Saudi Heritage Commission unveils latest archaeological finds at ancient site in Asir

The commission said its archaeological projects aim to explore, document, preserve and champion archaeological sites. (SPA)
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The commission said its archaeological projects aim to explore, document, preserve and champion archaeological sites. (SPA)
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The commission said its archaeological projects aim to explore, document, preserve and champion archaeological sites. (SPA)
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Updated 12 February 2024
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Saudi Heritage Commission unveils latest archaeological finds at ancient site in Asir

The commission said its archaeological projects aim to explore, document, preserve and champion archaeological sites. (SPA)
  • Discoveries include stone-and-mud dwellings, an innovative irrigation mechanism, and artifacts including a granite stone with a three-line Islamic inscription
  • Other finds include stone tools used for daily tasks, decorations, pottery pieces, inscriptions and beads crafted from precious stones

JEDDAH: The Saudi Heritage Commission has revealed what it described as groundbreaking archaeological findings at the Jerash dig sit in Asir region, southeast of Khamis Mushayt.

The commission said the discoveries, which came to light during its 15th season of excavations, underscore the archaeological importance of the site as a key location in the southern part of the Kingdom.

Experts working at the location found the remains of dwellings built from stone and mud with novel architectural features that, building on previous discoveries, provide further insights into the site.




The commission said its archaeological projects aim to explore, document, preserve and champion archaeological sites. (SPA)

In addition, the teams found evidence of what at the time would have been an ingenious and revolutionary irrigation technique, in which a well meticulously crafted from stacked stones was intricately linked to a central channel that distributed water to basins adjacent to residences. They also unearthed numerous hearths and platforms, again crafted from stone and mud.

Regarding specific artifacts, one particularly significant find was a granite stone with a three-line Islamic inscription, which was the second discovery of its kind at the site. Other items included stone tools used for daily tasks, decorations, pottery pieces and inscriptions.

The wide variety of tools included pestles, mills, and an assortment of querns, hand tools used for grinding grain, of various shapes and sizes. The pottery fragments included glazed pieces, glass artifacts, and soapstone embellishments used on the body, edges and handles of pots. A treasure trove of beads crafted from precious stones was also cataloged.




The commission said its archaeological projects aim to explore, document, preserve and champion archaeological sites. (SPA)

The commission said its archaeological projects aim to explore, document, preserve and champion archaeological sites as invaluable cultural and economic national assets, in keeping with its wider mandate to safeguard and celebrate the Kingdom’s rich cultural heritage and promote its legacy on a global stage.

This month the Historic Jeddah Program, in collaboration with the Heritage Commission, announced 25,000 discoveries at four archaeological sites, the oldest of which dates back to the 1st and 2nd centuries of the Hijri calendar (the 7th and 8th centuries A.D.).

 

 


Tabuk visual arts forum highlights Arab creativity

The two-day event featured over 100 artworks ranging from realism to abstraction to contemporary expressionism. (SPA)
The two-day event featured over 100 artworks ranging from realism to abstraction to contemporary expressionism. (SPA)
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Tabuk visual arts forum highlights Arab creativity

The two-day event featured over 100 artworks ranging from realism to abstraction to contemporary expressionism. (SPA)
  • The forum’s primary objective was to highlight the talents of Arab artists, and foster a “dynamic exchange of ideas and skills between international participants and local artists in Tabuk”

RIYADH: The inaugural Tabuk International Forum for Visual Arts, hosted by the Colors of Art club, a division of the national hobby portal, Hawi, presented a diverse array of creative endeavors from 30 artists from across the Arab world.

The two-day event, which ended March 2, showcased more than 100 artworks in genres ranging from realism to abstraction and contemporary expressionism, and attracted participants from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Iraq, Oman, and the UAE.

The two-day event featured over 100 artworks ranging from realism to abstraction to contemporary expressionism. (SPA)

The forum’s primary objective, according to the organizers, was to highlight the talents of Arab artists, and foster a “dynamic exchange of ideas and skills between international participants and local artists in Tabuk.”

Additionally, the forum, which includes workshops and discussions, was intended to “bolster the status of the arts within the GCC and wider Arab region.”

The two-day event featured over 100 artworks ranging from realism to abstraction to contemporary expressionism. (SPA)

Club president Thanawa Al-Qurani underscored the forum’s emphasis on fostering cross-cultural exchange and praised the engagement among attendees and participants, positioning the event as a pivotal moment in shaping public appreciation for visual arts in Tabuk.

“The exhibition stands as a testament to the evolving artistic landscape, reflecting the burgeoning cultural dynamism in the realm of visual arts,” Al-Qurani said, according to a report from the Saudi Press Agency.

The two-day event featured over 100 artworks ranging from realism to abstraction to contemporary expressionism. (SPA)

“Featuring a diverse array of works spanning realism, impressionism, and abstraction, it bears witness to the artistic renaissance underway … underscoring the region’s vibrant and cohesive artistic vision,” she added.

Meanwhile, Omani artist Jamal Al-Jassasi, the SPA said, expressed his enthusiasm for the forum’s overarching goal of “promoting and elevating visual arts while nurturing cultural ties” in the Arab world.

 


Thousands hit streets of historic Jeddah for half-marathon

Thousands hit streets of historic Jeddah for half-marathon
Updated 02 March 2024
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Thousands hit streets of historic Jeddah for half-marathon

Thousands hit streets of historic Jeddah for half-marathon
  • Runners embrace race challenge and enjoy beauty of Al-Balad’s landmarks

JEDDAH: The historic district of Al-Balad was the scene of a remarkable spectacle on Saturday as thousands of runners, both male and female, from Saudi Arabia and other countries took part in the Jeddah half-marathon 2024.

This event, a major highlight in Saudi Arabia’s running calendar, was the first of its kind held through the scenic streets and landmarks of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It showcased the grit, determination and enthusiasm of Jeddah’s runners.

More than 3,000 participants from national and international backgrounds joined the event, competing in the 21 km, 10 km, and 1 km categories across different age groups.

The 21.1 km route began at 6 a.m. in front of Al-Balad’s historical gate, Bab Jadid, taking participants past iconic landmarks such as Nassif House, Al-Matbouli Museum and Al-Juffali Mosque.

Other races included a 10 km run for participants aged 12 and above, attracting enthusiastic runners of all ages, including children and the elderly. Additionally, a 1 km walk was open to participants of all ages, including those with special needs or disabilities, receiving maximum cheers from the crowd.

Runners gathered early in the historical area. Marathon arrangements included facilities such as medical points, hydration stations, food trucks and entertainment programs within the race village.

Enthusiasm was palpable as top runners from more than 15 countries enjoyed the scenic beauty of the city’s sights while competing.

Organized by the Saudi Sports for All Federation and Historic Jeddah Program, the half-marathon aimed to provide a fun and accessible way for amateur athletes and families to experience Al-Balad’s rich culture and history through sports.

Anwar Algoz, from Morocco, clinched the first prize worth SR18,000 ($4,800) in this year’s half-marathon, covering the 21 km category and crossing the finish line in 1 hour and 6 minutes.

Afterwards, Algoz, who recently secured third place in the Riyadh Marathon, told Arab News: “It’s not my first half-marathon in Saudi Arabia. Despite the intense heat today, I pushed myself. Halfway through, I felt I could make a move, and in the end, I increased the pace, securing the win. I’m thrilled to have won this race today following my third-place finish in Riyadh.”

Getting to the starting line was a new challenge for Prince Sultan bin Khalid Al-Faisal. Speaking to Arab News after finishing the 10 km race, he said: “Actually, it is a great experience in old Jeddah, and what makes it more exciting is seeing all those people involved in this marathon. For me, it is the first experience, and I found it very thrilling and exciting.”

Prince Saud bin Turki Al-Faisal said: “I’ve done it before, and just watching all these enthusiastic amateurs and professional athletes running together is so wonderful. I believe all of them are winners.”

He added: “It was a very interesting experience, and the location itself added an exciting atmosphere to go through these historical monuments located in the historical area.”

Ola Altaib, a medical student, expressed her happiness at participating in this marathon. “Running through the streets of old Jeddah is an incredibly invigorating experience that is unmatched,” she said.

At the end of the race, runners were greeted by cheering crowds, and the most thrilling moment for them was crossing the finish line.

“Tired but super happy,” said one of the oldest runners, Hamid Al-Ahmri, who came all the way from the southern side of the Kingdom after completing the 10 km category. “I am so glad I made it, and it feels great to cross the finish line.”

Hatoon Kadi, a YouTuber, said: “Experiencing the marathon was wonderful. Old, young, male and female runners were there; it was so nice to see them joining the marathon for their own health. I will repeat it again, and it is going to be a yearly habit.”

The event concluded with the distribution of prizes and medals to the winners and participants.


KSrelief empowers Yemeni girls with vocational training

KSrelief empowers Yemeni girls with vocational training
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KSrelief empowers Yemeni girls with vocational training

KSrelief empowers Yemeni girls with vocational training
  • The project offers 14 educational and training courses covering sewing, embroidery, incense and perfume making, culinary arts, technology, photography and more

RIYADH: Saudi aid agency KSrelief recently provided vocational training to 40 Yemeni girls from foster families.

The culinary, sewing and entrepreneurship empowerment-for-education training was held in Yemen’s Socotra Governorate.

The scheme was held in cooperation with the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and is part of a wider project encouraging education for girls in Yemen.

Brig. Gen. Saleh Ali Saad Al-Saqtari, representative of the Socotra Governorate, commended KSrelief’s humanitarian projects in the region. He said the girls’ education project will provide sustainable sources of income for families and support women in pursuing careers.

The project offers 14 educational and training courses covering sewing, embroidery, incense and perfume making, culinary arts, technology, photography and more.

So far, more than 280 girls have benefited from KSrelief vocational training in Lahj, Abyan, Marib, Hadramout and Socotra.

The project is part of the humanitarian and relief projects provided by the Kingdom’s humanitarian arm, KSrelief, to impoverished families in Yemen.

Meanwhile, the center distributed 790 food baskets to displaced families in White Nile State, Sudan, helping 4,910 people.

KSrelief also distributed 400 food baskets in the Kohistan district of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province as part of the third phase of its Food Security Support Project. The aid benefited 2,800 people in vulnerable flood-affected areas.

 


Saudi deputy FM attends Antalya Diplomacy Forum, holds meetings on behalf of crown prince

Saudi deputy FM attends Antalya Diplomacy Forum, holds meetings on behalf of crown prince
Updated 02 March 2024
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Saudi deputy FM attends Antalya Diplomacy Forum, holds meetings on behalf of crown prince

Saudi deputy FM attends Antalya Diplomacy Forum, holds meetings on behalf of crown prince
  • Waleed Elkhereiji met with officials from EU, UN, Vietnam and Panama at the forum

RIYADH: Saudi Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Waleed Elkhereiji attended the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Turkiye this weekend.

The deputy minister was at the event on Friday on behalf of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

Elkhereiji met with Foreign Minister of Panama Janaina Tewaney Mencomo.

During their meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations and ways to strengthen and develop them in various fields, in addition to discussing issues of common interest, SPA added.

Elkhereiji also met separately with the EU Special Representative for the Gulf Region Luigi Di Maio; with Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Minh Hang; and with the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Moratinos.

The meetings were also attended by Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Turkiye Fahad Abulnaser and the director general of the deputy minister’s office Mutashar Al-Enezi.

Heads of state and government and ministers from more than 100 countries were in attendance at the third edition of the ADF.

The forum was held with the slogan “Prominent Diplomacy in Preventing Crises,” and discussed current global challenges and ways to improve multilateral cooperation to find the necessary solutions to ongoing crises.

Discussions also explored ways countries can contribute to international peace and security and achieve sustainable development for countries and their populations.


Kingdom arrests 14,955 illegals in one week

Kingdom arrests 14,955 illegals in one week
Updated 02 March 2024
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Kingdom arrests 14,955 illegals in one week

Kingdom arrests 14,955 illegals in one week

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 14,955 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

According to an official report, a total of 9,080 people were arrested for violations of residency laws, while 3,088 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 2,787 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 849 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 42 percent were Yemeni, 56 percent Ethiopian, and 2 percent were of other nationalities.

A further 99 people were caught trying to cross into neighboring countries, and six were held for involvement in transporting and harboring violators.

The Saudi Ministry of Interior said that anyone found to be facilitating illegal entry to the Kingdom, including providing transportation and shelter, could face imprisonment for a maximum of 15 years, a fine of up to SR1 million ($260,000), as well as confiscation of vehicles and property.

Suspected violations can be reported on the toll-free number 911 in the Makkah and Riyadh regions, and 999 or 996 in other regions of the Kingdom.