Turkey cooperates with KSA to turn back Saudis heading for Syria

Yunus Demirer. (Courtesy photo)
Updated 26 June 2016

Turkey cooperates with KSA to turn back Saudis heading for Syria

RIYADH: Turkish Ambassador to the Kingdom Yunus Demirer said there is coordination in place between his country and Saudi Arabia to turn back Saudis who head for the war zones in Syria, noting that recently a number of people of different nationalities were arrested while trying to infiltrate conflict zones to join the Daesh terrorist group.
The ambassador said the Turkish government is exerting extensive efforts to peacefully return these Saudis and hand them over to the Kingdom without any insult or disrespectful action, a local publication reported.
“Saudi Arabia and Turkey both strongly realize that what is happening in Syria is affecting both countries and every single Saudi living in these areas must be brought back and prevented from joining these terrorist groups again,” said the ambassador.
He said the Saudi and Turkish policies on the Syrian issue are identical as the intentions of the two countries involve bringing peace back to the Arab and Islamic world.
“We stand alongside Saudi Arabia with the refugees because of their difficult situation now, and there must be an international position to stop the war. As the whole world now knows, Turkey has more than 400,000 Syrian refugees, and we cooperate with Saudi Arabia to end the war. I personally think that the international community is keen on achieving peace and security in this country,” he asserted.
He said the Saudi-Turkish relations have deepened recently with the Saudi and Turkish people sharing many mutual features, mainly the Islamic religion and cooperation in all areas.
He stressed the fact that his country rejects attempts to harm Saudi Arabia and denied the existence of economic rivalries between the two countries.
“We complement each other in our economic relationship and there will be improved and continued relations and cooperation in areas of trade between Saudi and Turkish companies,” he added.
Demirer denied reports of Saudi tourist numbers declining following the recent bombings in some cities, noting that his country has deployed more than 350,000 security men to protect tourists, including Saudis who will find a warm welcome in their second home, Turkey.
The ambassador said that last year 400,000 Saudi tourists visited Turkey and expected this year the figure to rise, with about 180 flights weekly from the Kingdom to Turkey.


Diriyah Gate to be a global, historical and cultural landmark

Updated 22 November 2019

Diriyah Gate to be a global, historical and cultural landmark

  • Diriyah is home to Al-Turaif District, built in 1744 and known as one of the largest clay cities in the world

DIRIYAH: With the establishment of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA), the historical site of Diriyah will become one of the largest and most important international destinations.

The DGDA seeks to transform the site into a location to host activities and events aimed at exchanging historical and cultural knowledge through museums and venues spread throughout
Al-Turaif District.

 The DGDA aims to celebrate the people of Diriyah by telling their stories and demonstrating their social, cultural and historical the roots, as the cradle of the first Saudi state and a symbol of the beauty of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and
its people.

 Diriyah is home to Al-Turaif District, built in 1744 and known as one of the largest clay cities in the world. It was registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2010 — one of five Saudi sites listed.

Not far from Al-Turaif District is the historic Al-Bujairi District, which was a center for spreading science and knowledge during the prosperity of Diriyah, as the capital of the first Saudi state. 

Today it houses many commercial centers and cafes and is the perfect destination to experience Saudi cuisine.

One of the historical landmarks in Al-Turaif District is Salwa Palace, which is located in the northeastern part. It is the largest of its landmarks and spans over 10,000 square meters. It was founded by Imam Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed bin Saud in 1765, and is historically known as the home of the first royal family. 

The palace houses the Diriyah Museum, which presents the history and development of the first Saudi state through works of art, drawings, models and documentaries.

BACKGROUND

At the northern end of old Diriyah, the town of Ghusaybah sits atop of a plateau surrounded by the Hanifa Valley on three sides.

Salwa Palace forms an integrated architectural system with its residential, administrative, cultural and religious units.

 Al-Turaif District also includes the Imam Muhammad bin Saud Mosque, known as the Great Mosque or Al-Turaif Mosque. It is adjacent to Salwa Palace on the north side, and Imams used to lead Friday prayers there.

 To make movement between the mosque and the palace easier, Imam Saud bin Abdul Aziz built a bridge to connect them on the upper floor. The mosque houses a religious school to teach religious sciences. It was formerly the largest mosque in the Arabian Peninsula and was built to symbolize the strength and unity of the Saudi state.

 At the northern end of old Diriyah, the town of Ghusaybah sits atop of a plateau surrounded by the Hanifa Valley on three sides. It was settled by Mani’ Al-Muraydi, the oldest ancestor of the House of Saud, in the 15th century. 

Ghusaybah is a well-established location, carefully chosen for the establishment of the new governorate, and its location played a major role in the protection of Hajj convoys and trade passing through its areas of influence in Al-Arid region.

 Ghusaybah was the seat of an independent governorate before the founding of the first Saudi state. It provided protection for the northern gate of Diriyah during the campaign of Ibrahim Pasha in 1818.

 Samhan is one of the historical areas south of Ghusaybeh on a triangle overlooking the valley when it meets another tributary, the villages of Omran. It directly overlooks the districts of Qusayrin, Mrayih, and Al-Turaif. This location was important during the reign of Imam Mohammed bin Saud and his son Samhan, being a well-fortified site during the siege of Diriyah. It was selected by Imam Abdullah to be his defense headquarters.

 In the field of philanthropy, one may mention “Sabala Moudhi” which was founded by Imam Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed bin Saud, who made it a charitable endowment in the name of his mother, Moudhi bint Sultan bin Abi Wahtan, wife of Imam Mohammed bin Saud. 

It is located east of the Salwa Palace on the southeast of Al-Turaif District. It is a two-story building and was established to provide free accommodation for visitors coming to the city of Diriyah.