Desert of Hisma, A Haven of Natural Beauty and Geological Wonder in Tabuk Region

The Hisma Desert covers the northwest part of the Tabuk Region creating a captivating landscape and geologically intriguing location. (SPA)
The Hisma Desert covers the northwest part of the Tabuk Region creating a captivating landscape and geologically intriguing location. (SPA)
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Desert of Hisma, A Haven of Natural Beauty and Geological Wonder in Tabuk Region

The Hisma Desert covers the northwest part of the Tabuk Region creating a captivating landscape and geologically intriguing location. (SPA)
The Hisma Desert covers the northwest part of the Tabuk Region creating a captivating landscape and geologically intriguing location. (SPA)

The Hisma Desert, a desert of crimson sands and vibrant red sand mountains, covers the northwest part of the Tabuk Region, creating a captivating landscape and geologically intriguing location, SPA said on Monday.
Over the course of time, these mountains have been sculpted by nature into captivating forms, preserving a historical narrative that beckons tourists to explore this open-air museum. The erosion of these mountains has crafted a surreal and magnificent landscape found nowhere else in the world.
The Hisma Desert has served as a vital stop along an ancient trade route to and from the Arabian Peninsula, witnessing the passage of caravans and travelers across various civilizations. This historical significance is reflected in the multitude of archaeological inscriptions found on the towering mountains, showcasing the rich diversity of human history etched into the rocks.



Archaeologists in Egypt Unearth Section of Large Ramses II Statue

A section of a limestone statue of Ramses II unearthed by an Egyptian-US archaeological mission in El Ashmunein, south of the Egyptian city of Minya, Egypt in this handout image released on March 4, 2024. The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities/Handout via REUTERS
A section of a limestone statue of Ramses II unearthed by an Egyptian-US archaeological mission in El Ashmunein, south of the Egyptian city of Minya, Egypt in this handout image released on March 4, 2024. The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities/Handout via REUTERS
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Archaeologists in Egypt Unearth Section of Large Ramses II Statue

A section of a limestone statue of Ramses II unearthed by an Egyptian-US archaeological mission in El Ashmunein, south of the Egyptian city of Minya, Egypt in this handout image released on March 4, 2024. The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities/Handout via REUTERS
A section of a limestone statue of Ramses II unearthed by an Egyptian-US archaeological mission in El Ashmunein, south of the Egyptian city of Minya, Egypt in this handout image released on March 4, 2024. The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities/Handout via REUTERS

A joint Egyptian-US archaeological mission has uncovered the upper part of a huge statue of King Ramses II during excavations south of the Egyptian city of Minya, Egypt's tourism and antiquities ministry said on Monday.
The limestone block is about 3.8 meters (12.5 feet) high and depicts a seated Ramses wearing a double crown and a headdress topped with a royal cobra, Bassem Jihad, head of the mission's Egyptian team, said in a statement.
The upper part of the statue's back column shows hieroglyphic writings that glorify the king, one of ancient Egypt's most powerful pharaohs, Reuters quoted him as saying.
Also known as Ramses the Great, he was the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt and ruled from 1,279 to 1,213 BCE.
The size of the statue when combined with its lower section, which was unearthed decades ago, would reach about 7 meters.
The city of El Ashmunein, on the west bank of the River Nile, was known in ancient Egypt as Khemnu and in the Greco-Roman era was the regional capital of Hermopolis Magna.
Studies have confirmed that the upper part of the statue is a match for the lower section discovered by German archaeologist Gunther Roeder in 1930, said Mustafa Waziri, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The mission has begun cleaning and preparing the block ahead of modelling what the statue would look like when the two sections are combined, Waziri said.


Saudi Students Win Gold, Silver Medals in Gulf Arab Poetry, Story, and Novel Competition

Saudi students won two gold medals and one silver medal in the Poetry, Story, and Novel Competition hosted by Sharjah City. SPA
Saudi students won two gold medals and one silver medal in the Poetry, Story, and Novel Competition hosted by Sharjah City. SPA
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Saudi Students Win Gold, Silver Medals in Gulf Arab Poetry, Story, and Novel Competition

Saudi students won two gold medals and one silver medal in the Poetry, Story, and Novel Competition hosted by Sharjah City. SPA
Saudi students won two gold medals and one silver medal in the Poetry, Story, and Novel Competition hosted by Sharjah City. SPA

Saudi male and female students won two gold medals and one silver medal in the Poetry, Story, and Novel Competition hosted by Sharjah City, the United Arab Emirates. The event was organized by the Arabic Language Education Centre for the Gulf States (ALECGS), affiliated with the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States (ABEGS).

Abdulrahman bin Saad bin Mohammed Talian from the Education Department in Al-Kharj Governorate secured the gold medal at the Gulf level in the poetry category.

Bassam bin Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Rajhi from the General Department of Education in Riyadh Region got the gold medal in the Novel Category.

Al-Jawhara bint Hassan bin Ali Al-Omari from the General Department of Education in Asir Region secured the silver medal in the Story Category.

The Poetry, Story, and Novel Competition is a newly established contest held for the first time at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) level. It is organized and supervised by the ALECGS in Sharjah.
The competition aims to deepen loyalty and belonging to the Arabic language as one of the most important tools for enhancing national identity.


Othman bin Affan Mosque, a 1200-Year-Old Building in Historic Jeddah

The Jeddah Historic District Program unveiled the findings of the archaeological excavations at Othman bin Affan Mosque as part of the first phase of the Archaeology Project in Historic Jeddah. (SPA)
The Jeddah Historic District Program unveiled the findings of the archaeological excavations at Othman bin Affan Mosque as part of the first phase of the Archaeology Project in Historic Jeddah. (SPA)
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Othman bin Affan Mosque, a 1200-Year-Old Building in Historic Jeddah

The Jeddah Historic District Program unveiled the findings of the archaeological excavations at Othman bin Affan Mosque as part of the first phase of the Archaeology Project in Historic Jeddah. (SPA)
The Jeddah Historic District Program unveiled the findings of the archaeological excavations at Othman bin Affan Mosque as part of the first phase of the Archaeology Project in Historic Jeddah. (SPA)

The Jeddah Historic District Program unveiled the findings of the archaeological excavations at Othman bin Affan Mosque as part of the first phase of the Archaeology Project in Historic Jeddah, according to a press release from the program SPA said on Monday.
The excavations unearthed significant details about the mosque's history, including numerous artifact fragments, some dating back nearly 1,200 years.
The release stated that the archaeological excavations revealed that the mosque underwent numerous renovations and reconstructions over its long history. Aside from its latest, modern form, which was constructed sometime during the 14th century AH (late 20th century AD), all previous architectural phases followed the traditional style of mosques in the region at that time, with an open courtyard leading to a roofed prayer hall.
The mosque's size, orientation and mihrab niche remained essentially unchanged for over a thousand years.
Changes in the mosque primarily occurred in the elevation and flooring style. Clay tile and plaster flooring eventually led to flagstone, which remained in use for approximately 400 years. The floor level was periodically elevated during renovations, and the same flagstone flooring was reused until the early 20th century AD.
Moreover, alongside the significant changes that occurred in the mosque was the construction of an underground cistern system beneath the building. Archaeologists found cisterns "sealed and filled with crystal-clear water, left untouched by their builders for almost 800 years," the press release added. The construction of such underground cisterns was commonplace in historic Jeddah, given the city's scarce water supply.
The 1200-year-long history of the Othman bin Affan Mosque is illustrated by thousands of archaeological finds discovered during the excavation, from fragments of the 11th century AH (17th century AD) Chinese blue and white porcelain and 4th-6th century AH (11th-13th century AD) Chinese so-called Celadon ware with a pleasing soft green-grey colored glaze.
One of the earliest artifacts unearthed in the mosque are fragments of white, green and yellow glazed pottery dated by experts to the 3rd- 4th century AH (9th-10th century AD).


Saudi Ministry of Culture to Participate in LEAP 2024

The Ministry of Culture will take part in the third edition of LEAP 2024 Tech Conference. (SPA)
The Ministry of Culture will take part in the third edition of LEAP 2024 Tech Conference. (SPA)
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Saudi Ministry of Culture to Participate in LEAP 2024

The Ministry of Culture will take part in the third edition of LEAP 2024 Tech Conference. (SPA)
The Ministry of Culture will take part in the third edition of LEAP 2024 Tech Conference. (SPA)

The Ministry of Culture will take part in the third edition of LEAP 2024 Tech Conference, slated to be held from March 4 to 7, at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Center, SPA said on Monday.
The ministry will participate under the theme “Into New Worlds”, as the diamond sponsor of LEAP, in which the ministry's pavilion will showcase efforts in preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Kingdom with the latest technical methods.
The pavilion will embrace a digital environment that allows users to experience many cultural activities and attractions around the Kingdom. The pavilion also exhibits cultural attractions such as the history march, and sectors dedicated to music, art, history, and handicrafts.
Ten modern technologies that simulate artificial intelligence will be displayed in the pavilion, which provide a combination of cultural displays and digital innovation.


Saudi Post Issues Stamp to Mark Diriyah Season

The Saudi Post (SPL) issued on Sunday a commemorative stamp to mark Diriyah Season 2023-24. (Saudi Post)
The Saudi Post (SPL) issued on Sunday a commemorative stamp to mark Diriyah Season 2023-24. (Saudi Post)
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Saudi Post Issues Stamp to Mark Diriyah Season

The Saudi Post (SPL) issued on Sunday a commemorative stamp to mark Diriyah Season 2023-24. (Saudi Post)
The Saudi Post (SPL) issued on Sunday a commemorative stamp to mark Diriyah Season 2023-24. (Saudi Post)

The Saudi Post (SPL) issued on Sunday a commemorative stamp to mark Diriyah Season 2023-24.

The stamp, called “Entertain Your Cultural Curiosity, was issued in cooperation with the Diriyah Gate Development Authority and Diriyah Company.

Saudi Post stamps are issued based on the most prominent national or international events and occasions, making them an ideal choice for stamp collectors and historians worldwide.


Tourists Flock to AlUla's Gharameel Reserve for Endangered Species

The Gharameel nature reserve is a stunning expanse of desert wilderness renowned for its unique biodiversity (SPA)
The Gharameel nature reserve is a stunning expanse of desert wilderness renowned for its unique biodiversity (SPA)
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Tourists Flock to AlUla's Gharameel Reserve for Endangered Species

The Gharameel nature reserve is a stunning expanse of desert wilderness renowned for its unique biodiversity (SPA)
The Gharameel nature reserve is a stunning expanse of desert wilderness renowned for its unique biodiversity (SPA)

Located 60 kilometers north of AlUla city, northwestern Saudi Arabia, the Gharameel reserve is a stunning expanse of desert wilderness renowned for its unique biodiversity, for the variety of rock formations, and for its sand dunes and hills, SPA said on Sunday.
This remarkable landscape has made Gharameel a popular tourist destination that attracts visitors from all over the world.
In a recent effort to enhance the reserve's natural beauty and ecological balance, the National Center for Wildlife and the Royal Commission for AlUla collaborated to release 14 Arabian oryx and 40 gazelles into the reserve.
The aim is to reintroduce locally endangered species, restore biodiversity, and promote environmental sustainability, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 goals.


King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language, Thailand's Prince of Songkla University Sign MoU

Photo by SPA
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King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language, Thailand's Prince of Songkla University Sign MoU

Photo by SPA
Photo by SPA

The King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language (KSGAAL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Prince of Songkla University (PSU) in the Kingdom of Thailand.
KSGAAL’s Secretary-General Dr. Abdullah Al-Washmi and PSU President Asst. Prof. Dr. Niwat Keawpradub signed the memorandum on the sidelines of the Human Capability Initiative (HCI) Conference held in Riyadh, SPA reported.
The MoU aims to strengthen cooperation in the field of the Arabic language by preserving its integrity by teaching the Arabic language to non-native speakers through proficiency tests, digital dictionaries, blogs, curricula, and tools related to the language services and consultations in areas of common interest.


Saudi Arabia, Jordan Discuss Ways to Strengthen Cultural Ties

General view of streets in Amman, Jordan. Reuters file photo
General view of streets in Amman, Jordan. Reuters file photo
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Saudi Arabia, Jordan Discuss Ways to Strengthen Cultural Ties

General view of streets in Amman, Jordan. Reuters file photo
General view of streets in Amman, Jordan. Reuters file photo

Saudi Ambassador to Amman Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi has met at his office in the embassy with the Jordanian Minister of Culture, Haifa Najjar.

During Wednesday’s meeting, they discussed ways to strengthen cultural relations between the two countries and emphasized the importance of promoting cooperation and cultural exchange.


Tunisia’s Religious Affairs Minister, Pakistani Delegation Visit Hira Cultural District in Makkah

Tunisia’s Minister of Religious Affairs and the delegation from Pakistan visited the Hira Cultural District. SPA
Tunisia’s Minister of Religious Affairs and the delegation from Pakistan visited the Hira Cultural District. SPA
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Tunisia’s Religious Affairs Minister, Pakistani Delegation Visit Hira Cultural District in Makkah

Tunisia’s Minister of Religious Affairs and the delegation from Pakistan visited the Hira Cultural District. SPA
Tunisia’s Minister of Religious Affairs and the delegation from Pakistan visited the Hira Cultural District. SPA

Tunisia’s Minister of Religious Affairs Ibrahim bin Muhammad Al-Shaibi has paid a visit to the Hira Cultural District in Makkah, where he toured the Revelation Exhibition and other venues in the district.

The minister commended on Wednesday the efforts exerted in introducing visitors to the stories of the Prophets.

A delegation from the Pakistan Navy War College also visited the Hira Cultural District and toured the Revelation Exhibition and other venues in the district.


Minister: Kuwait Theater Festival is Beacon of Culture, Art in Arab World

People look on as fireworks light the sky in Fahaheel district, 35 km South of Kuwait City on February 25, 2024, during the country's National Day celebrations. (Photo by YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP)
People look on as fireworks light the sky in Fahaheel district, 35 km South of Kuwait City on February 25, 2024, during the country's National Day celebrations. (Photo by YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP)
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Minister: Kuwait Theater Festival is Beacon of Culture, Art in Arab World

People look on as fireworks light the sky in Fahaheel district, 35 km South of Kuwait City on February 25, 2024, during the country's National Day celebrations. (Photo by YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP)
People look on as fireworks light the sky in Fahaheel district, 35 km South of Kuwait City on February 25, 2024, during the country's National Day celebrations. (Photo by YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP)

Minister of Information and Culture Abdulrahman Al-Mutairi said that the Kuwait Theater Festival, whose 23rd edition kicked off Wednesday, has been a beacon of culture and art in the Arab world since its launching in 1989.

Speaking at the opening ceremony at the Abdulhussain Abdulredha Theater in Salmiya, Al-Mutairi, the festival's sponsor, said since its inception, the Kuwaiti festival formed its identity and continued its march toward excellence and dissemination of the culture of diversity.

The Minister added that the festival has also become a platform for developing the theatrical movement in the country.

This year's edition coincides with Kuwait's national days' celebrations and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature (NCCAL), he said.

"We work at the NCCAL on implementing the directives of His Highness Emir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness Prime Minister Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah on backing and encouraging culture and arts in Kuwait," the minister stated.

He said he was happy at the naming of Saudi Theater and Performing Arts Commission CEO Sultan Al-Bazie as the festival's guest and Kuwaiti artist Saad Al-Faraj the personality of this year's edition, honoring them as well as other dignitaries and artists.