Al-Turaif District

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Al-Turaif is a historic district located in Al-Dir'iyah north-west of Riyadh which is regarded as one of the important political and historical sites in Saudi Arabia represented the capital of Saudi dynasty, it was the original home of the Saudi royal family and the country's first capital, from 1744 to 1818.[1][2]

Al-Turaif District
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Saad ibn Saud Palace
LocationSaudi Arabia,ad-Dir'iyah
CriteriaCultural: iv, v, vi
Inscription2010 (34th Session)
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History[edit source | edit]

Al-Turaif District was founded in the 15th century bearing an architectural style of Najdi; this historical site was inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage List on July 31, 2010.[1][3]

The various palaces in this area with an oasis and the Najdi architectural and decorative style was one of the UNESCO criteria to list the district as a World Heritage site.[2] Moreover, The Al-Turaif District was the first historical center with a unifying power in the Arabian Peninsula. As in the mid-18th century, Al-Dir'iyah became the capital of an independent Arab State representing an important phase in the human settlement of the central Arabian peninsula.[2]

Historic palaces and monuments Al-Turaif[edit source | edit]

there are some Historic palaces and monuments in Al-Turaif district include:[4]

  • Salwa Palace
  • Saad bin Saud Palace
  • The Guest House and At-Turaif Bath House
  • Imam Mohammad bin Saud Mosque

Al-Turaif restoration program[edit source | edit]

In Dec 2018, Saudi Arabia launched a restoration program for Al-Turaif historic district aimed at documenting the archaeological sites of the district and transforming it into an open museum.[5]

The project comes as part of the Saudi's tourism plan that aims at increasing the Saudi local tourism and a part if the Saudi Vision 2030.[6]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ā†‘ 1.0 1.1 Centre, UNESCO World Heritage. "At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  2. ā†‘ 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Al-Turaif: How Saudi Arabia is bolstering future tourism by reviving past treasures". Arab News. 2018-12-11. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  3. ā†‘ "Turaif District". Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  4. ā†‘ "Turaif Quarter - Unesco World Heritage Site | For World Heritage Travellers". Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  5. ā†‘ "King Salman to launch Al-Turaif district restoration programme". Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  6. ā†‘ "King Salman to launch Al-Turaif district restoration programme". Retrieved 2019-02-07.

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