ThePlace: Rock inscriptions of Al-Shuwaymis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia’s Hail

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Updated 05 September 2020

ThePlace: Rock inscriptions of Al-Shuwaymis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia’s Hail

  • The inscriptions feature art characterized by images of humans, animals, and plant life including camels, horses, goats, and palm trees

The rock art of Al- Shuwaymis, 250 kilometers southeast of Hail, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the largest open stone inscription museum in the Arabian Peninsula and one of the largest open natural history museums in the world, with an area of more than 50 square kilometers.
Al-Shuwaymis is located on the edge of Hurrat Annar, near Al-Makhit Valley, which separates Hurrat Laila from Hurrat Annar. It is also near Al-Sabaq, the area that witnessed the longest battle in Arab history, “Sa’es and Al-Ghabra.”
The history of the petroglyphs dates back to the Neolithic period. The inscriptions feature art characterized by images of humans, animals, and plant life including camels, horses, goats, and palm trees. There are also sculptures of men riding camels, in reference to the trade caravan activity, and sculptures of life-sized humans and animals.


New Saudi ambassadors take their oaths before king

Updated 21 October 2020

New Saudi ambassadors take their oaths before king

  • Kingdom’s new permanent representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation also sworn in

NEOM: King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman observed on Tuesday as 11 new Saudi ambassadors took their oaths of office during a virtual ceremony.

They are: Saad bin Abdulrahman Al-Ammar, the Kingdom’s envoy in Greece; Azzam Al-Qain (Spain); Abdulaziz Al-Saqr (Tunisia); Abdulkhaliq bin Rashid bin Rafiah (Hungary); Amaal Al-Mouallami (Norway); Ziyad Al-Attiyah (Netherlands); Faisal Al-Ghamdi (Nigeria); Haitham Al-Maliki (Mexico); Osama Al-Ahmadi (Bosnia and Herzegovina); Jamal Al-Madani (Uganda); and Mutrik Al-Ajaleen (the Maldives).

In addition, Saleh Al-Suhaibani took his oath as the permanent Saudi representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.