Addressing the ceremony, Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jeddah, welcomed the attendees on this occasion to celebrate the great achievement represented by the official adoption of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) of Historical Jeddah among the world heritage sites.
He considered this remarkable success as the result of great efforts including unlimited support from the leader of the blessed march, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and Deputy Crown Prince, and the incessant sincere work of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities; Jeddah Municipality; and owners and citizens who have worked in an integrated system culminated in this achievement cherished by every citizen in the Kingdom.
The Prince expressed his happiness on the presence of Historical Jeddah among the World Heritage Sites, congratulating all on this remarkable achievement.
For his part, Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Makkah region said that this great achievement of recording Historical Jeddah on the World Heritage List is due to the support and patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and Deputy Crown Prince for the efforts to preserve the historical heritage of Jeddah, pay attention and development it to become a cultural tourist landmark attraction for next generations.
He noted that recording historical Jeddah on the World Heritage List will enhance its tourism status on the world tourism map and attract tourists from around the world to be acquainted with its beautiful heritage.
In his speech, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities said that the registration of historical Jeddah on the World Heritage List did not come from a vacuum, but it was the result of the great efforts led and supported by the State until the achievement of this desired goal.
He said, "The support of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, his patronage of cultural heritage and the launch of a national project named after him, have contributed to taking care of this great national heritage and making access of it to its natural place in the hearts of citizens and the world.
The Prince pointed out that the project of historical Jeddah is not developmental or economical only, but it is also a cultural composition, saying "This city is the gateway to the holiest site and it is natural to enjoy this important status, not only in the minds of those interested in heritage, but also for all Muslims as a gateway to the Two Holy Mosques."
He indicated that the file of historical Jeddah included 21 pioneering national heritage sites, which took about 5 years of study with the relevant authorities.
For his part, the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohiuddin Khoja said that this beautiful historical heritage of Jeddah being witnessed by all the nations of the world is due to the efforts of successive Jeddah Governors and the Leadership that have contributed and helped all matters to make this country as the great homeland.
He expressed his thanks and appreciation to all those who contributed to this idea of historical Jeddah as it deserves to be a gateway to Makkah, the holiest place on the earth.
Speeches were also delivered on this occasion by Kingdom's Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Dr. Ziad Al-Drees, and Mayor of Jeddah Dr. Hani bin Mohammed Abu Ras.
12:31 LOCAL TIME 09:31 GMT
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