Post-Corona Bucket List: 10 Places You Need to Visit After This Crisis Ends; Muhammed Kotb; Scoop Empire

With more than a billion people under lockdown and international flights grounded to a halt, the threats of the COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to undertake measures such as social distancing in an effort to flatten the curve. As the number of cases continues to rise, people on social media are thinking more and more […]

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These Four Saudi Female Engineers Are Working to Preserve Jeddah’s; About Her

The Red Sea port city of Jeddah is known for many remarkable things, but perhaps the most universal on being Al-Balad, the city’s historic neighborhood filled with heritage buildings and centuries of…

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Culture Ministry’s program aims to expand Saudi Arabia’s cultural; Deema al-Khudair; Arab News

The Culture Ministry’s Art Residency Program, which aims to promote cultural activities in Saudi Arabia, is inviting applications from local and international talent. Registration for the…

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Saudi Arabia names princess as UNESCO representative; Al Jazeera

Rare female appointment to international body comes as ultra-conservative country works to revamp its image abroad.

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Saudi Arabia unveiled; Lee Siew Hua; The Straits Times

Even in a Google-mapped world, Saudi Arabia is such an unseen kingdom that very few outsiders have an inkling of its wintry peaks, coral reefs and stylish cafes…

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Saudi tourist spots you can now visit; BBC

The kingdom is introducing a new visa regime for 49 countries, to open the country up to tourists.

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Saudi Arabia to allow tourists to visit the strict Islamic country for the first time; Lisa Minot; Sun

SAUDI Arabia is to allow tourists to visit the strict Islamic country for the first time. The kingdom is issuing tourist visas from today — part of ambitious plans to tempt more than 100 million visitors…

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View of Al-Balad, historical area in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Yurou; XinhuaNet

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Successful auction heralds new dawn for Saudi art; Zaid M Belbagi; Arab News

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Different phases of Jeddah’s rich history under spotlight; Arab News

The King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah) has published highlights of Jeddah’s heritage since the pre-Islamic era and the use of the city as a port for Makkah by…

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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis; Arab News

The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

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Jeddah’s Kanz Al-Balad, Al-Ozwa Street Performance enthrall visitors; Arab News

The 40-day Jeddah Season festival is currently underway, with the launch of a schedule of international shows and plays being presented for the first time in Saudi Arabia. The festival, which…

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Auction of contemporary Middle Eastern art to benefit Jeddah’s; Arab News

The Saudi Ministry of Culture and auction house Christie’s on June 26 will hold a special charity auction of contemporary Middle Eastern art to benefit a new heritage museum in Jeddah’s…

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21, 39 Jeddah Arts celebrates the myths of its old town; Melissa Gronlund; The National

This year’s theme overall is Al Obour, or “crossing” – such as the new crossing into the old, the exterior crossing into the inside and, crucially, different generations crossing paths.

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Saudi Arabia- Is this the world’s newest, most controversial travel destination?; Gemma; Travelettes

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Why I fell in love with the Middle East and why you should too; Gemma; Travelettes

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Test of time: How modern technology is saving Jeddah’s Al-Balad; Abdulaziz Alaquil; Arab News

JEDDAH: In comparison with the developments of modern urban infrastructure, Jeddah’s ancient port center of Al-Balad has largely stood the test of time.  Although Al-Balad has been a UNESCO Cultural…

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How one modern conservationist breathes new life into old stones in; Caline Malek; Arab News

BEIRUT: Samir Saddi is not your ordinary 68-year-old Lebanese man. The Beirut-born architect has made it his life’s mission to ensure the Middle East’s precious traditional architecture is preserved…

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VIDEO: How the historical area of Jeddah looked like 90 years ago; Majdi Wadoo; Al Arabiya

Saudi Arabia – Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah

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.

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WATCH: How an arts programme is helping to preserve Old Jeddah; Willy Lowry; The National

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Saudi Arabia – Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah

Old Jeddah’s buildings are hurting and crumbling. The Jameel House of Traditional Arts is trying to change that.

The narrow, winding streets of historic Jeddah evoke the city’s rich history. Structures spring from the streets adorned by intricate woodwork and what seem to be impossibly detailed doors.

The area known as Al Balad is a Unesco World Heritage Site, but the buildings are hurting, crumbling in the middle of the city’s outward growth.

The Jameel House of Traditional Arts is trying to change that.

The organisation offers a one-year programme in traditional arts that it hopes will equip young Saudis with the tools to preserve the structures and cultures of Old Jeddah.

“It’s very important for the participants to learn more about how to preserve the traditions and how to preserve the place,” said Fatimah Mazeh, the programme director. “They will be taking this forward to future generations.”

Over the course of a year, participants are trained in a variety of skills.

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