KSA library exhibits documents on Saudi-Russian ties

The collection includes letters exchanged between Soviet leader Stalin and King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud (right) when he was minister of foreign affairs during the reign of his father. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 15 October 2019

KSA library exhibits documents on Saudi-Russian ties

  • The library is one of the most important institutions in the Arab world interested in collecting and documenting intellectual publications related to the history of King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and the Kingdom

RIYADH: In conjunction with the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Saudi Arabia, the King Abdul Aziz Public Library exhibited several of its publications, most importantly a book titled “Saudi-Soviet Relations 1926-1938,” which contains 30 documents from Soviet archives dealing with the founding of the Kingdom by King Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al-Saud and relations between Moscow and Riyadh.
The documents, preserved in the Russian State Library and Moscow Historical Library, provide in-depth information on Saudi-Russian relations including correspondence, letters and telegrams, the document recognizing the establishment of the Kingdom and reports on politics and trade.
The collection also includes letters exchanged between Soviet leader Stalin and King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud when he was minister of foreign affairs during the reign of his father.
Russian Prince Alexis Scherbatow’s book on purebred Arabian horses — which covers efforts to restore their importance in the region — was also displayed.
The library is one of the most important institutions in the Arab world interested in collecting and documenting intellectual publications related to the history of King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and the Kingdom.


Saudi rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation

Updated 11 July 2020

Saudi rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation

  • Saudis turn to domestic traveling and flock to their nation’s cooler cities and rural areas

TAIF: As Saudi citizens turn to domestic tourism in the country’s summer resorts, adapting to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, rural areas have become targeted by local tourists wishing to get away from the soaring temperatures in most of the Kingdom’s cities.

Visitors are now choosing cold Saudi cities instead of Europe, which they are accustomed to visiting, such as Taif, Al-Baha, and Abha.

COVID-19 has postponed all plans to travel abroad, and attention has now focused on domestic tourism amid strict health protocols in parks, gardens and recreational areas.

Walid Al-Hamidi, vice president of the Tourism Development Council, confirmed to Arab News that Asir, with its facilities and attractions, was ready to receive summer visitors from across the country.

He said that under the directives of Asir's governor, who supervises all activities and events directly and constantly, many committees had been formed to prepare a successful summer tourism season, to optimize the opportunity and allow people to enjoy the exceptional ambiance of Asir.

“A comprehensive tourism plan was set up two years ago, which resulted in a successful Al-Soudah Season with the support of Asir’s Investment Authority,” Al-Hamidi added.

He noted that Asir’s directives aimed this year to build an exceptional tourism model that meets optimal health standards in dealing with COVID-19.

The model is supported by the “Nashama Asir” team — consisting of 4,000 volunteers — who have been trained for months and have all the necessary skills to make the season successful. Their work will continue until the end of the pandemic and throughout the summer.

“Everyone is ready at public facilities, gardens and parks, to serve tourists,” he said, adding “tourists coming from all the over the Kingdom will be welcomed with smiles, enhanced services, and warm welcomes.”

Dr. Sami Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Taif, told Arab News that the tourism sector was the economic backbone of any country or city.

He said that Taif was considered one of the most important tourist cities, given its many attractions  that made it top of any list of places to visit in the Kingdom.

“Suspending travel abroad, and limiting tourism … due to the coronavirus pandemic, makes us, as officials and citizens in Taif, well placed for a beautiful and safe tourism season for Taif’s citizens and visitors,” said Al-Obaidi.

“Meetings are held around the clock, headed by Saad Al-Maimouni, the governor of Taif, with the participation of the relevant authorities.”

He expected all sectors, especially tourism, hospitality and a few other businesses in Taif, to recover to some extent during this season, especially now tourists have already started flocking to the region, with numbers set to increase over the coming weeks.