The Heritage Authority in the KSA decided to register two heritage sites within the National Register of Urban Heritage (NRUH).
One building is the first established to be the government headquarters of the Riyadh Municipality, and the other used to be the headquarters of the Al-Marqab Press company in the Saudi capital.
The Heritage Authority revealed that it based its decision to register them on the fourth paragraph of Article 45 of the Law of Antiquities, Museums and Urban Heritage issued by Royal Decree No.(M/3) in 2015.
The Commission aims to register the two sites in the List of Urban Heritage Sites in Saudi Arabia to restore, document and protect them, because of their historical value in Saudi Arabia, as part of the Riyadh Central Development project.
The authority wrote in a tweet through its official account: “The Heritage Authority registers the Riyadh Municipality Building and Al-Marqab Printing Press in the list of the NRUH as they are historical and heritage architectural landmarks, representing a distinct period in the history of Riyadh.”
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Riyadh Municipality building was established in 1940 in the Al Dhahirah neighbourhood – Hotat Khalid, before the municipality moved to a second headquarters southwest of Riyadh in 1954.
Several notables and poets lived in the building. It consists of two floors; mud and wood used in the construction.
Al-Marqab Printing Company building was established in 1955. It is located on Imam Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Street in the Al-Marqab neighbourhood in the centre of Riyadh. Al-Marqab printing press is the first in the capital, and its building consists of two floors; modern materials were used in its construction.