‘Arab tribes, not Columbus, discovered America’

Updated 07 June 2016

‘Arab tribes, not Columbus, discovered America’

BURAIDAH: Suleiman Al-Deeb, professor of ancient languages at King Saud University and researcher at the King Faisal Center for Research and Studies, has claimed that America was discovered by Thamudic Arab tribes much before Christopher Columbus reached there in the 15th Century.
In an interview published by a website, Al-Deeb said he was among 15 people from various parts of the world to discuss the intaglio, or engravings, found at one of the military bases of Colorado. The text was read and found to be Thamudic Arabic similar to that found in the Arabian Peninsula.
He said that these engravings were from the 10th Century and indicated migration in that era. He said that there was no problem in reading this Thamudic text which was sent to him from America.
Al-Deeb said that there were rock fragments in the Arabian Peninsula, particularly in the Kingdom, which have engravings from more than three thousand years back. He said the engravings on these rock fragments are in the form of artworks recording their lives, religion, food and drinks of that era.
It is widely believed that Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492. He led a Spanish-based trans-Atlantic maritime expedition which resulted in the discovery of the Americas.


Saudi Arabia reports 29 COVID-19 deaths, 455 new cases

Updated 28 September 2020

Saudi Arabia reports 29 COVID-19 deaths, 455 new cases

  • 841 patients have recovered from the virus over the past 24

RIYADH: Saudi health authorities announced 29 deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, taking the Kingdom’s death toll from the virus to 4,712.
A total of 455 new cases were also announced, with 52 in Jeddah, 48 in Madinah, 35 in Makkah, 33 in the capital Riyadh and 32 in Hafouf, among the cities with the highest count. 
The total number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom has reached 333,648, with 11,090 active cases and 1,034 in critical condition. 

According to the health ministry, 841 patients have recovered from the virus over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 317,846. 
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 33.14 million people globally and the death toll has reached 997,236.