On behalf of His Excellency, the Rector of King Khalid University, the University Vice-President for Educational and Academic Affairs, Dr. Saad Bin Dajjam, sponsored the opening ceremony of the symposium "The Monuments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia." The symposium was organized by the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Center for Environmental and Tourism Research and Studies, in cooperation with the General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage in the Aseer Region. It took place in the University City of Abha.
Prior to the opening ceremony, Dr. Dajjam was briefed on the exhibition accompanying the symposium, through which many archaeological sites and museums in the Asir region were presented. The exhibition also included a brief description of the most important archaeological activities in the region.
At the beginning of the opening ceremony, an introductory video presentation about the Aseer region and its monuments was presented. The presentation discussed the importance of National Heritage Locations and its connection towards realizing Vision 2030, and the roles played by the General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage to preserve the Kingdom's monuments, in addition to the role of the Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Center for Environmental and Tourism Research and Studies of King Khalid University in preserving the monuments of the region and the research and studies provided by it.
With this in mind, the Director of the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Center for Research and Environmental Studies and Tourism at the University, Professor Hussein Al-Wadai, related in his speech that the center supervises holding this symposium and its accompanying exhibition in conjunction with the "First Convention of Antiquities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," which is being held under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. He added that the establishment of this convention is a key indicator illustrating the Kingdom's interest in preserving Islamic monuments and cultural heritage, which strengthens the establishment of such archaeological events to identify the importance, restoration, and preservation.
Correspondingly, the University's Vice-President for Academic and Educational Affairs, the patron of the ceremony, said that the organization of this symposium is part of the university's tireless efforts to serve the community in support of the success of the Kingdom's First Antiques Convention in Riyadh. He also thanked the General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage in the Aseer Region for their efforts and cooperation with the university in all that would promote the regional tourism and heritage.
The symposium included four scientific papers presented by a number of specialists at the University, discussing the diversity and richness of the drawings and rock inscriptions in the Kingdom, as well as Wadi Aya in the Aseer region as an archeological and heritage site, in addition to the importance of archaeological discovery to identify the monuments in the region and what is that state of tourism in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.