Quotes: 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
 Aug 1 2015 - Qatar- S&P affirms DIC ratings at 'A'The Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Standard & Poor's Ratings Services yesterday affirmed its 'A' insurer financial strength and counterparty credit ratings on Qatar-based Doha Insurance Co. QSC (DIC). The ...

 Aug 1 2015 - Yemen shelling kills 4 on Saudi borderThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Rocket fire from war-wracked Yemen on Friday killed threeSaudi soldiers and a member of a paramilitary force, in the deadliest border incident for several weeks, the interior ...

 Aug 1 2015 - Al-Qaeda in Syria attacks US rebel baseThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate launched a fierce assault on the headquarters of a US-trained rebel group Friday, while claiming responsibility for capturing members of the ...

 Aug 1 2015 - 4 killed as Saudi private jet crashesThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Pilot and three passengers are killed after Saudi private jet crashes into a car dealership near Hampshire airport after overshooting the runway as it tried to land.The small ...

 Aug 1 2015 - Palestinian baby dies in home attackThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Suspected Jewish settlers torched a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank yesterday, killing an 18-month-old boy and seriously injuring his parents and elder brother, an ...

 Aug 1 2015 - Houthis lose ground in Yemen's southThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Southern Yemeni fighters backed by a Saudi-led air coalition seized more territory from Houthi militiamen near Aden yesterday, while three Saudi soldiers were killed when the ...

 Aug 1 2015 - Kurdish attack kills two Turkish copsThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Two more Turkish police were killed yesterday in an attack blamed on Kurdish militants as tensions in the country boiled over amid the military's cross-border bombing ...

 Aug 1 2015 - Born during war, babies in Yemen hospital suffer from malnutritionThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Born just before the outbreak of Yemen's devastating war, Ali Mohammed Al Tawaari may well not survive it. Damaged by a lack of skilled medical care at a critical moment in ...

 Aug 1 2015 - UN, US condemn arson attack that killed babyThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The United States and United Nations yesterday condemned the killing of an 18-month-old baby in an arson attack by suspected Jewish settlers in the Israeli-occupied West ...

 Aug 1 2015 - Bahrain protestThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Protesters hold placards with photos of opposition leader and head of Al Wefaq party Ali Salman during a protest after Friday prayers in the village of Diraz, west of Manama, ...

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

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

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
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


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


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help