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Crown Prince orders restoration of urban heritage buildings in Riyadh

Based on the keenness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, to preserve the heritage, and under the
directives of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin
Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense,
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Minister of Culture and Chairman of
the Board of Directors of the Heritage Commission, has announced the
launch of restoration project for urban heritage buildings of
architectural and historical significance in the center of Riyadh.

The Minister expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Custodian
of the Two Holy Mosques and HRH Crown Prince for their unlimited support
for culture and enduring heritage.

In a press statement issued today, the Minister affirmed that
restoration operations will take into account international standards in
terms of restoration and preservation of urban heritage buildings.

The first scope of the project includes 15 heritage palaces and 5
royal palaces. The first phase will focus on preparing studies and
designs, preparing and managing sites and temporary strengthening
buildings in their current state, as this phase will take three months.
The second phase will include the implementation project for the
comprehensive restoration of buildings within 24 months, starting from
January, 2021.

The second scope of the project will begin in parallel with the
first and with a full study of all important urban heritage buildings in
the center of Riyadh with all their classifications, in addition to
documenting these buildings architecturally and urbanly and developing
the necessary operational plans for their preservation, restoration and
rehabilitation.

The project is managed by the Ministry of Culture, represented by
the Heritage Commission, in partnership with the Royal Commission for
Riyadh City and Riyadh Municipality.

The project aims to preserve urban heritage buildings of
architectural and historical significance, highlight the local identity
and transform these buildings into an economic, social, cultural and
tourism resource. It also aims to increase the efficiency of their uses
with adjacent areas.

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