Saudi Arabia’s crown prince orders multi-million dollar restoration of historical buildings in Jeddah

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the restoration of 56 buildings of historic important in Jeddah. (SPA/File Photo)
Updated 16 May 2019

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince orders multi-million dollar restoration of historical buildings in Jeddah

  • The buildings have “rich architectural elements” and are an important part of Jeddah's historical heritage
  • The crown prince's support for the project comes from his wish to "preserve, revive, rehabilitate" the buildings

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the restoration of 56 buildings of historic important in Jeddah, the first stage of which will be worth SAR50 million ($13.3 million), Saudi Press Agency has reported.

The buildings have “rich architectural elements” and are an important part of Jeddah's historical heritage, the report said.

The crown prince's support comes from his desire to "preserve, revive, rehabilitate" and save sites of cultural value from any threats that may lead to their demise, as stipulated by UNESCO, in order to register Jeddah as a World Heritage site, in line with the Kingdom's Vision 2030.

Prince Mohammed's keen interest in the Kingdom's historic buildings, in addition to the emphasis that reflects King Salman's attention, is to ensure that they remain in excellent condition and continue to serve as a solid witnesses to Saudi Arabia'a cultural depth.

The crown prince's directives stated that the renovation project should be national, under the guidance of the Ministry of Culture, to establish teams to restore work among Saudi youth, under the supervision of technicians with experience in historical buildings.

This is to be implemented in accordance with the design of the distinctive architectural heritage of Historic Jeddah and its unique architectural elements, according to the statement.

Some of the buildings are houses more than 500-years-old, and archaeological monuments owned by Jeddah families.

The Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan stressed that the ministry is working hard to develop Saudi culture in all its material and moral dimensions. 

"Saudi Arabia's historical buildings will receive special attention from the Ministry of Culture to ensure that they remain in excellent condition and remain as solid proof of the cultural depth of the Kingdom," he said.


Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

The group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 19 February 2020

Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

  • Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25
  • The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together

RIYADH: The music scene in the Kingdom is exploding, with young, talented Saudis taking full advantage of the developments in the country by showcasing their talent.
 In a limited time, young Saudi musicians have proven that they are equal to any other young cohort of musicians anywhere in the world.
 One of those talents is a young band from Dhahran, Jwa. Currently performing locally in Riyadh, Jeddah and other cities in the Eastern Province, the group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons.
 The band, formed in 2018, is composed of Methgal Al-Shammari on drums, Mohammad Al-Nahas (bass and vocals), Arkan Al-Zahrani (guitar), Mansour Al-Gallaf (guitar) and Fawaz Baasem (keyboard).
They have had two local hit singles, “Ya Safina” and “Min Jadeed.” Methgal and Mohammad, the founders of Jwa, say that at first they “performed at numerous local events and parties” across the Kingdom. It did not take them long to become popular among Saudis.

FASTFACTS

• Jwa was formed in 2018.

• Since its launch it has two local hit singles.

• The band’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.

The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together.
However, they have faced many challenges in the last two years. Methgal and Mohammad said initially a “lack of support for independent bands” and “weakness of the nurturing music environment” within the country halted their progress.
However, due to the steps taken by the General Entertainment Authority, bands like Jwa have become able to make their voices and music heard. In the future, they are looking to go international, to “make their band known not only to different regions of Saudi Arabia but also abroad to gain more momentum and attraction.”
Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.