ThePlace: Al-Muftaha village in Saudi Arabia’s Abha region, dates back to 260 years

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Updated 01 August 2020

ThePlace: Al-Muftaha village in Saudi Arabia’s Abha region, dates back to 260 years

  • Al-Muftaha dates back 260 years, its houses built according to the Asir region’s traditional construction style

The village of Al-Muftaha in central Abha has become one of the most significant historical and tourist attractions in the city, especially after the rehabilitation of its beautiful heritage buildings, theater and tourism services.
The village is a beautiful little quarter around a mosque daubed with calligraphy. There are galleries that showcase the work of regional craftspeople and artists whose work is often colorful and figurative.
Al-Muftaha dates back 260 years, its houses built according to the Asir region’s traditional construction style.
Small museums either side of the mosque tell the story of Abha’s artistic heritage, including how the status of local families was defined by the quality of the murals in their homes.
This photograph was taken by Fatma Al-Shuaily as part of the Colors of Saudi competition.


OIC, Arab Parliament condemn latest Houthi drone attack toward Saudi Arabia

OIC Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen. (AFP)
Updated 07 August 2020

OIC, Arab Parliament condemn latest Houthi drone attack toward Saudi Arabia

  • The attacks posed a threat to regional and international security and undermined political efforts to make the Stockholm Agreement succeed

RIYADH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday condemned a Houthi drone attack targeted toward Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi-backed Arab coalition forces supporting the legitimate government in Yemen intercepted and shot down a bomb-laden unmanned aerial vehicle launched by the Iranian-backed militia group on Thursday.

OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen called for the full implementation of the Stockholm Agreement while condemning the Houthis’ continued use of Hodeidah governorate as a staging point for the launch of terrorist operations involving ballistic missiles and drones.

He said the attacks posed a threat to regional and international security and undermined political efforts to make the Stockholm Agreement succeed.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Arab Parliament, Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami, urged the international community to take a decisive stance against the Iranian regime which, he said, intentionally contravened UN Security Council resolutions by providing the Houthis with weapons and advanced military technology to target neighboring countries.