RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been a unique travel destination for centuries, offering a wide range of tourism options to visitors, from religious tourism to visiting the historical wonders and seeing the Kingdom’s natural beauty.
While the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, with their rich Islamic history epitomizing religious tourism, the natural and heritage wonders are best visited in picturesque Abha, Al-Baha, Al-Turaif distirct in historic Diriyah, Riyadh, historic Jeddah, the mountain resorts of Taif, heritage rock arts in Hail and the majesty of ancient Nabatean tombs in Madain Saleh whereas the multicolored coral reefs of the Red Sea remained a well-kept secret.
Unveiling an ambitious plan for tourism revolution to make Saudi Arabia a world-class travel destination, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in August announced the launch of “The Red Sea” tourism project.
In the recorded history of mankind, many civilizations have come to exist, thriving for generations before falling into decay and eventually dying out. While some have been forgotten over time, others are remembered more vividly even today, thanks to the practice of extensive record keeping which commenced with the invention of writing on cuneiform tablets in ancient Mesopotamia, papyrus in Egypt and culminating in the introduction of paper by the Chinese.
Multiple aspects of civilizational history, be it political, social, religious or intellectual came to be recorded widely as various civilizations progressed. The quest for search of ancient materials and records continues even in current times for the purpose of study by scholars across the world in order to try and improve man’s understanding of the world inherited from past generations.
Stonehenge – the mystic stone circle in the middle of England is a world renown place. It attracts all sorts of people, including some of the more extraordinary kind. A bucket list item that many people want to visit at least once in their lifetime.
I thought that one day I would have to visit Stonehenge, too. Until I realised how expensive a visit would be, and that you wouldn’t even be allowed to get very close to the stones. Lucky that I found a much better alternative at Avebury, just a couple of minutes drive from the Stonehenge site.
Exploring the Old Country
What many don’t realise is that Stonehenge is located in a very old country that is rich in pre-historic burial mounds, Bronze Age hill figures, and many other stone circles similar to Stonehenge.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A 19-year-old man who spent 60 hours locked alone inside a gated southern Indiana cave says he feels lucky to be alive.
Indiana University freshman Lukas Cavar was on a spelunking trip to Sullivan Cave about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Bloomington when he became separated Sunday afternoon from 12 other members of the university’s Caving Club.
When he eventually reached the cave entrance, Cavar found club members had padlocked its gate, unaware that he remained inside. He couldn’t get a cellphone signal and screamed for hours, hoping motorists passing on a nearby road might hear him.
“It took me a little while to wrangle my emotions and sort of approach things analytically, sensibly, to come up with a game plan to survive,” Cavar said Thursday, two days after his rescue.
Some 35 to 40,000 years ago, humans took up residence in six caves in the Swabian Jura, and left behind unique evidence of their creative endeavours. These are the oldest works of art and musical instruments yet discovered anywhere in the world. Hailed as an archaeological sensation, the caves featuring the oldest Ice Age art were added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 2017.
By Karen Rubin
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has included a new site to its list: the caves of the Ice Age in the Swabian Jura in Baden-Württemberg. More than 50 artifacts mostly made of bone and ivory, were discovered in six caves in the Ach- and Lonetal. These archaeological sites and prehistoric works of art from the Ice Age allow researchers to draw conclusions about the earliest traces of human settlement.
Curacao Chronicle / WILLEMSTAD – The Curaçao Heritage Platform, consisting of Stichting Monumentenfonds Curacao, Stichting Monumentenzorg Curacao and Stadsherstel, have joined forces to host the 3rd Caribbean Conference of national trusts and preservation societies in Willemstad Curacao in November 2017. This 3-day conference will take place from November 16th until November 19th at the Curaçao Renaissance Resort. 2017 marks the year in which Curacao’s capital Willemstad is celebrating its 20-year anniversary as a UNESCO world heritage site. We would like to invite everyone who is interested in the conservation and future of national heritage, to join this engaging event, where relevant and compelling topics related to heritage re-use and preservation will be explored. We will be diving into the area of underwater and maritime heritage and its impact on societies.
As a child, some of our fondest memories have centred around cycles – either sitting on it, or sporting bruised knees and lying haplessly on the ground somewhere near it. Cycling has been synonymous with the very first rush of wanderlust and utter and complete freedom, even if it was for a few hours and just through the neighbourhood park. And there’s no better place to step back in time and relive this childhood experience, than through the tropical paradise of Sri Lanka. A canvas of green and blue, the country is intermittent with rusty rail tracks winding across staggering terrains. Notwithstanding the 30 years of war and a terrifying tsunami, the unhurried pace of life on Emerald Isle is both baffling and bracing for travellers.
On 21 September, UNESCO was informed by several sources that military action is intensifying within and around the Archaeological Site of Sabratha in Libya, inscribed on the World Heritage List since 1982. According to reports, military action is growing within and around the property.
In view of this situation, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, calls on all parties to cease violence and ensure the protection of Sabratha’s invaluable cultural heritage, including its archaeological museum. The Director-General underscored the need to protect cultural heritage in times of conflict, as recently urged by the UN Security Council in its Resolution 2347, notably.
“I call on all parties to ensure the safeguarding of Sabratha’s unique cultural heritage,” said Mrs. Bokova.
Ah, Machu Picchu — one of the new seven wonders of the world. No doubt, this Incan citadel in Peru’s Sacred Valley is a bucket list destination for travelers worldwide. However, this ancient site has brand-new regulations. Due to mounting pressure from UNESCO to deem it as an endangered world heritage site, the Peruvian government has issued new laws for visiting the world-famous monument in the clouds.
As of July 1, 2017, you must enter the site with an official tour guide for a specific time slot — either in the morning (6 a.m. to noon) or afternoon (noon to 5:30 p.m.).
“You cannot pre-book a guide,” says Giuliana Valle of Peru Tourism. “To hire a guide, you must do it the same day at the entrance to Machu Picchu, where the guides are from 6 a.m.”
The best part of traveling to a new place is learning the culture, capturing the experience, and enjoying some of the notable attractions. The bad news? Some major destinations are getting sick of tourists. From economic decline, vandalism, and wear and tear on prominent landmarks, find out the reasons why these well-known tourist destinations will never be the same.
Pig Beach, Bahamas
Located on the island of Grand Exuma in the Bahamas is the wildly popular tourist destination dubbed Pig Beach. Tourists were able swim in the crystal clear water surrounded by the friendly wild pigs until a recent, mysterious event left several of the feral pigs dead. Some say their deaths occurred because of a few tourists’ actions, such as feeding the pigs junk food, letting the pigs ingest too much sand, and giving them beer and rum.