Universities commended for their role in heritage education

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Updated 17 December 2012
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Universities commended for their role in heritage education

Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, has commended Saudi universities for their role in heritage education.
“All innovative projects presented by university students have won awards. This shows the Kingdom’s high potential of urban heritage development,” he said while addressing a ceremony for the distribution of Sultan bin Salman Urban Heritage Award.
The ceremony was organized by Turath charity association in cooperation with Dammam University, featured in the Second Urban Heritage Forum held under the aegis of Eastern Province Gov. Prince Muhammad bin Fahd.
The SCTA president thanked Prince Muhammad for attending the ceremony that reflected “his concern for national heritage in general and the urban heritage in particular, and his support for the heritage preservation.”
Prince Sultan, who is also president of Turath and head of the award’s supreme committee, said this year, the committee had noticed a substantial increase in participation and attendance thanks to the efforts exerted by the award’s patron and organizers.
Abdullah bin Muhammad Al-Rubaish, president of Dammam University, commended Prince Sultan’s keenness to preserve the Kingdom’s heritage. “This award bespeaks Prince Sultan’s concern for preserving urban heritage as an outstanding feature of our national identity and Islamic Arab civilization.”
Usamah bin Usamah Al-Guhari, general-secretary of Turath, noted the importance of the award due to its deep civilizational and historical interests. He thanked the SCTA for its interest in urban heritage development.
During the ceremony, Prince Sultan declared the acceptance by Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, of the Sultan bin Salman Urban Heritage Award for his lifetime achievement.
“The lifetime achievement award has been honored by acceptance of Prince Salman,” the SCTA chief said, and thanked the crown prince for his efforts in developing urban heritage sites in Riyadh during the past 50 years.
“Prince Salman’s concern for the promotion of urban heritage wasn’t limited to Riyadh, but it was nationwide and gained international applause. That reflects his pride of the Islamic Arab civilization and the depth of its influence and importance of its cultural, social and economic dimensions.”
The crown prince will receive the Prince Sultan Lifetime Award during a ceremony at the Riyadh National Museum on Dec. 18. The Urban Heritage Preservation Award went to Al-Hafuf’s Beit Al-Baia’s preservation project and Al-Namas heritage village restoration project. The Human Dimension Award was won by Hufouf development project of Al-Ahsa municipality, while the Economic Heritage Project Award went to Tarut heritage compound project, Al-Qateef municipality, and Al-Jazeera association.
The Urban Heritage Research Award went to a research on benefiting from artistic heritage of Dhi-Ain village for developing and reviving traditional handicrafts by Al-Sayed Saleh bin Abdul Allah Saleh Al Zahrani.
Meanwhile, a Chinese delegation recently visited Masmak Museum in Riyadh. Nasser Al-Oraifi, director of the museum briefed the delegates about its content and the role played by King Abdul Aziz to unify the Kingdom.


Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

Updated 26 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

  • Total relief provided by the Kingdom since the war began now stands at about $1billion
  • Latest package announced by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at conference in Brussels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The announcement of the latest aid package was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on April 25 at an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, held in the Belgian capital Brussels. He pointed out that the meeting comes after the suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

“The world is facing a regime allied with terrorist militias who believe that spreading atrocities and committing crimes will bring victory to it, and that war crimes are bearing fruit,” said Al-Jubeir. “In addition to bombing civilians with explosive barrels, the policies of starvation and siege, ethnic and sectarian cleansing, and the demographic change of Syrian cities and towns, its use of chemical weapons have shocked the entire world.”

He said that the only acceptable solution to the Syrian crisis is a peaceful political resolution, and that Saudi Arabia has been working to achieve this since the crisis began, while also working with others to end the continuing human tragedy in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom has played a role in unifying the ranks of the Syrian opposition and encouraging them to speak with one voice, he added. After the Riyadh 1 Conference in 2015, Saudi Arabia hosted the Riyadh 2 conference for the Syrian opposition in November 2017, which succeeded in unifying the factions and establishing a negotiating body to take part in the rounds of talks held since then, earning praise from the United Nations.

The foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general’s envoy, Stephan de Mistura, to resume negotiations between all sides of the conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the agreements endorsed by the international resolutions on the ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to its beneficiaries will be implemented throughout Syria, regardless of their ethnic, religious, sectarian or political affiliations, and calls for the speedy release of detainees and abductees and clarifying the situation of those absent,” said Al-Jubeir. “It also renews its demand to punish individuals and institutions for war crimes and to prevent their impunity.”

He added that the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting refugees inside and outside of Syria should add to the urgency of finding a political solution and resuming the negotiating process as soon as possible.

Since the war began, the Kingdom has taken in about two and a half million Syrians and treats them like its own citizens, Al-Jubeir said, providing them with free health care, work and education. Saudi universities and schools have more than 140,000 Syrian students. He added that Saudi Arabia is also supporting and helping to care for of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in coordination with the governments of those countries. The humanitarian assistance provided so far totals about $1 billion.