Masmak: Majestic fort in Riyadh opens a door on Saudi Arabia’s past

The museum will be open from 4 p.m. until midnight. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 05 June 2019

Masmak: Majestic fort in Riyadh opens a door on Saudi Arabia’s past

  • ‘Masmak’ in Arabic means high, fortified, thick and huge — important qualities for a fort that witnessed King Abdul Aziz’s initiatives in consolidating Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: One of Saudi Arabia’s most important historical sites, Masmak Fort in Riyadh, will open its doors to visitors during Eid Al-Fitr.

The fort became a focal point in the history of the Arabian peninsula when it was stormed by the Kingdom’s founder, King Abdul Aziz bin Saud, in 1902.

Now the magnificent citadel is home to a museum that has become an important historical destination.

“Masmak” in Arabic means high, fortified, thick and huge — important qualities for a fort that witnessed King Abdul Aziz’s initiatives in consolidating the Kingdom. 

Nasser Al-Arifi, the museum’s director, invited residents to visit “this important milestone in the history of Saudi Arabia, depicting the struggles and efforts exerted by King Abdul Aziz to unite this great entity.”

The museum contains photographs, maps, models, display cabinets, old weapons, heritage objects, and exhibition and audiovisual halls. It will be open from 4 p.m. until midnight during Eid Al-Fitr, with a wide range of programs, events and activities aimed at visitors.

Masmak Fort is a tourist favorite and a must-visit destination in the Saudi capital. Many of the Kingdom’s most important historical artifacts are found here.

The fort has become virtually an official symbol of the rise of the Saudi nation, capturing the feel of old Arabia and the struggle that led to the modern Saudi state.

Visitors can find traditional dresses and crafts, a diwan with an open courtyard, functioning well, and a mosque as well as several other attractions.

 

 


Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula hosts Ecotrail running race for first time

Updated 28 January 2020

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula hosts Ecotrail running race for first time

RIYADH: Runners will get a chance to explore Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula site as part of the Ecotrail running race to be held for the first time at the city. 

The event will be held on Feb. 8 as part of the Winter in Tantora Festival. 

The run will take place at the at the UNESCO World Heritage Site regarded as the Kingdom’s archeological treasure. 

The runners will compete in 83km,45km and 10km distances through the city’s majestic sandstone mountains and canyons. 

Meanwhile, explorers can enjoy a 10km hike that will take them through the tombs, historic sites and monuments representing tens of thousands of years of human history.

EcoTrail was founded in Paris in 2008 to promote and organize eco friendly trail running races while highlighting local heritage.