ThePlace: Bait Sharbatly, a special place in the hearts of Jeddawis built in 1910

ThePlace: Bait Sharbatly, a special place in the hearts of Jeddawis built in 1910
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Updated 26 December 2020

ThePlace: Bait Sharbatly, a special place in the hearts of Jeddawis built in 1910

ThePlace: Bait Sharbatly, a special place in the hearts of Jeddawis built in 1910

Considered one of the oldest homes in Historical Jeddah’s neighborhoods, Bait Sharbatly holds a special place in the hearts of Jeddawis as it has withstood the sands of time.
Built by Al-Sharif Abdulilah Mihanna Al-Abdaly in 1910, it was later bought by Sheikh Abdullah Sharbatly years later and has since been associated with the family name. 
Similar to Historical Jeddah’s homes, the whitewashed four-story building is known for its beautiful mashrabiyya with its wooden lattice balconies spanning all floors with windows and balconies decorated by the Hijazi-style rawshan wood designs.
It was once the headquarters of the Egyptian mission to the Kingdom for 20 years and where leading Egyptian entrepreneur and founder of Banque Masr, Talat Harb Pasha, stayed while visiting the port city of Jeddah. The building went through a number of restoration projects with the latest in 2009 after torrential rainfall and flooding and has since featured a number of art exhibits and cultural events.


Officials in Saudi Arabia hold meetings on Diriyah development for local community

Officials in Saudi Arabia hold meetings on Diriyah development for local community
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Officials in Saudi Arabia hold meetings on Diriyah development for local community

Officials in Saudi Arabia hold meetings on Diriyah development for local community
  • A range of economic, heritage, and cultural schemes aim to transform the “Kingdom’s Jewel” into a global tourist destination and regional gathering place

RIYADH: Officials behind a major Saudi urban development have been holding progress meetings with members of the local community.
The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) staged the information briefings over two days in an effort to bring local people up to date with the latest projects and activities. A range of economic, heritage, and cultural schemes aim to transform the “Kingdom’s Jewel” into a global tourist destination and regional gathering place.
The meetings, which concluded on Thursday, highlighted development, infrastructure, and design projects that respect original Najdi architectural standards, as well as heritage and environmental sites in historic Diriyah.

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The Diriyah Gate Development Authority staged the information briefings over two days in an effort to bring local people up to date with the latest projects.

Specialists pointed out the development’s objectives designed to raise quality of living standards for residents of the region while preserving its historical identity and they also hailed the authority’s efforts to preserve the natural environmental features of the city.
An introductory tour of the DGDA’s headquarters was organized for attendees following each meeting during which a full explanation was given on the various projects by reviewing the master plan for development activities and officials also fielded questions from residents about the development.
The DGDA launched the urban code more than two months ago to raise the quality of architectural designs, urban planning regulations, building organization, and land use.
The authority also aims to create a distinctive and sustainable environment to serve Diriyah’s community, meet local aspirations, and enhance its historical importance.