weather season, adding that a marketing plan has been put in place to target private and international schools to ensure high attendance. Eskander expressed her gratitude to the General Entertainment Authority for their continued support and cooperation.
“They have not only provided us instructions for obtaining the festival’s license, but are still following up to ensure that everything is going smoothly,” she said.