Saudi Arabia to enhance cultural gems

Decree aims to develop archaeological sites for tourists
Keen to refine its allure for tourists, Saudi Arabia says it will be developing the major archaeological sites of Al-Ola and Diriyah Gate, following a royal decree by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, TTG MENA reports.
Both areas are of historic, cultural and architectural importance and are expected to attract both local and international travellers.
The decree calls for a new Royal Commission for Al-Ola Province and a Diriyah Gate Renovation Commission as part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which aims to develop the country’s tourism infrastructure and attract over one million tourists annually.
The town of Al-Ola, almost 400 kilometres north of Madinah, was founded in the sixth century and serves as the gateway to the Kingdom’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mada’en Saleh, built over 2,000 years ago by the Nabataeans, who also carved Petra in Jordan.
Diriyah, located 20 kilometres from Riyadh, was the first capital of the Saudi Royal Dynasty, from 1744 to 1818, and is an example of Najdi architecture from that period.

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