The Saudi Heritage Commission and the Qiddiya Investment Company have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to protect the archaeological and heritage and culture of the Qiddiya project site, located west of Riyadh.
The aims and objectives of the MoU can be summarized as follows:
- Protect and preserve archaeological and heritage sites in Qiddiya
- Conduct research, surveys and archaeological excavations at the Qiddiya site
- Preserve urban heritage sites
- Reconstruct historical mosques
- Develop handicraft workshops to promote the use of and facilitate the sale of traditional crafts
Dubbed the Kingdom’s ‘capital of entertainment’, Qiddiya will cover more than 334 square kilometres and will be home to more than 300 recreational and educational facilities centred around five major themes: parks and attractions, sports and wellness, nature and environment, arts and culture, and motion and mobility.
Qiddiya is conscious of the impact its project will have on the spectacular site, its natural inhabitants and ecosystems
Qiddiya is nestled in the heart of the Tuwaiq Escarpment Environmental Reserve, surrounded by the beauty, strength, and fragility of Mother Nature. As a result, Qiddiya is conscious of the impact its project will have on the spectacular site, its natural inhabitants and ecosystems, and how its current actions will affect the future. The MoU signed with the Saudi Heritage Commission will go a long way to ensuring that the whole development encompasses the time-honored traditions and culture of the local people, thus helping to create a historically relevant, sustainable and environmentally friendly destination.