Saudi Heritage Commission Discovers Bilingual Inscription in Alqan Village in Tabuk 

Saudi Arabia’s Heritage Commission announced the discovery and documentation of a bilingual inscription in the village of Alqan in the Tabuk region. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Heritage Commission announced the discovery and documentation of a bilingual inscription in the village of Alqan in the Tabuk region. (SPA)
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Saudi Heritage Commission Discovers Bilingual Inscription in Alqan Village in Tabuk 

Saudi Arabia’s Heritage Commission announced the discovery and documentation of a bilingual inscription in the village of Alqan in the Tabuk region. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Heritage Commission announced the discovery and documentation of a bilingual inscription in the village of Alqan in the Tabuk region. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia’s Heritage Commission announced the discovery and documentation of a bilingual inscription in the village of Alqan in the Tabuk region, reported the Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday.

The discovery is part of the archaeological survey works conducted by the commission across various regions of the Kingdom. According to studies of letter forms and their development, the inscription dates back to the 5th century AD.

The commission noted that the recently discovered inscription is composed in both the Thamudic script and early Arabic script, confirming the continued use of the Thamudic script in the 5th century AD.

The inscription consists of three lines, two of which are written in Thamudic script and one in early Arabic script.

The discovery offers new scientific insights into the historical coexistence of Thamudic and early Arabic writing, as well as the continuity of Thamudic script knowledge among ancient communities until the 5th century AD.

This finding illuminates the history of early Arabic scripts in the Arabian Peninsula and is a significant addition to the series of ancient Arabic inscriptions and writings recently documented by the commission.

The inscription holds particular importance for studying the evolution of Arabic letter forms throughout history.



Hira Cultural District Launches ‘Summer of Hira’ Events

Located next to Jabal Al-Nour, one of Makkah’s most famous landmarks, the district opens its doors daily to visitors from around the world  - SPA
Located next to Jabal Al-Nour, one of Makkah’s most famous landmarks, the district opens its doors daily to visitors from around the world - SPA
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Hira Cultural District Launches ‘Summer of Hira’ Events

Located next to Jabal Al-Nour, one of Makkah’s most famous landmarks, the district opens its doors daily to visitors from around the world  - SPA
Located next to Jabal Al-Nour, one of Makkah’s most famous landmarks, the district opens its doors daily to visitors from around the world - SPA

The Hira Cultural District on Saturday launched the activities of “Summer of Hira,” which will run until Saturday, August 8th.

The events, designed to cater to both residents and visitors of the Makkah Region, include various activities such as 360-degree corners, ice cream and juice service, camel and horse rides, painting workshops, calligraphy sessions, and displays by productive families. Additionally, there will be a kids’ zone, a caravan, and events featuring pets, birds, and a photo contest, SPA reported.

Visitors can also experience a unique cultural journey at the Revelation Exhibition, which features life-sized models of the Cave of Hira and a large screen narrating the story of the revelation to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
Located next to Jabal Al-Nour, one of Makkah’s most famous landmarks, the district opens its doors daily to visitors from around the world, showcasing Saudi Arabia's advancements in developing historical sites and enriching the religious and cultural experience of its guests. The district offers a unique and enriching experience, providing an entertaining, cultural, and historical journey into the past that leaves a lasting impression.
Spanning approximately 67,000 square meters, it accommodates a diverse range of tourists from various nationalities and social segments.