The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage Completes Establishing Four Regional Museums in the Kingdom's Regions

​The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage completes establishing four regional museums in the Kingdom's regions
With a cost of more than 224 million riyals

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage has completed establishing four new museums in a number of the Kingdom's regions, prior to officially inaugurating them in the near future. These projects included constructing new regional museums in each of Asir, Hail, Tabouk and Al Jouf with a cost exceeding 224 million riyals as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Programme to Preserve the National Heritage (one of the initiatives of the National Transformation Programme), which, in its course related to museum projects, includes establishing, expanding and developing 13 regional museums in the Kingdom's regions. 

The projects included establishing new buildings for these museums, in addition to designing and preparing museum shows according to the latest international designs and modern developed available means in the field of showcasing archaeological pieces and visual presentations. The museum projects have received the interest of His Excellency Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage Mr. Ahmed bin Aqil Al Khateeb​, and also received the attention of Their Royal Highnesses governors of the regions, for the schemes' prominent role in preserving the regions' history and heritage and for their being a main element in the comprehensive tourist experience and an important element for being proud of the homeland and its civilisation. 

Each museum comprises eight halls: the first for reception, the second for the respective region's antiquities and heritage and its natural history, the third for pre-history and early history ages, the fourth for pre-Islamic eras, the fifth for the region's history in the Islamic era, the sixth for the modern ages, while the seventh is allocated for showcasing the popular heritage and the eighth for visiting and temporary shows.  

It is expected for the museums to provide more than 1,000 direct jobs, where the commission has been working on rehabilitating university graduates on museum works, whether for specialised tasks or in the field of marketing and events related to museums.  

The designs of the new museums took into consideration the archaeological and heritage identity for each region, where works focused on having these museums as civil monuments that highlight the antiquities and heritage of these regions, so as to play their roles in a better way in shedding light on the civil momentum, in a way that allows more shows in these museums to include all the antiquities and history of these regions according to their historical sequences starting from pre-history ages to the emergence of early civilisations in each region until reaching the modern era, including the traditional handicrafts and industries, with taking into consideration the inclusiveness of defining the history of each region through programmes and showcased items that target all age groups and levels of the visitors of these museums. 

The new museums are unique in their focus on social, cultural and scientific events that they will host, in addition to providing some parts of the museums for investment purposes, in a way that encourages turnout on these museums to become civil monuments that contribute to stimulating the tourist and cultural activities. 

It is worth mentioning that the national heritage activity in early 2020 will move to the Ministry of Culture, which, for its part, will continue activating this qualitative initiative. 
The Jouf Regional Museum 
The project covers a total area of 12,000 square metres, and the cost of its construction and designing its museum shows exceeding 61,343,595 riyals.
The museum is unique in its strategic location in Dawmat Al Jandal with a view on an important archaeological area that includes the Mared Castle and Omar Mosque, not to mention its adjacency to the Nweiser Museum and other cultural landmarks in Al Jouf. 

Asir Regional Museum
The museum project was established on an area that exceeds 7,000 square metres in the centre of Abha City, and it is adjacent to the governorate headquarters of Asi Region and a number of main landmarks in the city.
The cost of the project exceeded 31,228,503 riyals. 

Hail Regional Museum 
The museum was constructed on an area of 11,000 square metres with a total cost of 66,613,906 riyals.
 It is known for its adjacency to the Prince Sultan Cultural Centre. 

Tabouk Regional Museum 
The total area of the project stands at 12,854 square metres and the cost of its construction and equipping it with museum shows exceeded 65,673,806.
The museum project is located within the historical railway station in central Tabouk.