Time: May 18, 2019
Narrow and winding streets, original street art, and the buzz of residents and visitors going about their day — Jeddah’s historical district Al-Balad is alive with history and heritage, making it one of Saudi Arabia’s cultural treasures.
Anyone who has ever visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site — one of five in the Kingdom — will talk about its character, its residents’ hospitality, and the fact that this beautiful district hosts 500-year-old buildings that are now in need of restoration.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said he will donate SR50 million ($13.3 million) to restore 56 buildings in the district.
This restoration will be in keeping with its historic architectural style, ensuring that local traditions are maintained and enhanced. We thank him for his investment in preserving cultural heritage and improving our citizens’ quality of life.
Under the leadership of Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, his ministry launched its cultural vision earlier this year. The restoration of Jeddah’s historic buildings is a further step on this journey.
The vision aims to help arts and culture flourish across the Kingdom, supporting a vibrant sector that enriches people’s lives. Preservation of heritage sites is a key priority and a personal passion of Prince Badr, who is working hard to champion Saudi culture at home and abroad in a way that benefits us all.
As Saudi Arabia is undergoing a period of exciting and historic change, it is important to remember why culture matters. It binds people together, helps build understanding and enriches lives.
It also presents our country with great opportunities, such as sharing with the world our unique national identity and cultural treasures.
The Kingdom’s great leaders recognize the transformative effect that culture and heritage can have on society.
- Abdulkarim Alhumaid is a public relations manager and spokesman at the Culture Ministry.