Saudi Crown Prince donates $50m to restore ancient Jeddah buildings
Saudi nationals will carry out the restoration works under the directives of HRH Mohammed bin Salman, SPA reported
HRH Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Defense has donated $50m (SAR187.5m) for the restoration of ancient buildings in Jeddah, located on the kingdom's Red Sea Coast.
According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the donation is for Phase One restoration works, which are to be carried out on dilapidated buildings located at various historical sites across the city.
Under the scope of the restoration works, buildings that are similar to architectural landmarks in the city will be rehabilitated in a bid to "maintain ancient historical and cultural features of the Kingdom", SPA said.
The Crown Prince’s donation for the re-establishment of the historical buildings "comes in line with Unesco's requirements to include ancient Jeddah on its list of world heritage buildings", the state news agency added.
SPA also reported that, under the Crown Prince’s directives, Saudi nationals will be appointed to carry-out restoration works.
The team will work under the guidance of well-experienced supervisors who have specialisations in the field to ensure that the architectural features of the restored buildings "mirror the ancient Jeddah and its historic structures that are more than 500 years old".
The UAE has also ramped up its efforts in the restoration of its heritage buildings.
In April 2019, under the directives of HH Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, and Ruler of Sharjah, historial landmarks in the emirate's Khor Fakkan were restored.