ThePlace: Al-Rajajeel, in the northwestern Saudi province of Al-Jouf

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Updated 25 January 2020

ThePlace: Al-Rajajeel, in the northwestern Saudi province of Al-Jouf

  • Each group of columns is made up of between two and 10 stones which stand perpendicular to the plateau and are thought to be the motifs for funeral rituals

The archeological site of Al-Rajajeel (meaning “the Men”) consists of a group of stone pillars believed to date from the fourth century B.C.
Located 22 km south of Sakaka, in the northwestern Saudi province of Al-Jouf, there are 50 separate sets of standing stones all approximately 3 meters high.
They bear unknown inscriptions and are randomly positioned on a series of low terraces overlooking a wide valley which is intersected by a road leading to the Nafud region.
Each group of columns is made up of between two and 10 stones which stand perpendicular to the plateau and are thought to be the motifs for funeral rituals.
This photograph was taken by Sultan Al-Zaid as part of the Colors of Saudi competition.

 


MoU signed to facilitate investment in Saudi Arabia

Updated 21 February 2020

MoU signed to facilitate investment in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to step up cooperation, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.

Under the MoU, the two authorities will establish a joint working group to boost cooperation in several areas including facilitation provided to investors, conducting economic studies of the market, building partnerships with commercial and industrial bodies and local companies, launching businesses, promoting the ease of doing business, providing logistic support, participating in local and international exhibitions, forums and special visits and exchanging knowledge and information.

All this will predominantly be in aid of attracting local and foreign investors. 

“SAGIA believes in the importance of such cooperation that can unify and multiply the efforts in a way that sets the world’s attention on the Kingdom’s cultural and heritage treasures and investment opportunities,” said SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar.

“This is done through close cooperation with DGDA to highlight these opportunities and market them internationally and locally. This MoU is a step in the right direction to achieve the objectives and directives of both bodies.”

Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of the DGDA, said: “Cooperating with SAGIA is one of the most important international investment motors to attract local and international investments to the Kingdom. This comes at a time where developing the Kingdom’s investment infrastructure is found within the objectives of its Vision 2030.

“At DGDA, we aim at attracting the best technologies and regional and international investments to the Kingdom. This will contribute to the improvement of the local economy and promote our objectives seeking to turn Diriyah into the Kingdom’s gem and an international economic tourist destination,” he added.