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Saudi antiquities site, long seen as haunted, tries to woo visitors

AL ULA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – In a remote northern corner of Saudi Arabia sit the relics of an ancient civilization, which the kingdom hopes to turn into a global tourism destination as it tries to open up to the world and diversify its economy away from oil. Rock shaped like an elephant is seen in the city al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser Backed by billions of dollars in state-led investment and a French cultural partnership, the authorities expect al-Ula and its majestic rock-hewn tombs of…

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Egypt celebrates antiquities museum before new institution takes the limelight

CAIRO (Reuters) – Bright lights illuminated the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Monday during a celebration that could mark the last time the two-storey museum is feted as one of Egypt’s main tourist attractions.     Located in one of Egypt’s most famous squares, the museum has been the country’s principal keeper of antiquities for over a century, but a bigger museum is under construction.     Officials celebrated the 116th anniversary of its founding and insisted it will not become obsolete once the Grand Egyptian Museum opens its doors. Antiquities…

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Under the sea: antiquities make way for Israel’s Leviathan pipeline

DOR BEACH, Israel (Reuters) – Underwater archaeologists have been scouring the seabed where a gas pipeline is being built off Israel’s coast in a bid to preserve relics near a 5,000-year-old port which once was a key trade hub for the Mediterranean’s ancient civilizations. The pipeline from the deep-sea Leviathan gas field that is due to begin production late next year comes ashore near Dor Beach in northern Israel, a popular spot among Israeli sunbathers. It is also the site of the ancient port of Dor, where hidden in the…

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