>> There may be no one here now, but Saudi Arabia hopes to put this ancient sea port back on the map. And make it most sea for tallest visiting the Kingdom. It's all part of plans being pushed by crowned Prince Mohamed bin Salman, who's trying to diversify the economy.
And turn the conservative country into a popular tourist destination. The Ottoman era
port once represented the kingdom's oldest, whilst in the Al-Ahsa region, recently announced this UNESCO world heritage site. It's also linked to an ancient city which defined the border of modern Saudi Arabia. The crown prince who has vowed to promote a more moderate form of Islam, has allocated $1 billion to preserving heritage sites like this.
Many of the cultural areas date back thousands of years. But this new attention could also risk a possible backlash from religious fundamentalists. The absolute monarchy hopes reviving such sites will bolster national identity, though, breathing new life into a once bustling harbor.