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Ministry of Culture’s Efforts in Preserving the Kingdom’s Heritage

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Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah visited three places last Wednesday in Makkah for inspection, King Faisal’s Palace, AlSaqqaf Palace and Al-Zaher Palace.

The visits came in the light of the minister’s program of visiting cultural sites across the Kingdom, with the aim of inspecting their infrastructure and how to maintain their preservation.

The minister spoke to the people in charge of each site to consider together the kind of support that these places need.

Last April, the minister signed a memorandum of understanding with the chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Ahmad Al-Khatib, stating that all national historical places and the archaeology sector are to be transferred to the Culture Ministry.

Royal directives are issued stating the renovating of King Faisal’s Palace and turning the palace into a national museum.

As for the other two palaces, one thing for sure is that the Ministry is keen on preserving their heritage, for Al-Saqqaf Palace has always been important for Saudis since the arrival of King Abdul Aziz to Makkah. It has been the center for government, and hosted a number of prominent guests including Hajj missions and Arab ambassadors.

As for Al-Zaher Palace, it was built back in 1946 after King Abdul Aziz returned back from his visit to Egypt, and ever since it has been one of the official palaces of the Kingdom.

This is why in preserving these palaces, a part of the Kingdom’s heritage is being preserved as well. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Saudi authorities are working hard on boosting the Kingdom’s culture, which aligns with the 2030 Vision.

“Today marks a turning point in the history of our nation,” said the Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan. “It is rare that a nation undertakes such a massive revival of its culture.”

“The transformation of arts and culture will benefit all Saudis, young and old, from every corner of our country.  It will help build bridges of understanding.  And for our children, we will build a Saudi Arabia where their creative spirits can flourish.” On the ministry’s Twitter account, the minister said a priority was to support Saudi talent.

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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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France to Host An Exhibition Showcasing The Wonders of Al-Ula

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France is set to host the first intentional exhibition entitled “AlUla: Kingdom’s Wonder” which is dedicated to showcasing the natural heritage and rich history of Al-Ula in Saudi Arabia.

The exhibition will be held at the headquarters of the Arab World Institute (IMA) in Paris starting from October 9th to the 9th of January.

According to Jack Land, IMA’s president and former French minister of culture, the expo aims at introducing the visitors to the beauty of Al-Ula and display its unique archaeological formation and the breathtaking natural destinations.

“In partnership with the Kingdom, the exhibition will allow visitors to discover the beauty of AlUla area and its natural diversity, as well as to learn about its history and civilizations witnessed over 7,000 years through artistic works, paintings and archaeological sculptures.” He added.

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Travel Bloggers Coming From all Around the World To the Edge of it!

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Now that Saudi Arabia is ready to welcome more and more tourists each day, the Kingdom isn’t wasting anytime to boost its tourism and has already invited over a number of worldwide influencers who are making the hashtag WelcomeToArabia goes viral.

Visit Saudi is the official tourism page of the Kingdom and it’s putting Saudi Arabia on the map in no time as a hot touristic destination, and travelers are loving it! You can see how different nationalities came together to spend a couple of days in Saudi and got to witness the rich history that people were long deprived of but no more!

The hashtag WelcomeToArabia is tending now and in clicking on it, you will be amazed with the countless pictures showcasing the beauty of Saudi Arabia and the dessert life that will surely be put on everyone’s travel bucket list.

Egyptian/ Canadian Sara Sabry says she can’t believe she finally made it to all the way to Saudi and that it certainly won’t be her last visit.

Now, let’s click on the hashtag and visit beautiful Saudi from the eyes of travel bloggers!

 

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