The weeklong international geology workshop that concluded today in Jeddah confirmed that Saudi Arabia has large deposits of gold. The workshop, sponsored in part by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has been studying the latest methods for surveying deposits of both precious and base metals. The first such event in the Kingdom, it has attracted scientists from Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Yemen, Syria and Qatar, as well as experts from the United States, Canada, France and Germany. Included in the program were field trips to the Kingdom's gold and mineral deposits at Mahd Al-Dahab, Jebel Said, and Al-Sukhaybarat.
Ms. Kathleen Johnson of the workshop's co-sponsor, the International Union of Geological Surveyors, said the purpose of the workshop was to bring the relevant technology to the attention of countries in the region with mineral potential, citing tools such as remote sensors and satellite mapping.