Multimillion-riyal Qassim Museum to showcase rich Saudi heritage

Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), inspected the progress of work on several key projects in Buraidah on Thursday. (AN photo)
Updated 02 December 2017
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Multimillion-riyal Qassim Museum to showcase rich Saudi heritage

BURAIDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), laid the foundation for the Qassim Museum in Buraidah on Thursday.
The total cost of the 10,000-square-meter project, part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Program, is SR67 million ($17. 9 million).
Prince Faisal bin Mishaal bin Saud, governor of Al-Qassim region, attended the foundation ceremony.
Prince Sultan bin Salman also visited the new SCTH branch in Buraidah, accompanied by the deputy governor of Al-Qassim region, Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Faisal bin Turki, as well as Prince Sultan bin Faisal bin Mishaal bin Saud and Maj. Gen. Badr Al-Talib, director of the district police. 
Abdul Mohsin Abanmi, director general of projects and architectural affairs at the SCTH, said the museum would benefit from being located in the heart of a vibrant area filled with parks and sports grounds in Buraidah.
“The museum will include several halls, including one that is dedicated to the region’s ecosystem, one for the pre-Islamic period, one for the Islamic period, one for modern history, and one for Saudi life,” he said.
The museum’s design was inspired by the region’s historical urban architecture, he said.
“The architect is keen to emphasize the architectural heritage of Al-Qassim through the museum’s façade and interior, in addition to using local materials for the finishes.”
The SCTH chief inspected the commission’s new branch, which is being built on 5,000 square meters of land near King Fahad Road in Buraidah at a cost of SR18 million. 
Prince Sultan bin Salman said the tourism projects reflected the large number of visitors who were interested in Saudi Arabia’s historical heritage, and hoped these museums would spread across the Kingdom.


Family Zone proves a big hit at Ad Diriyah E Prix

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Family Zone proves a big hit at Ad Diriyah E Prix

  • On offer were physically challenging activities such as a zipline, a net climbing wall, and a horse corral for the younger kids
  • At the heart of the park was an area dedicated to local artists and vendors, with everything from traditional foods to handmade soaps to artwork and clothing on display

RIYADH: The festivities at the Ad Diriyah E Prix event continued with the Family Zone, located at a park inside historical Ad Diriyah. Activities were many and varied, with both adults and children partaking in and enjoying the variety of activities on offer.

On offer were physically challenging activities such as a zipline, a net climbing wall, and a horse corral for the younger kids. In the middle of the park was a maze, and a VR biking station where you could race your friends on a digital track.

Costumed performers also entertained guests by posing with them for selfies, dressed in fantasy costumes bedecked with lights. There was also a photobooth where guests could take commemorative photos with event-related props.

At the heart of the park was an area dedicated to local artists and vendors, with everything from traditional foods to handmade soaps to artwork and clothing on display. There were also challenge games where prizes could be won, and a craft area where you could create your own Formula E inspired artworks.

Further on, in the Al Bujairi section, were a photography exhibit, an art exhibit, and live musical acts. The area was adorned with oversized racecar driver helmets, painted by local artists.