Darah releases photos of Saudi solidarity with Palestinians

Updated 18 December 2017

Darah releases photos of Saudi solidarity with Palestinians

RIYADH: The King Abdul Aziz Research and Archive Center (Darah) on Saturday began to release a group of historic photos of the Saudi position on the Palestinian cause on its Twitter account.

The photos reflect different historic stances of the Kingdom during the past decades starting from the era of the founder late King Abdul Aziz down to the era of King Salman.

Tweets from diverse cultural and scientific backgrounds from inside and outside the Kingdom will be accessible to find historic and documented data through historic photos, official documents and videos in this regard from the film “Al-Shahama Appeal … the Saudi Army in Palestine 1367H (1948),” which was produced by Darah.

Among the rare photos to be released by Darah, published by Um Al-Qura on 6/8/1367, is a photo of late King Abdul Aziz as he inspects Saudi battalions (fighters) for saving Palestine, in the presence of his Crown Prince Saud bin Abdul Aziz.

Another photo, published in Um Al-Qura on Shawwal 22, 1367H, shows Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mansour bin Abdul Aziz addressing the Saudi regular jihad group in Palestine, the list of Saudi martyrs in the 1948 Palestine war and a photo of a letter from the General Command of the Palestine Forces condoling nine Saudi martyrs in Al-Mazrah Battle on 16/2/1948.

$800bn plan to turn Riyadh into cultural hub for the Middle East

Updated 06 July 2020

$800bn plan to turn Riyadh into cultural hub for the Middle East

  • Saudi capital’s planning chief unveils ambitious strategy ahead of G20 urban development summit

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia is launching a SR3 trillion ($800 billion) plan to double the size of Riyadh in the next decade and transform it into an economic, social and cultural hub for the region.

The ambitious strategy for the capital city was unveiled by Fahd Al-Rasheed, president of the Royal Commission for the City of Riyadh, ahead of key meetings of the U20, the arm of the G20 leaders’ summit that deals with urban development and strategy.

“Riyadh is already a very important economic engine for the Kingdom, and although it’s already very successful, the plan now, under Vision 2030, is to actually take that way further, to double the population to 15 million people,” he told Arab News.

“We’ve already launched 18 megaprojects in the city, worth over SR1 trillion, over $250 billion, to both improve livability and deliver much higher economic growth so we can create jobs and double the population in 10 years. It’s a significant plan and the whole city is working to make sure this happens.”

About $250 billion in investment is expected from the private sector, with the same amount generated by increased economic activity from population growth, finance and banking, cultural and desert tourism, and leisure events.


  • 18 megaprojects have already been launched worth over $250 billion.
  • 7 million trees planted in Riyadh in the next few years.
  • King Salman Park will be bigger than Hyde Park in London.

“We must also ensure the growth is managed properly, so there will be a focus on transport and logistics, including the Riyadh metro which will open at the beginning of next year. The aim is to increase productivity,” Al-Rasheed said.

The plan involves the creation of a “mega industrial zone” focusing on advanced technology such as renewables and automation, and biotechnology and aquaponics. Another key feature is sustainability, with energy conservation, the circular carbon economy with its emphasis on reducing emissions, and water management, all priorities.

“You will see 7 million trees planted in Riyadh in the next few years, and King Salman Park will be bigger than Hyde Park in London,” Al-Rasheed said.

The city also aims to be a Middle East artistic and cultural hub. An opera house is being considered, as well as public art shows with 1,000 works commissioned from around the world. “We have not seen anything like it since Renaissance Florence,” Al-Rasheed said.

The plans will be discussed this week during online meetings of the U20 linking Riyadh with Houston. The Texas oil capital is suffering a new spike in coronavirus cases and pandemics will be on the agenda. “We want to deal with this one, but also be ready for the next one,” Al-Rasheed said.