ThePlace: Saudi Arabia's Tarout Island

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Updated 04 January 2020

ThePlace: Saudi Arabia's Tarout Island

Tarout Island, off the coast near Qatif in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, is believed to be one of the oldest sites inhabited by humans on the Arabian Peninsula.

The island is linked to the mainland by a narrow natural bridge up to 4 km long. Antiquities dating back more than 4,000 years to the early Mesopotamian civilization have been found in historic Tarout town in the center of the island.

Other discoveries are related to the ancient Elam civilization, Indus Valley civilizations, and the Fire civilization that once dominated southern areas of the Gulf. 


‘Absolutely silly’: Saudi FM refutes Amazon’s Bezos phone hacking claims

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‘Absolutely silly’: Saudi FM refutes Amazon’s Bezos phone hacking claims

DUBAI: The Saudi Arabian embassy in the USA has denied claims the Kingdom was behind the hacking of Amazon.com founder, Jeff Bezos’ phone, describing the accusation as “absurd.”

And speaking at Davos the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said: “The idea that the Crown Prince would hack Jeff Bezos’ phone is absolutely silly.”

Bezo’s phone was hacked after receiving a WhatsApp message sent from the personal account of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Describing the claims as “absurd” the tweet also called for an investigation into the claims “so that we can have all the facts out.”