Saudi-Pakistan Investment Forum discusses boosting trade and investment partnerships    Crown Prince concludes MEGISummit: We will work seriously to achieve our goals    EXIM Bank signs MoU with Japanese Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation    Saudi Pavilion at EXPO 2020 marks 76th anniversary of UN establishment    Greece premier praises importance of Middle East Green Initiative Summit    Saudi Arabia calls for restraint, de-escalation in Sudan    Riyadh Season hosts Barcelona and Boca Juniors on Maradona Cup night    Monshaat partners with MITEF Saudi & Arab Startup Competition    HSBC CEO — 2021 set to be first trillion-dollar year for green bonds    Riyadh dominates GCC rankings in human capital    All eyes on Jeddah! World's best golfers set for climax of Aramco Team Series    Crown Prince launches series of regional initiatives for climate action at MEGI Summit Ushering in a new green era for Mideast region    WFP's Beasley lauds Saudi Arabia's role in providing aid to millions around the globe    RedSeaIFF announces best short films by emerging Saudi filmmakers 15 shorts make up New Saudi/New Cinema slate    Pakistan hammer India by 10 wickets to clinch T20 win    Michael Jordan's trainers sell for record $1.47m at auction    China postpones Beijing marathon due to Covid surge    US actor James Michael Tyler dies aged 59    Bride's fingerprint not required in revised e-marriage contract    'Easy On Me': Adele returns to UK number one    'Be a Star' — WWE stars fight cyberbullying in Riyadh    Bollywood superstar's son denied bail in drugs case    Saudis, expats mourn death of prominent Filipino preacher in Riyadh    Bollywood actor Sidharth Shukla dies at 40    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Directs KSrelief to Urgently Provide Malaysia with Medical, Preventive Equipment and Supplies to Address COVID-19 Pandemic    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Congratulates President of Maldives on Independence Day    Weather Forecast for Sunday    RSNF Commander Patronizes Ceremonial Launching of His Majesty's Ship "Jazan"    OIC Condemns Houthi Attempts to Target Civilians in Saudi Arabia    Philippines evacuates thousands as monsoon rains flood cities, provinces    Heavy rain in India triggers floods, landslides; at least 125 dead    U.S. Records 64,321 New Infections of Coronavirus    Without Fans, Tokyo Olympics Kicked Off    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Dr. Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Jasser, Saudi Arabia's Pick to Chair IsDB Group for the next five years, unanimously approved by BoG Committee of Procedures    Saudi Press: Fitch affirms Saudi Credit Rating at "A" with a revised outlook to stable from negative    Handled Cargo at Saudi Ports Increases during June 2021    SDAIA, DARP & STC Launch Pilgrim's Smart Bracelet (NUSK)    2 Goals by Diaz Gives Colombia 3rd Place at Copa America    Saudi Cinema Night at Arab World Institute in Paris Kicks Off    KSU Leads Joint International Scientific Project for Early Detection of Breast Cancer    Saudi Arabia to Participate in Cannes Film Festival 2021    Arab Cup U-17 Championship Draw Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Palestine, Kuwait, in the 1st Group    AWI Hosts Saudi Cinema Nights in Paris    Brazil Beats Chile at Copa America Despite 2nd-Half Red Card    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.



SR1m per building for renovation of historical Jeddah
By Naif Masrahi
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 28 - 05 - 2010

Jeddah Municipality plans to spend between SR600,000 to SR1 million per building as part of its program to renovate the historical areas in the city's downtown Al-Balad District, said Adnan Adas, Director of Historical Jeddah Urban Regeneration and Development at the municipality, speaking Wednesday while on a tour of the Abo Safiyah and Bassyoney houses as part of the Jeddah Architectural Heritage Exhibition.
“In 1970, there were 1,200 historical buildings. Sadly, only 350 remain,” said Adas.
He believes there are two factors that have resulted in this loss. “First, is the lack of restoration activities and maintenance. Second, despite its good commercial location, houses in Al-Balad are rented out for very low prices to foreign workers who have been living there for a long time and have misused the property,” he said, adding that house owners are also responsible for not caring for their houses in Al-Balad and preferring to live in more modern areas instead.
Adas feels that the creation of new laws will help preserve the unique architecture of the city and its Hijazi heritage.
“We need to start a program to create awareness of the importance of preserving heritage and our Hijazi traditions,” he said.
Commenting on Jeddah's inclusion in UNESCO's list of historical places, Adas said an announcement in this regard will be made in July 2011.
“We are working in cooperation with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) to comply with UNESCO's registration process,” he said.
He said his department has just finished preparing the first technical manual on restoration in Saudi Arabia and that the manual has been approved by UNESCO and other international agencies for urban restoration.
“The Jeddah Mayoralty can solve the funding problem by establishing a ‘Public Private Partnership' (PPP) in cooperation with the Jeddah Development Urban and Recreation Company (JDURC) to develop the historical area,” said Adas, adding that each meter of restoration will cost the municipality between SR2,000 and SR3,000.
“For example, if the area of the building is 200 meters, it will cost us a total of SR 600,000,” he said.
Restoration work has begun on 44 buildings in Al-Sham District, north of Al-Balad. “Life will return to normalcy in that area when the old buildings are converted into traditional restaurants, heritage hotels, coffee shops and bazaars,” he said.
The renovation work is expected to create around 15,000 to 40,000 jobs for Saudi nationals.


Clic here to read the story from its source.