Saudi transport minister checks preparations ahead of Hajj

Saudi Arabia’s transport minister Nabil bin Mohammad Al-Amoudi making preparations for Hajj. (SPA)
Updated 14 August 2018

Saudi transport minister checks preparations ahead of Hajj

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s transport minister Nabil bin Mohammad Al-Amoudi is following on the Transport ministry’s preparations in Makkah and Jeddah for this Hajj season.
The minister held tours to ensure that all transport sectors are prepared to serve the pilgrims and the smoothness of their transport from one place to another.

Al-Amoudi also checked works of maintenance and and the traffic flow on the Al-Haramain Road (highway between Jeddah and Makkah) , as well as the Prince Fawaz bridge project which has been recently inaugurated after expanding it to four lanes in both directions, removing intersections, and replacing them with roundabout entrances to avoid congestion.
The tours also included a visit to a shelter and a security setting center on the Makkah-Jeddah highway, as well as checking on the validity of licenses for buses transporting pilgrims, detecting transport violations.


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.