Saudi Arabia’s ancient human ‘mustatil’ structures revealed in new study

JEDDAH: More than 1,000 prehistoric stone structures have been revealed as part of an archaeological discovery in northwestern Saudi Arabia.The structures are believed to be among the earliest stone monuments constructed by humans in the world.Based on findings published by Cambridge University Press on April 30, experts revealed that the neolithic…

First Saudi to work in Maldives hospitality sector brings home her expertise

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 reform plan celebrates its fifth anniversary, citizens nationwide are looking at the many ways the ambitious plan has affected their day-to-day lives.The overarching goal of the plan, to move the Kingdom away from an oil-based economy, has had the entire nation looking toward new industries and re-evaluating…

Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah celebrates International Day for Monuments and Sites 

JEDDAH: In celebration of UNESCO’s International Day for Monuments and Sites on April 18, Arab News highlights one of the Kingdom’s oldest and most cherished sites: Diriyah, capital of the first Saudi state and birthplace of the ruling family.The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) is racing to finalize its plans to make the site the “Jewel…

MSC Cruises to offer Saudi sailings this winter

Cruise Saudi has signed a deal with MSC Cruises which will see the launch of Red Sea cruises this winter.Fawaz Farooqui, managing director of Cruise Saudi, and Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises, signed a framework agreement in the Saudi capital city Riyadh to mark the beginning of the new partnership.Cruise Saudi is a 100 per cent…

Why AlUla could be Saudi Arabia’s biggest draw for tourists

merge from your tent into an Arabian dawn and you may feel you are still dreaming.Look up to a clear sky that ripples from deep blue overhead to sapphire sharp at the horizon. Hollywood-perfect mountains encircle the camp, with corrugations that reflect a dazzle of red and gold from a young sun.The dramatic desert landscape is bathed by a gentle breeze,…

Marriott signs with Al Saedan for three Saudi properties

Marriott International has signed an agreement with Al Saedan Group to open three hotels across Saudi Arabia. The multi-project agreement includes the country and territory’s first Renaissance Hotel, the world’s largest Aloft Hotel and a Courtyard by Marriott in the Holy City of Makkah. All three properties are projected to open by 2025.“We…

Entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia’s tourism sector get new boost

JEDDAH: As part of Saudi Arabia’s bold strategy to use tourism as an engine for economic change and boost growth an initiative has been launched to raise the profile of private enterprises in the sector.The Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) set up Tourism Shapers to promote the development of local trade partners in the private tourism sector. The…

Picture perfect: Saudi Arabia’s ancient beauty finds a new audience

JEDDAH: A new generation of Saudi photographers is relying on the power of social media to showcase the Kingdom’s vast beauty.Online platforms have become a melting pot of images taken by photographers who travel the country — from the sandy beaches of the east and west, to the mountains of the north and south, and the green oases of the deserts…

Al Faisaliah Hotel joins Mandarin Oriental in Riyadh

From today, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is managing the renowned Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with reservations now available through the website.The property is currently undergoing an extensive guestroom and public area renovation scheduled for completion in late 2021, after which it will be rebranded as Mandarin Oriental Al Faisaliah,…

Experts to resume excavation work on Saudi archaeological sites

RIYADH: The Saudi Heritage Authority is preparing to resume survey and archaeological excavations in the Kingdom after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak forced projects to be suspended for almost a year.The projects will be carried out in partnership with international missions from universities and specialized international research centers.Teams…

Haql, the perfect beach getaway at northern end of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coastline

JEDDAH: With more than 1,000 miles of Red Sea coastline, one of Saudi Arabia’s northern-most towns has the potential to be a diving hotspot for residents of the Kingdom and beyond. Haql, a city at the northern end of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coastline, offers many natural destinations, from tumbling cliffs and clear waters brimming with a thriving

A New Era In Architecture Jean Nouvel Unveiled Masterpiece Resort In AlUla

In 2018, France and Saudi Arabia signed a cultural partnership agreement and created the French Agency for the Development of AlUla (Afalula).  AlUla is a spectacular natural and archaeological region. This unknown site inhabited for millennia is located 1100km from Riyadh in the North West of Saudi Arabia. The region has enjoyed prosperity

Qatar Airways returns to Riyadh after blockade lifted

Services have been suspended since June 2017, when Saudi Arabia launched an economic blockade against Qatar in response to what it perceived to be political transgressions. …

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