ThePlace: Ashikar Heritage Village in Riyadh

Ashikar Heritage Village. (Photo/Saudi Tourism)
Updated 09 February 2019
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ThePlace: Ashikar Heritage Village in Riyadh

  • Tourists can visit museums and restaurants serving traditional foods, located around the heritage center site

The most popular port of call for visitors to Riyadh is the historic Ashikar Heritage Village.
Characterized by its old mud buildings the site, 200 km northwest of the Saudi capital, has become a major attraction for tourists and locals alike.
Residents of Ashikar initiated the restoration of the town, and with the support of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), it has been turned into one of the Kingdom’s most treasured architectural gems.
Tourists can also visit museums and restaurants serving traditional foods, located around the heritage center site.


First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

Updated 18 August 2019
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First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

  • Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries

Saudi Minister of Transport and Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Dr. Nabeel Al-Amoudi, oversaw the departure of the first 

group of pilgrims under the Eyab initiative on Saturday together with GACA President Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.

Eyab seeks to improve services provided to pilgrims, with the authority aiming to enrich pilgrims’ experience at the Kingdom’s airports. It is expected to benefit 30,000 pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.

Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries, inspected the services available and received a briefing from the initiative’s officials.

GACA started an experimental implementation of Eyab this year, aimed at pilgrims returning to Indonesia, India and Malaysia through Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport and Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Airport.