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The Saudi tourism and the “People of the Groove”

Students of the neighbourhood club in Najran education visited the archaeological site of Okhdood, one of the richest archaeological sites in the Arabian Peninsula nowadays because of its writings and inscriptions on stones that date to more than 1750 years. The place is expected to be a prominent tourist destination.

Saudi Arabia began revealing its archaeological treasures to the world after the slogan Saudi Arabia opens its doors to the world, which coincided with the announcement of an electronic tourist visa, launched by the authority General Tourism last week. In the first phase of the new visa system, citizens of 49 countries will be able to obtain an electronic tourist visa through the electronic platform or apply for the visa through the passport offices upon their arrival.

The country expects large groups of tourists, especially in the southern area, which is an integral part of the ancient history of the Arabian Peninsula. It includes the Najran region, the historic city of Okhdood, and the “digat”, which dates back to the era of the Kingdom of Himyar (110 BC to 525 AD).

The city mentioned in the story of “ the People of the Groove” in the Noble Qur’an is located on the banks of the Wadi Najran. It was famous for a historic massacre committed by Dhu Nawas, the king of Himyar, in the year 520, against the residents of the region. Its buildings and ruins are painted with wonderful artistic drawings, as well as rhombic, Sabaean, and Kufic inscriptions.

The General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage has assigned qualified employees from the authority’s branch in the region to provide a full and detailed explanation to visitors, given the steady increase in their numbers, especially on holidays.

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