ThePlace: Mount Athlab a key attractions in Saudi Arabia’s famed AlUla region

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Updated 05 October 2019

ThePlace: Mount Athlab a key attractions in Saudi Arabia’s famed AlUla region

  • Mada’in Saleh is a pre-Islamic archaeological site located in the area of AlUla

Mount Athlab, to the northeast of Mada’in Saleh, was an ancient center of the Thamud people who were thought to have settled there around 715 B.C.
Mount Athlab is now one of the main attractions in the AlUla region, in particular for the site at Mahareeb where intricate carvings of camels and caravans and examples of Thamudic script — an early Semitic language related to Arabic — can be found.
Mada’in Saleh is a pre-Islamic archaeological site located in the area of AlUla in the northwest of the Kingdom, some 400 km north of Madinah.
This photograph was taken by Ezabilla as part of the Colors of Saudi competition.


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.