UAE’s architectural heritage introduced to visitors of Janadriyah Festival in Riyadh

Barajeel "wind towers" are seen at the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum complex in Dubai. (Shutterstock)
Updated 13 February 2018
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UAE’s architectural heritage introduced to visitors of Janadriyah Festival in Riyadh

RIYADH: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has introduced landmarks of its heritage and originality at its pavilion at the 32nd Janadriyah Festival, which have impressed visitors, the Saudi Press Agency said.

“Al-Barajeel” is the one of key architectural landmarks of UAE housing reflecting the old times. It is being displayed to visitors of the festival as it is considered a heritage icon constructed with items produced from the local environment to cope with the reality of life and its conditions.

Linguistically speaking, “Al-Barajeel” is defined as a wind path or air attractor. It is a long and rectangular-shaped tower that looks like an Italian bell tower. It has openings on all sides to catch air coming from all directions. The tower is connected to a room below and, thus, it works as a fan and furnishes the inhabitants of the house with cool air.

“Al-Barajeel” represents a distinctive architectural landmark for UAE residences which is clearly reflected in the old buildings that still exist in Dubai and Sharjah where the population manages to cope with the harsh weather and high temperatures.

“Al-Barajeel” embodies the UAE old building style in its shape and design, and has, at the same time, its distinguished features that makes it different from other buildings in the world. It reflects key and local architecture in the UAE, notably in buildings constructed in the pre-oil era. It is characterized by its architectural simplicity and uniqueness that reflect the arts and civilization of the UAE.


Efforts continue at Prophet's Mosque to serve worshippers during Ramadan

Updated 24 May 2018
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Efforts continue at Prophet's Mosque to serve worshippers during Ramadan

RIYADH: The General Directorate for the Affairs of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, or the Prophet's Mosque, is carrying on with plans during the month of Ramadan to serve visitors, the Saudi Press Agency has said.
The directorate has prepared the mosque to accommodate worshipers at the time of prayers, in addition to monitoring the Iftar meals offered at the mosque and its external courts.
It also said it has intensified its water services, cleaning efforts and air conditioning around the clock to provide worshipers with an atmosphere full of serenity and reverence.
SPA took pictures of the services offered at the mosque, beginning with guiding visitors and organizing their entry through the gates of the Prophet’s Mosque to the men and women sections. It also directs worshippers to the emptier courts to avoid crowding.
It also captured the preparations for setting the Iftar meals at the mosque, including the installing of water spray fans at the outside squares due to sustain high temperatures during summer, so that visitors pray with ease and comfort.