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Crown Prince Orders Restoration Processes Of Historical Buildings

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According to a report from the Saudi Press Agency, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the restoration of 56 historical buildings in Jeddah.

The first stage of the restoration processes are expected to cost around SAR50 million ($13.3 million), and it will include the buildings with rich architectural elements that are of historical significance.

This plan aligns with the desires of Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman to “preserve, revive, rehabilitate” the cultural sites from any possible threats that can cause their demolishing, as expected by UNESCO.

This will enable the registry of Jeddah as a World Heritage site, which further aligns with the 2030 Vision of the Kingdom.

This keen and interest will help in preserving the condition of these historic building; which are a solid witnesses to Saudi Arabia‘s cultural depth.

The renovation projects will take place under the guidance of the Ministry of Culture, and the supervision of technicians with experience in historical buildings.

Some of the buildings are houses more than 500-years-old, and archaeological monuments owned by Jeddah families.

“Saudi Arabia’s historical buildings will receive special attention from the Ministry of Culture to ensure that they remain in excellent condition and remain as solid proof of the cultural depth of the Kingdom,” the Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said.

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All Flights to Be Relocated to the New Jeddah Airport by Next Year

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It has been announced that as of next year, all flights to Saudi Arabia will be relocated form the old King Abdulaziz International Airport to the new Jeddah airport.

This will include flights to and from Athens, Rome, Frankfurt, Geneva, Munich, Milan and Vienna.

According to sources, the fourth phase will kick off in mid-November and will cover destinations including Dammam, Qasim, Cairo, Khartoum, Kuwait, Nairobi and Beirut. While the fifth phase will begin on December 10th to include flights to Ankara, Tunisia, Johannesburg, Delhi, Mumbai and others.

The transition from the old airport to the new one will be gradual so that by the end of this year, the national carrier will begin its long distance hauls to Europe and America.

More flights will begin to kick off from the new airport by the end of the first quarter of next year, up until the airport reached its maximum capacity of 100 million passengers yearly.

 

 

 

 

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The Red Sea Project: Aiming to Save the Marine Life

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One of Saudi Arabia’s mega projects is the Red Sea one and the this huge project is led by key ecological targets, in the attempt of protecting the marine life in the process.

We are all aware of the danger imposed on the sea life and this is why one of the project’s aims is protecting the habitat of the endangered hawksbill turtle, another aim is saving the coral reefs.

The project covers a 28,000 square kilometer region of archipelagos, lagoons, canyons and volcanic geology between the small towns of Al-Wajh and Umluj located in the Kingdom’s west coast.

Scientists working on the projects are also trying to figure out why the area’s coral reef system is growing and thriving in some areas while others in areas across the world are facing great danger.

 

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Saudi Arabia to Allow Couples to Share A Hotel Room Without a Marriage Proof

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The Kingdom continues to make historic reforms as it opens up to tourists and this week, the tourism authority announced a revolutionary guideline which allows foreign women and men to share a hotel room without a marriage proof.

First, women were allowed to travel without a male guardianship and now the Kingdom is easing the regulations for foreign tourists after the launch of the first tourist visa scheme, all comes in light of the 2030 Vision that aims at diversifying the economy of Saudi Arabia. 

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage stated that women can now rent a hotel room using a proof of identity only, and without the need of a male approval.

The new visa allows tourists to enter the Kingdom for 90 days and this marks the Kingdom’s first time to open up for foreigners and in doing so, the tourism sector has already contributed with a 3% to the total GDP of Saudi Arabia and with these new reforms and easing of regulations, the government aspires to push the 3% to 10% in the upcoming period.

 

 

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