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September 07, 2018

The palace is considered to be smaller than the Palace of Ibrahim in Al-Ahsa’s Al-Kutt. (SPA)

  • The General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage in Al-Ahsa is protecting historical sites in the governorate

Khuzam Palace- It is not clear when Khuzam Palace was built, but it is estimated to have been the work of Imam Saud bin Abdul Aziz in 1805. Located in the southwestern entrance to Hofuf, it offered military protection for Bedouin traders passing by Al-Ahsa to buy supplies and trade.
The palace is considered to be smaller than the Palace of Ibrahim in Al-Ahsa’s Al-Kutt. The entrance is located in the middle of the northern outer wall with a corner for security guards and a square tower erected above it.
The lower parts of the outer wall were restored in 1988 and there are corridors from the top for monitoring and openings for soldiers to fire in cases of emergency.
The palace has six towers in total, three on the north side and three more on the south side made up of two stories. The towers are circular, except for the middle northern tower, which is rectangular shaped.
The General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage in Al-Ahsa is protecting historical sites in the governorate with surveillance cameras to guard against graffiti attacks on its walls.
Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Farida, director of the Tourism Authority in Al-Ahsa, visited the historic palace to inspect restoration and rehabilitation work on the walls.
People convicted of defacing or damaging archaeological or heritage sites face jail terms of up to a year and a fine of up to SR100,000 ($27,000).

This article was first published in  ARAB NEWS

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