AlUla to host natural, human components conference

The conference has been officially announced on the society’s website and shared on all its social media accounts. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 05 February 2020

AlUla to host natural, human components conference

  • The conference aims to review the natural components of AlUla

MADINAH: AlUla governorate will host the Conference of the Natural and Human Components of AlUla at Maraya Concert Hall on Feb. 11-12.

The conference is organized by the Saudi Geographical Society in cooperation with the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The conference aims to review the natural components of AlUla, shed light on the impact of civilization, discuss ways to protect cultural and urban heritage, explore the economic employment aspects of cultural heritage resources, share experiences and practical applications of sustainable development in archaeology and tourism, employ geo-information technology in the management of archaeological sites, and hold scientific sessions and workshops.

Dr. Ali bin Abdullah Al-Dosari, chairman of the Saudi Geographical Society and head of the organizing committee, said that the society, in cooperation with RCU, was preparing for the success of the conference and was determined to achieve its goals through the different committees and by providing all requirements for holding the conference after receiving the approval of the Ministry of Education.

He said that the conference has been officially announced on the society’s website and shared on all its social media accounts.

Al-Dosari said that the conference will be accompanied by the 36th General Assembly of the Saudi Geographical Society, the signing of a joint cooperation agreement with the Russian Geographical Society, and a scientific lecture by Dr. Badr Al-Faqeer titled “The Prospects of Eco-tourism Products in AlUla.”
 


Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

Updated 12 August 2020

Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

  • Aviation chiefs issue official denial after fake circular says passengers can fly to and from Kingdom from October

RIYADH: A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as “completely baseless and fabricated” by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
Rumors that international flights will shortly return have been circulating on social media in recent weeks without any official statement from GACA.
On Tuesday, the authority denied announcing the resumption of international flights and said information being circulated was fabricated.
Saudi Arabia suspended international flights from March 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since domestic flights restarted on May 31, rumors have been circulating regarding the return of international flights. On Monday, the bogus GACA circular was shared on various social media platforms suggesting flights into and out of Saudi Arabia would resume in October. It sparked a flurry of speculation.
The circular, titled “No flights till October 2020,” said: “An employee of the GACA has stated in a recent interview that all international flights to and from the Kingdom are to remain suspended till the month of October.” Quoting a GACA official, the circular said that the decision was subject to the number of coronavirus cases, which must “come down to three digits.”
GACA official spokesman Ibrahim bin Abdullah Alrwosa told Arab News the circular “is completely baseless and fabricated.”
He shared a tweet from the authority’s public relations department describing the circular as incorrect.
The civil aviation authority has previously said there is no specific date for the resumption of international flights, he added.
All international flights remain suspended until further notice.
However, exceptions have been made for humanitarian assistance and emergency cases, medical evacuation flights and repatriation of stranded citizens and expatriates wanting to return home.