Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Saudi - Jeddah to hold its first heritage tourism event  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 07/01/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) Jeddah will play host to the first ever heritage tourism festival on its soil from Jan. 15 on the sidelines of the Jeddah spring festival entitled "Hayya Jeddah.



The 10-day heritage festival gains significance in the backdrop of the Kingdom's continued efforts to secure UNESCO world heritage status for Jeddah's old downtown area. A UNESCO team is expected to visit the site during the festival



The festival will take place under the patronage of Makkah Governor Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah



Revealing details of the festival at a press conference on Sunday at Jeddah's historic center in downtown Jeddah, Abdullah Dhawi, president of an organizing committee comprising the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities and the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, named Jeddah Governor Prince Mishaal bin Majid as the chairman of the supreme committee of the festival.

He said such a festival would mark



A milestone in the city's tourism sector and would greatly contribute to boosting the economy



A total of 46 programs will be held across various sites based on the historic importance of the location



He further explained that 90 percent of activities at the festival will based on Hijazi heritage, which dates back 2,600 years, and will be centered in the historic downtown area, known in Arabic as the "balad.



The festival aims to raise awareness among new generations about the city's former glory, he said, adding that exclusive entertainment programs had been planned for children. The contract for the festival's planning and organization has been awarded to Benchmark Event Management

Benchmark Representative Zaki Hassanein said a series of comedy shows will be held by a Jeddah-based comedy club during the festival

Mazen Batterjee, vice-president of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, pointed out Jeddah is the only city along the Red Sea trying to preserve heritage along the coastline. Jeddah Municipality's Mohammed Khoja said that a smartphone application would be made available on smart phones on IOS and Android applications.

Smart phone applications will contain complete information, including pictures of 70 historic sites of Jeddah and festival information, he said, adding that the festival committee is launching social media sites.

Videos of historic sites containing a 15-second clip will also be made available

"The Kingdom spends about SR50 million through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs every year toward the preservation of sites. Its impact will be felt during the heritage festival in Jeddah," said Mohammed Abdullah Al-Omari of the Commission of Tourism and Antiques in the Makkah region

Police, civil defense, municipal authorities and the business community participated in the conference

"This festival will make Jeddah join the list of historical heritage sites in the world," he said

Sami Nawar, supervisor of heritage sites and a spokesman at the Jeddah Municipality, said that interest in preserving the architecture and heritage of Jeddah goes far back as 1980. "There is now a plan in place to renovate 34 historical buildings out of a total of 557 sites," he explained

More than 5,000 visitors are expected to attend the festival

 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Sep 30 2014 - No Haj without permit: Checkpoints net 98000Arab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Security forces have barred 98000 people from entering Makkah because they did not have Haj permits the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The authorities did not ...

 Sep 30 2014 - Turkey tanks face IS at Syria borderArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) MURSITPINAR Turkey: Turkey on Monday deployed tanks and armored vehicles to reinforce its border with Syria amid escalating Islamic State violence as Parliament is set to ...

 Sep 30 2014 - Price control to end pilgrim abuseArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) The Ministry of Haj plans to fix the prices of Haj services offered by companies in an attempt to prevent the exploitation of pilgrims by unscrupulous operators.Hussein Al-Sharif ...

 Sep 30 2014 - KSA to host 1.4m Hajis from abroadArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) More than 1.4 million foreign pilgrims are expected to perform Haj this year said Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar. 'About 1.36 million pilgrims already arrived from different ...

 Sep 30 2014 - Misconceptions about IslamArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) This is with reference to the report 'Be modern but don't shun Islamic values: King' (Sept. 29). Everybody should read Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah's speech ...

 Sep 30 2014 - Toppling Assad regimeArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Beyond a shadow of doubt the atrocities committed by the regime of Bashar Assad paved the way for the militants belonging to the so-called Islamic State to take roots in Syria. ...

 Sep 30 2014 - South Korea's Overseas Construction Orders Grow 5.2%Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Overseas construction projects won by South Korean builders so far this year have risen 5.2% from a year earlier with the annual total expected to top US$70 billion, the government ...

 Sep 30 2014 - Real Estate Transactions Worth over QR831 Million Last WeekQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Real estate transactions between September 21 and 25 for the real estate sales contracts registered at the Ministry of justice are worth QR831,613,172, the real estate registration ...

 Sep 30 2014 - HITC Honours Media for Success of Kulluna CampaignQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) The Hamad International Training Centre (HITC) honoured over 50 representatives from media, healthcare and corporate executives for their contribution towards the success of its ...

 Sep 30 2014 - Power of social mediaArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) This is with reference to the article 'Shift in US public discourse on ME' (Sept. 29) by Jamal Doumani. It is very true that with the advent of social media things have started ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help