Rock art in Hail joins UNESCO World Heritage List

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Updated 05 July 2015

Rock art in Hail joins UNESCO World Heritage List

DAMMAM: The World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added the rock art in Hail to the World Heritage List.
The addition was made during the committee’s 39th session in Bonn, Germany, and became the fourth site in the Kingdom to be included in the list.
Other local sites include Madain Saleh, Dirriyah and Jeddah’s Al-Balad historic district.
Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH), said: “Global recognition for the huge historic value of this global heritage site will reflect positively on the whole Hail region.”
He said that the SCTNH had worked for two years with specialized international teams and partners in the Kingdom to prepare this site to meet all UNESCO’s requirements. “The commission has established centers to serve tourists and increased the number of employees there.”
Prince Sultan said: “There are a number of ideas and programs that will lead to highlighting this site as a living witness of the Kingdom’s heritage as well as its ancient civilization.”
Rock art in the Hail region includes two components situated in a desert landscape — Jabel Umm Sinman at Jubbah and the Jabal Al-Manjor and Raat at Shuwaymis.
A lake once situated at the foot of the Umm Sinman hill range has now disappeared but was formerly a source of fresh water for people and animals in the southern part of the Great Nafoud Desert.
Jubbah includes numerous petroglyphs and inscriptions on rock faces. Shuwaymis shows numerous representations of human and animal figures from the prehistoric period.
The ancestors of today’s Arab population have left traces of their presence in numerous petroglyphs and inscriptions on rock faces.
Jabal Al-Manjor and Raat form the rocky escarpment of a wadi now covered in sand. They show numerous representations of human and animal figures covering 10,000 years of history.
UNESCO’s 22 member state representatives lauded the Kingdom’s care for its heritage and early civilization, praising the richness and density of rock art in the Hail region.


Jennifer Aniston makes Instagram debut with ‘Friends’ reunion selfie

Updated 17 October 2019

Jennifer Aniston makes Instagram debut with ‘Friends’ reunion selfie

  • The star has 11.2 million followers on Instagram
  • Her account was only active for one day at the time of the post

DUBAI: US actress Jennifer Aniston made her Instagram debut this week with a post that sent fans into a frenzy - a reunion selfie with the cast of “Friends.”

“And now we’re Instagram ‘Friends’ too. Hi Instagram,” the star wrote to her 11.2 million followers.

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And now we’re Instagram FRIENDS too. HI INSTAGRAM

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Even though her account has been active for only a day, Aniston has been constantly posting stories showing the support of her friends and fans on hopping aboard the Instagram bandwagon. 

In the 50-year-old’s second post she is seen in a video, with her “The Morning Show” team standing beside her, furiously slamming a phone on a table. “I swear I didn’t mean to break it... Thank you guys for the kind, glitchy welcome,” she wrote.

Andrea Bendewald, who is Aniston’s friend and also plays her makeup artist on the show, shared the video, in which she appeared, on her account. “Uh... someone has a new show @themorningshow and is on Instagram @jenniferaniston! Let the games begin. Love you Jen and love working with you on ‘The Morning Show.’” she wrote.

American comedian Whitney Cummings commented on Anniston’s post, and said: “I simply do not know how @andreabendewald kept a straight face.”