Saudi tourism body to award museum, heritage contracts worth SR1.2 billion

Actors perform during a show at the Heritage village of Thee Ain in Al Baha last month. (SPA)
Updated 03 December 2017

Saudi tourism body to award museum, heritage contracts worth SR1.2 billion

RIYADH: Nine museum and heritage projects will be awarded across the Kingdom at costs totaling more than SR433 million ($155 million), the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has announced.
The SCTH said another five projects will also be awarded within the SCTH cultural heritage projects whose costs are more than SR1.4 billion.
SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman has patronized the signing of the contracts with a number of national companies.
The new projects included the establishment of new museums, development of existing ones, expansion of the National Museum, maintenance, fencing and posting of awareness notices in the archaeological and heritage sites in addition to other projects to rehabilitate a number of archaeological sites across the Kingdom.
The new projects come as part of King Salman’s program for cultural heritage in the Kingdom. There are now 230 projects covering heritage with its various components such as antiquities, museums, sites of Islamic history, urban heritage, and handicrafts, plus other components of the Kingdom’s heritage.
The new projects also included the design of museum exhibitions; executive plans for the rehabilitation of Al-Saqqaf Palace in Makkah region; expansion and development of the National Museum (first phase); design and preparation of the executive plans of the SCTH regional museums in Dammam, Tabuk, Baha, Hail, Jouf, Najran and Asir; museum projects in Al-Qasim, Arar, Tima and Ahsa, and the railway museum in Madinah; the rehabilitation project of Khuzam Palace and other historic and heritage buildings in Ahsa; and the rehabilitation of ten heritage buildings in Yanbu (first phase).
On the other hand, the maintenance, fencing and posting notices projects covered 300 sites across the Kingdom and the signing of operation and engineering contracts for museums and archaeological sites more than 130 locations in all parts of the Kingdom.
The projects also included the rehabilitation of the archaeological sites in Al-Jouf Region, including five sites in Skaka Province and another two in Domat-Al-Jandal Province.

 

Desalination tunnel project completed in Saudi Arabia’s Taif

Updated 18 September 2020

Desalination tunnel project completed in Saudi Arabia’s Taif

  • The project, carried out by the Kingdom’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), took 19 months to complete

LONDON: Work on the longest desalinated water pipeline tunnel system in the world has been completed, project coordinators in Saudi Arabia announced on Friday.

The tunnel, which measures 12.5 kilometers long at a width of 8.4 meters, will pump desalinated water to reservoirs in Taif to meet the demand for water in the governorate and in its villages in the southern Al-Baha region.

The project, carried out by the Kingdom’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), took 19 months to complete — starting with excavation work at Al-Hada mountains — and has shortened the distance of water reaching Taif by more than 40km.

Makkah region officials tweeted about the completion of the project, which was completed ahead of schedule.

SWCC said it was ready to receive water in its storage units in Taif and estimate that desalinated water will begin reaching Al-Baha region in the third quarter of 2021.