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Saudi Arabia: a database to document the Kingdom’s industrial heritage

On July 14, Prince Badr Al Saud, Ministry of Culture and incidentally Governor of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula, launched a national competition to document Saudi Arabia’s industrial heritage.

This competition aims to establish a national database of industrial sites that are part of the kingdom’s heritage. It is accessible to all citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia via a website and will award prizes totaling $266,000. 


Industrial heritage

Prince Badr Al Saud announced the opening of the competition in a tweet: “Following the launch of the industrial heritage preservation project with the help and efforts of my colleagues to support the program, we are launching today a competition to strengthen the concept, our country has a base of industrial heritage sites“.



These sites are in fact all those that include remains of the old industrial culture, whether it regards technology, architecture, science, and is a building, machine, factory, mine, etc. 


A 3-phased competition


The competition will take place in 3 phases. The first, identification, consists of discovering the sites and sending photos, videos and basic information by participants. In the second part, participants will be asked to provide details and stories about the submitted sites. Finally, the third phase will document each site by researching its history and its impact on industry and society. 


See also

Saudi Arabia: 19 new archaeological sites listed in the National Register of Antiquities


Published on 18 July 2019



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