Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa participates in UNESCO Creative Cities Conference

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Local musicians perform at an event in Al-Ahsa, a governorate in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province region. (SPA)
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Local musicians perform at an event in Al-Ahsa, a governorate in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province region. (SPA)
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Local musicians perform at an event in Al-Ahsa, a governorate in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province region. (SPA)
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A local musician perform at an event in Al-Ahsa, a governorate in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province region. (SPA)
Updated 10 June 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa participates in UNESCO Creative Cities Conference

RIYADH: Al-Ahsa’s secretariat is participating in the 13th annual conference of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), which began on Sunday in Fabriano, Italy. Representatives of 180 creative cities from 72 countries are attending the conference.

The weeklong meeting will see participants share their practices and experiences, and discuss the role of creativity and culture in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Al-Ahsa’s secretariat will discuss its experience of heritage preservation in Al-Ahsa, which it has accomplished through a number of executive programs, social contributions and festivals — demonstrating the importance of culture and creativity in shaping cities of the future, and the role of arts and crafts in sustainable urban development.

Al-Ahsa Mayor Adel Al-Mulhim said that the secretariat aims to further develop its role in involving artisans and craftsmen in festivals and other events, adding that Al-Ahsa’s creative scene is on a par with other creative cities around the world.

Inscribed in 2018, Al-Ahsa became the fifth Saudi site on the World Heritage List following Madain Saleh, Al-Turaif district in Ad-Diriyah, Historic Jeddah, and Rock Art in the Hail region. SPA Riyadh


Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.