General Authority for Culture organizes cultural activities in Al-Ahsa

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These events are part of the Kingdom’s efforts to promote Saudi culture and tourism. (SPA)
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These events are part of the Kingdom’s efforts to promote Saudi culture and tourism. (SPA)
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These events are part of the Kingdom’s efforts to promote Saudi culture and tourism. (SPA)
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These events are part of the Kingdom’s efforts to promote Saudi culture and tourism. (SPA)
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These events are part of the Kingdom’s efforts to promote Saudi culture and tourism. (SPA)
Updated 30 December 2018

General Authority for Culture organizes cultural activities in Al-Ahsa

  • Al-Ahsa was recently named Arab Tourism Capital for 2019 by the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism

The General Authority for Culture organized a number of cultural events in Al-Ahsa last week. The activities include workshops, art exhibitions and traditional Al-Ahsa music.
These events are part of the Kingdom’s efforts to promote Saudi culture and tourism. Vision 2030 envisages transformation of Saudi Arabia into a local and global tourism hub.
Al-Ahsa was recently named Arab Tourism Capital for 2019 by the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism. Al-Ahsa is also home to the largest oasis in the Kingdom, which has had human settlements from the Neolithic times. It is one of the many sites in the Kingdom to be awarded UNESCO’s World Heritage Site status.
Al-Ahsa Oasis includes the Jawatha archaeological site including Jawatha Mosque dating back to the Qarmatain state in the 9th century and Al Hazm Palace.
Tombs can be seen in several parts of the oasis dating back to ancient civilizations.
Al-Ahsa gets its name from the nature of its land; in Arabic, Al-Ahsa is a plural word of “Al-Hisa” which refers to the accumulated sand with a solid base underneath.
When it rains, the sand prevents the sun from drying up the water. There are around 60 to 70 springs of freshwater around the oasis.


King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, right, receives the closing statement of the S20 group from its chair Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares. (SPA)
Updated 29 September 2020

King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

  • The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state

On behalf of King Salman, Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday received the closing statement of the Science Group Summit (S20) from the group’s chair, Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares, who is also the president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, after a virtual meeting.
Several scientific organizations from the G20 countries took part in the meeting, which was hosted by Saudi Arabia. The S20 group focuses on future health, a circular economy and the digital revolution. The meeting stressed the importance of making decisions based on scientific facts supported by data.
The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state. More than 180 scholars participated in drafting the recommendation. They called for increasing the level of preparedness in the wake of a pandemic. They also recommended consolidating advanced treatment and precision medical research with a particular focus on keeping the costs affordable and treatments accessible to all.
The group also stressed the need to devise policies to face challenges arising from demographic shifts. One of the recommendations includes development of an integrated approach to the extraction of natural resources.
They also urged the relevant authorities to consolidate recycling systems to curb carbon emissions.