Saudi Heritage Preservation Society, STC join hands to promote local culture
The society is credited with launching several projects emphasizing protecting and documenting archaeological sites and old buildings
Saudi youth dressed as old seaport police arrive at the heritage village during Gulf Coastal Cultural Festival at Dammam Corniche, Dammam, Saudi Arabia April 20, 2018.
REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
By Staff Writer, Arab News
JEDDAH: The Saudi Heritage Preservation Society and Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) on Monday signed a deal to support efforts for the preservation of the Saudi heritage.
Under the deal, STC will sponsor the society’s projects and activities as a strategic partner.
Olayan Mohammed Alwetaid, CEO of STC Group, and Abdulrahman Abdullah Al-Eida, general manager of the heritage society, signed the agreement.
Alwetaid said the Saudi Telecom Co. had been meaning for a long time to become a part of the ongoing efforts to promote local culture and preserve national heritage.
“Through our agreement with the Saudi Heritage Preservation Society, we are working to embody our strategy aimed at extending cooperation with national entities and institutions,” the STC chief said.
Alwetaid said his company wished to contribute to the sustainable development of various sectors in the Kingdom by providing technical solutions and digital services.
“We aim to forge a sustainable partnership with the Saudi Heritage Preservation Society based on enhancing cooperation opportunities in various fields that protect and promote our national heritage.”
Al-Eida said the agreement will give a boost to the heritage society’s role in the national efforts for the promotion of local heritage.
He said the partnership will enable the society to organize more events and projects. Al-Eida said the society will also receive technical support from the telecom company and benefit from its technical solutions.
“The society supports institutions, organizations and scientific and research centers concerned with heritage, as well as individual and collective projects for handicrafts, in addition to working with the competent authorities to preserve and develop them to become an economic asset.”
In 2019, the Saudi Heritage Preservation Society became the first Gulf organization to act as a global consultant with UNESCO.
In recent years the society had widened its role in preserving Saudi heritage, as well as raising awareness of its importance and national value.
The society is credited with launching several projects emphasizing protecting and documenting archaeological sites and old buildings.
Moreover, the projects involve initiatives toward sculptures and skills associated with traditional arts and crafts through launching awareness campaigns and seasonal competitions.
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