Organization of Islamic Cooperation intensifies efforts to protect heritage

The platform aims to preserve the heritage and monuments in the Muslim world. (SPA)
Updated 08 October 2019

Organization of Islamic Cooperation intensifies efforts to protect heritage

  • The platform aims to preserve the heritage and monuments in the Muslim world

JEDDAH: Discussions were held at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Islamic Cooperation Organization (ICO) in Jeddah to establish a platform to preserve cultural heritage. The platform aims to preserve the heritage and monuments of the Muslim world.

The Secretary-General of the ICO Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen stressed that the project is a confirmation of the organization’s unwavering commitment to promote joint Islamic work in the field of heritage conservation.

“It also translates the organization’s desire to catch up with the international community in its increasing efforts to preserve and protect the cultural heritage of member states, as a living witness to the richness and diversity of the Muslim world,” he said.

He added that safeguarding Arab heritage adds a cultural dimension to development policies and promotes cohesion between national cultural policies and international cooperation programs.

Ismail Al-Hammadi, director of the physical heritage department at the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, said the platform would contribute to empowering the pillars of culture, which in turn would strengthen the economies of the organization’s countries.

In his speech to the session, the French consul general in Jeddah and envoy to the organization, Mustafa Maharaj, stressed the need for foreign expertise in heritage conservation so as to integrate efforts between the ICO and the international community.


Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

Jackie Chan thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country. (File/AFP)
Updated 20 October 2019

Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

  • Jackie Chan expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television

DUBAI: Hong Kong martial artist and actors Jackie Chan, who was recently in Riyadh to accept a Joy Excellence award, is looking forward to filming movies in Saudi Arabia, Chinese press has reported.

The actor also told the crowd gathered at the Joy Forum19, which gathered entertainment promoters and industry pioneers along with global stars including Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan and Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme, that he had found a location in the Kingdom to make another action film.

“It’s my first time in Saudi, and I know it’s a big country. After only a few hours [travelling] here and looking at locations I know there’s a good place for car chasing, explosions, action; so, next time, I hope to come back with my crew,” Chan said.

The movie legend also thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country, and expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television.