Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa projects highlighted at UNESCO meeting

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Saudi artisans exhibit their skills during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa. (SPA)
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Saudi artisans exhibit their skills during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa. (SPA)
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Saudi artisans exhibit their skills during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa. (SPA)
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Saudi artisans exhibit their skills during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa. (SPA)
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Saudi artisans exhibit their skills during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa. (SPA)
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Saudi artisans exhibit their skills during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa. (SPA)
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Saudi artisans exhibit their skills during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa. (SPA)
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Saudi artisans exhibit their skills during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa. (SPA)
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Saudi artisans exhibit their skills during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa. (SPA)
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Saudi artisans exhibit their skills during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa. (SPA)
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Saudi artisans exhibit their skills during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa. (SPA)
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Saudi artisans exhibit their skills during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa. (SPA)
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Saudi artisans exhibit their skills during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa. (SPA)
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Saudi artisans exhibit their skills during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa. (SPA)
Updated 18 October 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa projects highlighted at UNESCO meeting

AL-AHSA: The creative and cultural achievements of Al-Ahsa Oasis were highlighted by its mayor at a UNESCO meeting in Japan, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Al-Ahsa is widely considered to have the greenest and most fertile land in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, while also housing prominent archaeological and historical sites.

Al-Ahsa Mayor Adel Al-Mulhim, head of the Saudi Creative Al-Ahsa delegation to the annual meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network held in Kanazawa, Japan, provided a detailed presentation on Al-Ahsa’s achievements such as becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018, becoming a member of the Creative Cities Network in the field of handicrafts and folk arts in 2015, and being named as Arab Tourism Capital for 2019 by the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism.

The meeting was attended by Mayor of Kanazawa Yukiyoshi Yamano, along with representatives from 30 countries.

Al-Mulhim reviewed projects and events in Al-Ahsa aimed at promoting cultural activities in line with the creative network’s objectives, which include making cities safer and more sustainable. 




Saudi artists perform a dance number during a recent festival in Al-Ahsa, in the Eastern Povince of Saudi Arabia. (SPA)

He said government support for Al-Ahsa’s heritage and creative sectors had led to a increased public awareness about the importance of culture and creativity in shaping a sustainable city, and achieving the goals of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network to emphasize the role of culture in sustainable urban development.

Al-Mulhim said that Al-Ahsa had several elements that qualified it as a member of the network, a first for the Kingdom and Gulf Cooperation Council states.

“These elements include the cultural depth of Al-Ahsa in the Arabian Gulf region, owning a rich heritage of crafts and folklore, its environmental and social diversity, and having the required infrastructure to actively participate in national, regional and international events,” he told the meeting.


Four people stabbed in Riyadh

Updated 11 November 2019

Four people stabbed in Riyadh

RIYADH: Riyadh police are currently investigating a stabbing that took place at King Abdullah Park in Al-Malaz. The man attacked live performers on a stage and injured four of them. Police evacuated the area as a precautionary measure.

According to Yaser Al-Jalajil, official spokesman for the Saudi Red Crescent in Riyadh, nine teams arrived at the location and transported all injured victims to Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Hospital. The incident took place at 8 p.m.

Earlier a video clip of the incident was circulated on social media showing the attacker jumping on the stage and attacking the victims. A security guard was seen tackling the man and bringing him down.

Arab News contacted police sources who said that they were investigating the incident and would issue a statement. According to reports an Arab national armed with a knife was arrested from the scene.