ThePlace: Diriyah, a powerhouse of Saudi culture and commerce

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Updated 30 May 2020

ThePlace: Diriyah, a powerhouse of Saudi culture and commerce

Diriyah was the birthplace of the first Saudi state and, historically, a crossroads for pilgrims and traders. Nowadays, it is home to one of the Kingdom’s most ambitious heritage developments.
Located on the outskirts of Riyadh, amid an oasis on the banks of Wadi Hanifa, Diriyah’s mud-brick walls once surrounded a thriving desert city that was a powerhouse of culture and commerce.
The citadel in Al-Turaif district, the area’s primary quarter, was the original seat of power for the Kingdom’s ruling Al-Saud family. In 1745, Riyadh was named the country’s capital, laying the foundations for what would become a unified Saudi Arabia.
This photograph was taken by Bander Sagheer as part of the Colors of Saudi competition.


Saudi Arabia takes part in forum to review sustainable goals

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Saudi Arabia takes part in forum to review sustainable goals

  • Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan is leading the Saudi delegation
  • Countries will submit annual progress reports during the forum

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is taking part in the High-level Political Forum 2020, UN central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The online forum taking place from July 7 to 17 has been organized under the theme “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: Realizing the decade of action and delivery of sustainable development.”
Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan is leading the Saudi delegation comprising representatives of several government agencies.
During the forum, the annual progress report on the sustainable development goals will be launched, which will include the efforts of participating countries, their projects, and initiatives to achieve the 2030 sustainable development goals.
Through its participation, Saudi Arabia confirms its global efforts and its awareness of the importance of the international community’s cooperation in achieving common goals.