The Heritage Commission celebrated yesterday the World Heritage Day through an event held at the King Abdulaziz Historical Center, in the presence of vice Minister of Culture Hamid Mohammed Fayez, a number of executive heads of cultural commissions, employees of the Ministry of Culture, and figures interested in heritage.

The event included a photographic exhibition reflecting Saudi Arabia's rich heritage of antiquities and archaeological sites in various Saudi cities and regions, with an introductory overview of each region, and the role of the Heritage Commission in preserving and highlighting the national heritage, in addition to accompanying activities of craftsmen and craftswomen.

The celebration comes in the context of the Heritage Commission's keenness to keep pace with the global celebration of Heritage Day, for which the International Council on Monuments and Sites marked the 18th of April every year as a day to celebrate it, under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Heritage Center.

Through the celebration, the commission seeks to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the national heritage, and its role in recording rich historical monuments in local records and international organizations, and in preserving and protecting heritage in its various forms – tangible and intangible.