Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud recently passed an order that no historical or heritage building in Saudi Arabia can be removed without approval of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), as per a report from Gulf News.
As per the Prince’s orders there is a need to assess historical and architectural significance of the building by SCTA before any action is taken. The relevant authorities will also have to report any encroachments or removal of heritage buildings and to communicate with the SCTA on need for the maintenance or restoration of any archeological sites.
Saudi Arabia is home to numerous antiquities and heritage sites in various regions. There are also several landmarks that reflect culture and national history of the kingdom and values and morals of the Saudi people. According to the Prince dilapidated historical buildings should be in fact transformed into sites that can be developed and enhanced.