Dumat Al-Jandal presents rich heritage of Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jouf region

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Al-Jouf Gov. Prince Faisal bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz examined the research and excavation work in Dumat Al-Jandal. (SPA)
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Updated 07 October 2019

Dumat Al-Jandal presents rich heritage of Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jouf region

  • Al-Jouf is famous for its historical location and it boasts many archaeological sites

DUMAT AL-JANDAL: Dumat Al-Jandal is a city of ruins in northwest Saudi Arabia. With ancient boundary walls, a beautiful oasis and the partly rebuilt Marid Castle, the city is considered a precious relic of the past.
The historical value and unique architectural style of the castle attract tourists and historians who want to learn about this important site. It is built on a rocky plateau hundreds of meters above sea level in the southern part of Dumat Al-Jandal. It overlooks the city and its grounds tower above the old town’s buildings.
Al-Jouf Gov. Prince Faisal bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz examined on Sunday the research and excavation work carried out by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) in the vicinity of the archaeological area of Dumat Al-Jandal governorate, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

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Al-Jouf is famous for its historical location and it boasts many archaeological sites. The SCTH is working on repairing these sites and making them open to visitors.

Prince Faisal was received by Dumat Al-Jandal Gov. Dr. Talal bin Mashal Al-Tamiat; the director general of the SCTH’s branch in Al-Jouf, Yasser bin Ibrahim Al-Ali; and the exploration team consisting of Saudi and Italian experts who briefed him on the exploration work in Al-Jouf area and highlights of the results achieved.
Prince Faisal praised the work carried out by the SCTH serving the heritage and preserving the region’s history dating back thousands of years. He also thanked the members of the team, wishing them success.
Among the city’s other attractions is the Omar bin Khattab Mosque, which was built in 634-635 BC when the area was part of a major trade route.
Excavations carried out in the city in 1976 revealed Nabataean and Roman pottery dating back to the first and second centuries BC.
Al-Jouf is famous for its historical location and it boasts many archaeological sites. The SCTH is working on repairing these sites and opening them to visitors.


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.