Wednesday, 24 October 2007
By Adel Al-Malki
JEDDAH - Finnish President Tarja Halonen and her delegation visited the historical downtown area of Jeddah on Monday, including the Naseef House and the old markets.
Sami Nawar, Director of Tourism and Culture Department, said that President Halonen was welcomed with traditional dances.
Inside the Naseef House, Halonen watched the documentary that tells the story of Jeddah from 500 years back. She was later given a detailed explanation of the materials and methods used in building the houses, monuments and other establishments in the area, and the important role Jeddah plays as gateway to the Two Holy Mosques.
Before leaving the area, President Halonen bought dresses from the traditional markets.
Nawar said the President was impressed with downtown Jeddah that has remained a witness to an important past era of Saudi Arabia.