Masmak Fort, an important historical destination in Riyadh

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Updated 13 June 2020

Masmak Fort, an important historical destination in Riyadh

  • The fort is home to a museum that has become an important historical destination and focal point for state guests as well as foreign visitors and local residents

Masmak Fort, located in the center of Riyadh, was constructed in the 19th century. Covering an area of 4,500 square meters, the fort today hosts folk festivals and other activities.
The mosque adjacent to the fort was rebuilt to reflect traditional local architecture. Date palms shade the southern end of the fort, which features several passageways paved with limestone.
“Masmak” in Arabic means the high, fortified, thick and huge — important qualities for a fort that witnessed King Abdul Aziz’s major initiatives in consolidating the Kingdom.
The fort is home to a museum that has become an important historical destination and focal point for state guests as well as foreign visitors and local residents. The museum contains photographs, maps, models, display cabinets, old weapons, traditional and heritage objects, exhibition and audiovisual halls.
This photograph was taken by Hisham Shamma as part of the Colors of Saudi Arabia competition.


Drop in COVID-19 daily deaths as 30 die in Saudi Arabia

Updated 11 July 2020

Drop in COVID-19 daily deaths as 30 die in Saudi Arabia

  • Ten percent of all new cases were recorded in Riyadh
  • A total of 2,181 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded 30 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, the lowest daily rate in the Kingdom for a week.
The health ministry also confirmed 2,994 new confirmed cases of the disease.
Ten percent of all new cases were recorded in Riyadh with the capital reporting 285 cases. Hufof recorded 226 new cases, Jeddah 221, Dammam 211 and Taif 152.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 165,396 after 2,370 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 2,181 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.