Saudi tourism body to launch ninth season of Green Arabian Peninsula project

The results showed that the Arabian desert’s difficult circumstances affected fossil formation and changed their appearances. (Social media)
Updated 06 November 2019

Saudi tourism body to launch ninth season of Green Arabian Peninsula project

  • The study concluded in previous seasons that the oldest migrations from Africa were not heading only towards the Levant, but also to the inside of the Arabian Peninsula

RIYADH: The national heritage sector at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) is preparing to launch the ninth season of the “Green Arabian Peninsula” scientific project, in partnership with the King Saud University, the Saudi Geological Survey, the Max Planck Society, Oxford University and the University of Queensland.

Rustom bin Maqbool Al-Kubaisi, deputy chairman of the national heritage sector at SCTH, said that the commission values the project due to its important discoveries.

“The most valuable of these discoveries was a group of 85,000-year-old human footprints found in the Nefud Desert. This astonishing finding shows the spread of man outside Africa and his arrival to the Arabian Peninsula. A single human finger bone was also unearthed at an ancient lake site called Al-Wusta in Taima province, proving that the region was a lush grasslands dotted by hundreds of freshwater lakes.”

He added that the project involves several personnel from the antiquities sector, the Saudi Geological Survey, archeologists from King Saud University and some Saudi university students.

The director general of the archaeological research and studies center at the SCTH, Dr. Abdullah Al Zahrani, said: “Human migration from Africa is a main subject in the study of human development, where the lands of the Kingdom have an important role due to its geographical location between the continents.”

He added: “Due to the importance of the Red Sea region as the corner where mankind inhibited at the beginning of the Ice Age, the results of the latest research show that wild environments had a decisive significance in the spread of mankind and their attempts to expand during the improved periods of the Ice Age, where the area was rich in its biodiversity and full of rivers, lakes, meadows and plains.”

Over the past two years, several studies have been conducted via the stable isotopeon fossils connected with stone tools, marks of bone cutting and recently-discovered butchery tools. The results have revealed the presence of similar circumstances to the current Savanna in east Africa, which hints to the spread of mankind in the region and their quick adaptation in the area.

The results also showed that the Arabian desert’s difficult circumstances affected fossil formation and changed their appearances.

The study concluded in previous seasons that the oldest migrations from Africa were not heading only towards the Levant, but also to the inside of the Arabian Peninsula, where these studies give deep insights about the interaction of mankind, animals and the environment.

 


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.