Saudi Arabia’s largest cultural, sports and entertainment city announced

Six flags entertainment city will be among the various attractions of the new Saudi project.
Updated 08 April 2017

Saudi Arabia’s largest cultural, sports and entertainment city announced

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is set to have its biggest quality cultural, sports and entertainment city. With the laying of the foundation stone set for 2018, and a phase one launch set for 2022; the mega project — which will be the biggest of its kind in the world — will be built on area of 334 square kilometers, including a major safari area, in Al Qidiya, southwest of Riyadh.
The announcement was made by the Kingdom’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Public Investment Fund which will be the project’s main investor along with a number of local and international counterparts.
Commenting on the announcement, Prince Mohammed said that this city will become “a prominent cultural landmark and an important center for meeting the future generation’s recreational, cultural and social needs in the Kingdom.”
The Deputy Crown Prince explained that this ambitious project comes within the framework of plans to support Vision 2030 by creating quality and distinctive investments within the Kingdom that serve the country and the citizens. It also contributes to diversifying the sources of national income, boosting the Saudi economy and creating more job opportunities for young people.
The Deputy Crown Prince said that the project is an important incentive to attract visitors as the capital of future adventures and will be their first and preferred choice for offering a number of carefully chosen and selected activities, designed with the latest international standards to achieve a healthy and harmonious life, and provide more entertainment, joy and fun. The project is expected to include the entertainment city of Six Flags as one of the main attractions of the project.

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.