The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, has ordered the restoration of historical monuments in the city of Jeddah, the first stage of which will cost almost $50 million (187 million SAR). The Royal Family of Saudi Arabia, including His Royal Highness King Salman bin Abdulaziz and the Crown Prince as well as the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense, have pledged to jointly fund the process.
The restoration was ordered in order to preserve the rich cultural and architectural history of Jeddah. The city is currently slated as the next UNESCO World Heritage site, and the restoration would put it on the path to fulfilling UNESCO’s prerequisites to enlist it as one, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The preservation of these cultural landmarks also falls in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which aims to establish the country as a tourism site in order to reduce its economic dependence on oil. Some of the buildings to be renovated are more than 500 years old and are archaeological monuments owned by Jeddah families.
“Saudi Arabia’s historical buildings will receive special attention from the Ministry of Culture to ensure that they remain in excellent condition and remain as solid proof of the cultural depth of the Kingdom,” said Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan. According to the Saudi Press Agency, the renovations would be carried out by skilled technicians specialized in preserving the unique design of Jeddah’s architectural features.