Saudi Permanent Representative to the UNESCO Dr. Ibrahim Al-Balawi extended congratulations on Saturday to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense…
UNESCO added Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa Oasis and Oman’s ancient city of Qalhat to its World Heritage List on Friday, the world cultural body said. Authorities in Riyadh, as well as Muscat, have put tourism high on their economic agendas as Gulf states look to diversify their oil-dependent economies
The historical area of Jeddah, which is locally called “Al Balad”, has finally received what it deserves after Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz agreed to the proposal of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to establish an administration under the name of managing the Historical Old Jeddah project with an independent budget and under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture.
The importance of the royal decree lays in the fact that it came after the suggestion of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has been working for several years to take Saudi Arabia to the place it deserves in all fields, especially in the tourism and cultural sectors.
The historic area of Jeddah – which includes many ancient mosques, buildings and neighborhoods – has received considerable attention for the past recent years that was amplified by recognizing it as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. But despite this interest, being in the agenda of Ministry of Culture will put it at the center of cultural events in Saudi Arabia after it was only seasonally recognized.