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Antiquities forum calls for involving scholarship
students in archaeological work
RIYADH: Saudi scholarship stu-
dents at the first Saudi Archaeology
Forum have said that involving
them in archaeological work and
enacting legislation to preserve the
national heritage were key issues.
Cooperation between the Saudi
Commission for Tourism and
National Heritage (SCTH), the
Ministry of Education and univer-
sities was the best way to achieve
this, they said during a workshop
on the second day of the forum.
Other recommendations from
the workshop included a partner-
ship between the SCTH, the
Ministry of Education and univer-
sities to determine the needs of
archaeology; sending scholarship
students to study technical special-
ties such as painting, surveying
and photography; and the forma-
tion of a higher committee to
determine scientific needs in
Khalid Fayez Al-Asmari, a Ph.D.
student in Britain, called for find-
ing ways to overcome the obstacles
faced by scholarship students,
notably language. He also called
for “partnerships with foreign uni-
versities to develop programs of
archaeology in the Kingdom and
expand students’ perceptions and
Mesfir Hamad Al-Qahtani, a
Master’s degree student in the US,
said that language is also one of
the main obstacles for archaeology
scholarship students, as well as the
lack of guidance for important
Fahda Salman bin Afizan, a
Ph.D. student in France, stressed
that funding and language were
among the most important
obstacles she faced. “However, we
are able to overcome these obsta-
cles because of the importance of
studying abroad and what it can
add either through comprehen-
sive preparation for study or
She called for “the establish-
ment of a higher education com-
mittee comprising the SCTH and
specialized universities to organize
the process of scholarship and
identify the needs of the archaeo-
logical sector in the Kingdom.”
The workshop included expe-
riences of Saudi students in the
study of archaeology in scholar-
ship countries; the development
of scholarships programs for
archaeology; and the develop-
ment of relationships between
Saudi universities, the scholar-
ship agency and the SCTH to
develop the path of research in
Faisal Al-Fadhel, a member of
the Shoura Council, called for all
necessary protection for th
explained that this could be done
through the identification of vio-
lations and penalties appropriat
to these.
“The SCTH and judicial bodie
will implement this according to
competence, in addition to obligat
ing the violator to repair the dam
age he causes, while ensuring his
right to object to the decision o
sentence issued against him,
Al-Fadhel said.
Participants share ideas at the first Saudi Antiquities Forum in Riyadh onWednesday.
(Photo by Ahmed Fathi)
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New track for
camel racing
near Riyadh
RIYADH: Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman has ordered that the
camel racing for this year be held
within the King Abdul Aziz Camel
Festival and that a high-level spe-
cial track in the Saudi Camel
Village to be created.
The crown prince’s directives
represent the care King Salman
gives to camel and folkloric sports
and the special care given by
Crown Prince Mohammed to camel
sports and their development,
based on an ambitious vision in
line with the Kingdom’s position
and the aspirations of its people.
This year, King Salman was the
chief guest at the closing of the
month-long King Abdul Aziz Camel
Festival held in Rumah, 120 km
northeast of Riyadh, which aims to
celebrate Saudi culture and tradi-
The beauty pageant attracted
some 1,400 camel owners from dif-
ferent Gulf countries, bringing
many thousands of camels with
A total of 270 prizes were given
for the four-legged supermodels,
who were judged in five different
The contest — called “Mazayen
Al-Ibl,” or “the beautiful camels,”
in Arabic — was overseen by a
jury of Bedouins, who are consid-
ered experts in camel-rearing.
The competition was founded in
1999 by a group of local Bedouin
people, and went on to receive sup-
port from the Saudi royal family.
Due to its rising popularity it
turned into a heritage festival,
attracting people from across the
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to
travel to showcase their finest
audi-Turkmenistan Joint Committee explores ways to boost trade, investment relations
RIYADH: The Saudi-Turkmenistan Joint
Committee for Economic and Trade
Cooperation held its fifth session in Riyadh,
reviewing bilateral cooperation and the joint
committee’s important role in further
enhancing trade and investment relations
between the two countries.
The joint committee meeting was co-
chaired by Minister of Commerce and
Investment Majid Al-Qassabi and Maksat
who is on a two-day visit heading a 40-mem-
ber delegation comprising businessmen and
senior officials from his country.
The Turkmenistan ambassador in Riyadh,
Chariyev Orazmuhammed told Arab News
Thursday that Babayev, who is also the depu-
ty chairman of the Turkmen Cabinet, arrived
Wednesday for the joint committee meeting,
during which the two sides discussed ways of
enhancing cooperation between the two
countries as well as developing partnerships
among the private sectors.
Key issues of common concern in the
fields of trade, investment, agricultural, ener-
gy and cooperation in education, culture,
health, tourism and other fields were also
discussed to benefit the two sides.
During the meeting, Al-Qassabi stressed
that the two sides must consolidate and
develop trade and joint cooperation in all
fields due to the great potentials in the two
countries, as well as the promising opportu-
nities provided by Vision 2030.
The two sides co-signed the minutes of the
joint committee meeting at its conclusion,
said the Turkmenistan ambassador, adding
that on the sidelines of the joint meeting, a
national export funding agreement was
signed between the Saudi Fund for
Development (SFD) and the Bank for Foreign
Economic Affairs of Turkmenistan with a
value of $40 million.
Moreover, an agreement for implement-
ing a pipeline project was signed between the
Saudi Global Pipe Co. (SGPC) and the
National Gas Holding Company of
Turkmenistan (Turkmen Gas), besides the
agreement between Saudi Aramco and
Turkmen Gas, and SABIC and Turkmen Gas.
The envoy said that the deputy premier left
Riyadh Thursday for Jeddah from where he
will wrap up his trip.
In Jeddah, the Turkmen delegation led by
Babayev held a meeting with high-level IDB
officials and signed an agreement on bilat-
eral cooperation, the envoy said.
Earlier, Babayev met Minister for Energy,
Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid
Al-Falih in Riyadh and discussed the current
situation in the oil market, noting the ongo-
ing re-balancing efforts.
Bothministers reiterated the importance o
the historical agreement between OPEC and
non-OPEC countries to curb production, and
its role in maintaining market stability, an
encouraging investments in future supply.
Babayev also expressed his appreciation of
the Kingdom’s efforts in boosting the coop
eration and investment opportunities
between the two sides.
He also announced Turkmenistan’
intent to attend the Declaration o
Cooperation meeting in Vienna on Nov. 30
as an observer.
arab news staff
Visitors look
at artefacts
on display
at the
first Saudi
Forum in
Riyadh on
(Photo by
King Salman to launch 7 development
and service projects in Madinah
he 1.6 million square meter Dar Al-Hijrah project will be a small city in itself
MADINAH: The visit of
King Salman to the
Madinah region carries
wide prospects for the
future of the city of the
Prophet Muhammad
(peace be upon him).
The visit will launch a
number of development
and service projects that
will support economic
development in the city
and enhance social and
economic growth.
Madinah is undergoing many
large-scale developments in
accommodation, education,
transport, health, and infra-
structure, as well as a number of
other projects that aim to pro-
vide better services for pilgrims
visiting the Prophet’s Mosque.
Dar Al-Hijrah is one of the
major projects under construc-
tion in Madinah, and it will
include the administrative offic-
es of Hajj missions and guides,
the General Cars Syndicate, a
travel agency, medical missions
and a number of other services.
It will also include a luggage
transportation station that will
enable pilgrims to check their
luggage and receive it in their
home countries.
The area of the Dar Al-Hijrah
project is about 1,600,000 square
meters, and it is a few kilometers
away from the Prophet’s Mosque.
The capacity of the projects is
about 120,000 people, and it can
be considered a small city with
integrated services. The cost of
the project is about SR55 billion
($14.7 billion).
Dar Al-Hijrah comprises 100
towers: 20 administrative and 80
residential towers. These towers
will have comfortable and
secure residences for pilgrims.
There will also be 76 four-star
hotels and six five-star hotels,
which will offer 40,000 rooms to
pilgrims from different nations.
There will also be a hospital
with a capacity of 400 beds to
serve the project and the sur-
rounding area. There will be a
transit center to transport pil-
grims to and from the Prophet’s
Mosque via an elevated railway
above the level of roads. The
project will create 31,000 job
The project comprises three
phases. Work on the first phase,
to build infrastructure, started
in July 2014, while the second
phase will focus on building
administrative offices, as well
as offices for the Ministry of
Hajj and the Central Hajj
Committee. The third phase
will be dedicated to building
residential towers.
The Haramain High-Speed
Rail project in Madinah is locat-
ed about five kilometers away
from the Prophet’s Mosque, and
it has been built on an area of
147,000 square meters. The cost
of the station is SR1,545,822,769,
and it is one of five stations
along the line which will cover
450 kilometers ­— from Makkah
to Madinah — and is expected
to transport about 3 million
passengers annually between
Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and
King Abdullah Economic City.
The station will be a new gate
serving pilgrims after the offi-
cial opening of the new Prince
Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz
Airport. The number of journeys
will be around seven trains every
hour — off Hajj season —
between Makkah and Jeddah,
and two journeys every hour
between Makkah and Madinah,
bringing the daily total number
of journeys to 36, carrying
around 15,000 passengers. The
number of journeys may
increase later on.
The Haramain rail station in
Madinah includes services and
facilities for passengers that
have been prepared according to
international standards for
high-speed trains. The main
building includes terminals for
arrivals and departures, a VIP
lounge, a mosque that can
accommodate up to 1,000 wor-
shippers, a civil defense center, a
helipad, train platforms, waiting
area and two car parks.
Wahat Al-Qur’an (The Oasis
of the Qur’an) is another major
project in Madinah. This histori-
cal, educational and cultural
project, which will be built on
an area of 200,000 square
meters, will be like a museum
and cultural center for teaching
Qur’an employing state-of-the-
art technology.
The project includes an exhi-
bition hall, special teaching sec-
tions for men and women, a
Qur’an library, a conference
center, a research center for
Qur’an studies, a research
department, as well as adminis-
trative sections, a public square
and gardens, a support services
center, and a car park.
The king will also launch
Islamic University projects, with
a total cost of SR843 million;
projects of General Directorate of
Education in Madinah, with a
total cost of SR341 million; proj-
Administration of Water Services
in Madinah, with a total cost of
SR235 million; projects for
Taibah University, with a total
cost of SR260 million; projects
for Saudi Electricity Company,
with a total cost of SR1 billion;
projects for Madinah municipal-
ity with a total cost of SR1 bil-
lion, as well as projects for health
affairs in Madinah, with a total
cost of SR500 million.
Dar Al-Hijrah is one of the major projects under construction in Madinah. (SPA)
arab news staff
Citizens return priceless artefacts to SCTH
RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for
Tourism and National Heritage
(SCTH) honored 140 citizens during
the first Antiquities Forum of Saudi
Arabia for their contributions in
returning a large number of arte-
facts to the commission.
The citizens stressed that their
response was to the call of Prince
Sultan bin Salman, the president of
SCTH, and handing in the antiques
was a national duty which aims to
highlight the history and culture of
the Kingdom and its role in human
The pieces will be displayed in
museums across the Kingdom and
will be seen by citizens, residents
and tourists alike. The honored citi-
zens also praised the role of King
Salman in the preservation of the
national heritage and history, and
they advised other citizens who may
have antiquities to return them to
the SCTH.
Arab News met some of these
honored citizens and talked to them
about their motives and feelings.
Eid Al-Yahya, the presenter of the
famous TV program “In the
Footsteps of the Arabs,” is one of the
honored citizens.
Al-Yahya said he found the arte-
facts in different places during his
trips to archaeological sites and
immediately turned them over to
the SCTH.
He added that these antiquities
he returned date back to 700 BC;
one of them is a statue of a king of
Lihyan, which he found in Um
Daraj Temple in the town of Al-Ula
while filming an episode of his TV
program in 2015. He also found a
cup which was used for incense
during that era.
Another citizen, Mohammed
Al-Humud, said he returned 25 arte-
facts from the Riyadh area. Some of
these belonged to the stone age, one
to the pre-Islamic era, and some
belonged to the beginning of the
Islamic era.
Al-Humud said he bought some of
the antiquities from auctions in
Riyadh. “I want people to see them
because they reflect the civilization
and history of the Kingdom.”
On the other hand, the Saudi
Embassy in Washington honored 14
American citizens, who used to work
in Kingdom, for returning artefacts
to the SCTH.
The ceremony took place at the
embassy and coincided with the first
Saudi Antiquities Forum in Riyadh.
Sami Al-Sadhan, the deputy of the
ambassador, gave certificates of
honor to the American citizens.
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