Saudi Legacy: Silent Thamud Inscription Reveals Hale’s Ancient Cultural Heritage
Makkah: Nearly every street and alley in Hale is adorned with ancient Samud inscriptions and paintings, a testament to the area’s ancient cultural heritage and attracting more and more tourists to the area.
This cultural and diverse production of the Samud language is present in all services and products provided by various government departments.
saud al aliGeneral Director of Media and Corporate Communications for Hale Municipality
The city in the northern part of the country is home to thousands of Samud inscriptions dating from the 8th century BC to the 3rd century AD, highlighting in detail the social life of various communities. According to UNESCO, this is the richest and most diverse rock art found in Saudi Arabia.
Saud Al-Ali, head of media and corporate communications for Hale municipality, told Arab News that the drawings and inscriptions were incorporated into public spaces. “This cultural and diverse production of the Thamud language is present in all services and products provided by various government departments,” he said.
Hale artists use tamdic to decorate the city’s landmarks, such as gates, regional airports, and King Fahd Road.
“Several inscriptions can be found in different locations, enriching this constantly renewed cultural diversity of a city deeply rooted in history,” he said. “Hale citizens and visitors were truly impressed by these inscriptions that connect the present with the past.”
Al-Ali said these works of art have strengthened the city’s status as a tourist destination and have recently been noted for use as part of the route of the Dakar International Rally.
According to Al-Ali, the late artist Youssef Al-Shugdali oversaw many works of art in the city and used some of these inscriptions to create huge murals, highlighting the area and its surroundings. It reflects his love for “welcoming spirit and hospitality”.
Al-Ali said there are many Thamudic inscriptions on Umm Sinman mountain in Hail. “These murals are more expressive than silent,” he said. He has inspired young people to learn the language, he added.
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