Riyadh professionals forum empowers youth in heritage preservation

The works of the Extended 45th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee began in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. (UNESCO)
The works of the Extended 45th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee began in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. (UNESCO)
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Updated 03 September 2023
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Riyadh professionals forum empowers youth in heritage preservation

Riyadh professionals forum empowers youth in heritage preservation
  • The World Heritage Committee will review proposals to add 50 new sites to the World Heritage List

RIYADH: The works of the Extended 45th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee began in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. It includes events and forums, starting with the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum launch.

The Kingdom was appointed as the committee chair in recognition of its outstanding preservation efforts for world heritage, supported by King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, minister of culture and chairman of the Saudi National Committee for Education, Culture and Science.

The first session of the World Heritage Young Professionals Forum took place on Sunday. Its objective is to empower youth in the preservation of world heritage, by enhancing their skills and nurturing their talent.

The World Heritage Managers’ Forum, starting next Sunday, will provide a platform for managers to share proposals and perspectives on heritage preservation. The forum will address challenges and continue until Sept. 25.

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee specializes in making decisions about adding suggested sites to the World Heritage List, assessing the conditions at the sites, and receiving reports and suggestions from the managers of the World Heritage sites. 

The extended 45th session of the World Heritage Committee will take place from Sept. 10-25 in Riyadh. Princess Haifa Al-Mogrin, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to UNESCO, will chair the committee.

During this session, the committee will review proposals to add 50 new sites to the World Heritage List. These proposals consist of 37 cultural sites, 12 natural sites, and two sites of other forms of significance. Additionally, the committee will discuss potential boundary modifications for five existing heritage sites.

The World Heritage List currently includes 1,157 heritage sites in 167 countries. These sites range from natural wonders like forests and oases to human-made treasures such as culturally significant villages and palaces. Some sites even combine elements of both natural and cultural significance.

Saudi Arabia is home to six registered World Heritage Sites, and during the session, participants will have the opportunity to visit three of them. These include the At-Turaif District in Diriyah, the Al-Ahsa Oasis located in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia, and the Al-Hijr site in AlUla.

The World Heritage Committee was established after UNESCO’s member states signed the World Heritage Convention to establish frameworks and coordinate international efforts to preserve world heritage. The committee includes representatives from 21 out of the 194 countries that have ratified the World Heritage Convention.


Saudi foreign minister praises China’s support for Gaza ceasefire efforts

Saudi foreign minister praises China’s support for Gaza ceasefire efforts
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Saudi foreign minister praises China’s support for Gaza ceasefire efforts

Saudi foreign minister praises China’s support for Gaza ceasefire efforts
  • Prince Faisal reiterated calls for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza, an uninterrupted flow of aid

BEIJING: Saudi foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Thursday praised China’s support to efforts of ending the war on Gaza and implementing the two-state solution.
In his address at the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum in Beijing, Prince Faisal reiterated calls for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza,and uninterrupted flow of aid.
He called for deeper cooperation to establish a reliable and irreversible path to the two-state solution, noting that constant dialogue is crucial for achieving regional peace.
He rejected foreign interference in the Middle East and called for efforts to prevent the spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the region.
China hosted a summit on Thursday focused on the Israel-Hamas war where the Chinese President XI Jinping promised more humanitarian aid in Gaza and called for an international peace conference.
The summit, attended by heads of state from Egypt, the UAE, Bahrain and Tunisia among others, was set to focus on China’s expanding trade ties and on security concerns related to the Israel-Hamas war.


KSrelief extends training, water, health projects in Yemen

KSrelief extends training, water, health projects in Yemen
Updated 30 May 2024
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KSrelief extends training, water, health projects in Yemen

KSrelief extends training, water, health projects in Yemen

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s aid agency KSrelief is extending its training, food and health projects for vulnerable people in Yemen, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

In Taiz and the Hadramout governorate, the agency launched a life-skills program for orphans and women, which including sewing, managing businesses, and maintaining mobile phones.

In Aden, KSrelief concluded a training program on community cohesion in cooperation with the UN Development Programme, covering peace committees, conflict resolution and mediation.

In addition, the aid agency distributed 634 food parcels to 4,438 individuals in Aden.

In Hodeidah, 2,600 personal hygiene bags were delivered to displaced people in the Al-Jisha and Bani Jaber camps.

KSrelief also signed a deal with a civil society organization in Taiz to dig a well in the area that would benefit 3,150 individuals.

In Socotra governorate, KSrelief signed a pact with a civil society organization to construct a tank that would supply clean water to villages.


Saudi Railways announces increased seating capacity of Haramain High-Speed Train for Hajj season

Saudi Railways announces increased seating capacity of Haramain High-Speed Train for Hajj season
Updated 30 May 2024
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Saudi Railways announces increased seating capacity of Haramain High-Speed Train for Hajj season

Saudi Railways announces increased seating capacity of Haramain High-Speed Train for Hajj season

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia Railways on Wednesday announced the readiness of the Haramain High-Speed Railway to receive pilgrims for this year’s Hajj season and said it has increased the number of available seats by about 100,000.

SAR revealed its operational plan for the season at its five stations linking Makkah to Madinah, bringing the total number of seats to 1.6 million, up from more than a 1.3 million seating capacity last year, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The 453-kilometer railway passes through the main Jeddah station in the Sulaymaniyah district, King Abdulaziz Airport station in Jeddah, and King Abdullah Economic City. 
“This expansion also considers the addition of more than 430 new trips to last year’s trips, raising the number of trips scheduled in the operational plan for this year to more than 3,800” from May 9 to June 25, while the numbers of trips on peak days will be 126, SPA said.
The Haramain High-Speed Railway train ranks among the 10 fastest electric trains globally. It reaches 300 km per hour, and operates a fleet of 35 trains, with a capacity of 417 seats per train. It functions based on an environment-friendly system and zero carbon emissions, and plays an important role in preserving roads’ infrastructure by reducing road traffic.


Islamic Ministry unites volunteers to serve pilgrims

Islamic Ministry unites volunteers to serve pilgrims
Updated 29 May 2024
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Islamic Ministry unites volunteers to serve pilgrims

Islamic Ministry unites volunteers to serve pilgrims
  • The initiative is part of the ministry’s ongoing efforts to promote a culture of volunteering within communities

MAKKAH: Almost 5,000 people are set to volunteer for programs launched by the Makkah arm of the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The branch has launched 247 opportunities via its volunteering platform to coincide with the start of the Hajj season. These include distributing more than 235,000 water bottles at 3,850 mosques, providing umbrellas to pilgrims for protection against the sun, distributing booklets and providing meals.

The initiative is part of the ministry’s ongoing efforts to promote a culture of volunteering within communities.

Earlier, the Presidency of Religious Affairs at the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque launched its operational plan for Hajj, promoting voluntary and humanitarian work.

It recognizes the Two Holy Mosques as attractive environments for such efforts, based on religious and Saudi values that highlight the importance of generosity and hospitality.


Al-Jubeir meets US, Costa Rica officials in Riyadh

Al-Jubeir meets US, Costa Rica officials in Riyadh
Updated 29 May 2024
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Al-Jubeir meets US, Costa Rica officials in Riyadh

Al-Jubeir meets US, Costa Rica officials in Riyadh

Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and climate envoy Adel Al-Jubeir met Robert Karem, national security adviser to US Senator Mitch McConnell, on Wednesday in Riyadh.

In a separate meeting, Al-Jubeir met Costa Rica’s non-resident ambassador to the Kingdom, Francisco Chacon Hernandez.

The talks in both meetings centered on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.