As a part of the development program of the ancient Ad Diriyah city in Saudi Arabia, King Salman will announce the restoration of the Al-Turaif historical district which will help transform the city into a tourist and cultural centre.
Al-Turaif was built in the 15th century with Najdi architecture and is a portrayal of early settlement lifestyle in a desert environment. The Emir of Riyadh and chairman of Arriyadh Development Authority, Prince Faisal Bin Bandar said Al-Turaif has been transformed into an open museum with the restoration and documentation of its archaeological sites.
In November, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) added 19 new sites to the National Antiquities Register. These were pre-Islamic sites, found in the provinces of Bisha, Tathlith, and Balqarn. The SCTH also launched an app called the Holo Journey project, it’s the world’s first app which combines three innovative technologies to enhance tourism.
Saudi Arabia operates the Cultural Heritage Care program which aims to develop, promote and preserve national heritage sites.