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Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities to partially rehabilitate Amara Palace and Darab Zubaidah in Rafah next year

Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities to partially rehabilitate Amara Palace and Darab Zubaidah in Rafah next year (Forimmediaterelease.net) Dr. Ali Al Ghabban, vice president of the Antiquities and Museums sector of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) revealed that the timetable for the works on the archeological sites in the municipality of Rafah next year include the rehabilitation of part of the Amara Palace in Lena, in addition to implementing the first phase rehabilitation of the Darab Zubaidah at a distance from the Amara Palace.

He also pointed out that the commission attaches great importance to the existing antiquities throughout the provinces of the kingdom and its various territories, and it undertakes their development in the framework of the ongoing program for the rehabilitation of tourist sites, so as to make these sites some of the most attractive elements of tourism in the kingdom. Dr. Al Ghabban added that Darab Zubaidah is located 30 kilometers from the Amara palace in Lena and it includes a series of pools and antiquities.

The vice president of SCTA for Antiquities and Museums sector said that the archaeological area in the municipality of Rafah, like in any other regions in the kingdom, comes within the framework of SCTA’s activities and functions. He added that the existing antiquities in Rafah are localized in Lena center, which is 100 kilometers from Rafah, and the road that leads to Lena center was repaired quite recently.

Dr. Al Ghabban pointed out that the old Amara Palace, was restored by the Antiquities Sector recently. He added that the old palace, which consists of 52 rooms, is one of the promising sites for investment by the private sector as a “Desert tourism product." The site is also included on the list of tourist sites that fall within the program of tourism development. He added that the palace is open to visitors and tourists already.

PHOTO: Dr. Ali Al Ghabban / Photo from scta.gov.sa

Najla A. Al-Khalifah Email: najla@scta.gov.sa

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