The Arabian Peninsula maintains wonderful evidence of mud-built cities and towns, such as Diriyah and Sados in the Riyadh region, the city of Hofuf in Al Ahsa, the city of Al Ula, and the town of experts in Qassim, as well as in Najran, Hail, Tema and other villages and towns across Saudi Arabia.
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The National Architectural Heritage Center is making great efforts to revive the mud building and heritage activities and forums have helped revive interest in the old craft, especially with setting up a number of training courses to teach young people the almost extinct profession. Skilled Saudi youths are now taking part in restoration projects currently taking place across the Kingdom, Al Jazirah newspaper reported.
Mud is one of the oldest building materials known to man in the Arabian Peninsula, thousands of years ago, and mud-building shows the ability of a person to adapt to the surroundings in which he lives, and to use his talents to find simple and diverse techniques that meet his needs in the home.
Hundreds of old mud houses across Saudi Arabia have become tourist attractions because they reflect the history and culture of Saudi Arabia and its people.
One of these is the Al An Palace and the historic Emarah Palace, which has 60 rooms and a mosque with a well in the center of its courtyard. A wall with four towers surrounds the edifice.
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