Murabba Palace: The historical divan of King Abdul Aziz

Updated 25 September 2012
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Murabba Palace: The historical divan of King Abdul Aziz

The Murabba Palace played a significant role in the early history of the Kingdom as the Founder, King Abdul Aziz had the palace as his divan. The palace was the hub of all administrative decisions besides the Al-Hukum Palace. King Abdul Aziz used to receive kings and heads of state who visited him and make historical agreements at the Murabba palace.
The palace was built in 1936 when the king ordered construction of a new building complex. The old Riyadh city had become too crowded to accommodate any more buildings and the city walls had only five gates. The new palaces were built outside the city in a single compound.
These buildings were called the Murabba Complex and one of these palaces housed the king’s administrative headquarters. It was Prince Muhammad bin Abdul Rahman who first built a palace outside the city and it was named Atiqah Palace followed by Prince Saud Al-Kabeer with the construction of Al-Shamsiah Palace. Another palace built in the same period was Al-Badiah Palace as a guesthouse for visiting dignitaries.
The palace complex was built on a plot called ‘Murabba Al-Sufyan,’ which was used for farming during rainy season, according to the documents at the King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah).
The location is only two kilometers from the old city and was surrounded by gardens in the south, the Batha valley in the east, and Wadi Abu Rafie in the west and small hills on the north. Built in the Arab architectural style, the two-story palace has 32 rooms. The materials used in the construction of the palace included bricks, indigenous stones, tamarisk trunk and palm-leaf stalks.
The king’s audience hall, offices of administrative affairs, communications and guest chambers were on the upper floor while the ground floor had the offices for palace utilities, security and administration.
The major decisions taken in the palace included the setting up of a separate Ministry of Defense, launch of the Saudi Broadcasting and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, and the issuing of an independent Saudi currency.
This was also the palace where King Abdul Aziz received kings and heads of various state, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.


‘Get ready,’ Dammam: Pitbull promises fans that he’ll see them in Saudi Arabia on Friday

Updated 22 March 2019
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‘Get ready,’ Dammam: Pitbull promises fans that he’ll see them in Saudi Arabia on Friday

  • The rapper was delayed temporarily in Iceland
  • Pitbull’s concert has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon

DAMMAM: American superstar rapper Pitbull apologized to Saudi fans for his rescheduled performance at Asharqiah Music Festival on Thursday with a video message on Friday morning, promising them that he would make it up to them on Friday afternoon.

The rapper was delayed temporarily in Iceland, causing him to miss his previously scheduled concert on Thursday night as part of the Sharqiah Season music festival.

In a video posted on Twitter, Pitbull held a hand over his heart as he explained the situation to fans. “I just wanna say, first of all, we apologize to Saudi Arabia. We got in a little jam here in Iceland, but Saudi Arabia, get ready, 'cause we’re coming to perform today at 4 p.m., special performance at Dammam. So make sure you keep your tickets, and get ready to have a great time. With that said once again, we appreciate the love. See y’all soon!”

In his stead, DJ Tiesto performed at the concert on Thursday night, followed by the scheduled performance by Canadian DJ Deadmau5. The performance, which ended at nearly 1 a.m., saw flocks of fans congregate at Dammam’s Life Park to enjoy the music.

Pitbull’s concert has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon instead, which will then be followed by the regularly scheduled performances of American rapper Akon, Moroccan-American rapper French Montana and Egyptian singer Amr Diab.

The festival also features food trucks, an entertainment area and  merchandise stalls.

The Asharqiah Music Festival is one of 83 events planned throughout the Eastern Province for the Sharqiah Season, which runs from March 14 to 30.