In an endeavour to safeguard its cultural heritage, the city of Najran is currently working to restore the mud dwellings, castles, and palaces in 33 of its old villages in the hopes of turning them into a future rural tourism attraction. Locals and owners of historic homes have taken the lead on restoration efforts as a patriotic move to protect the valley’s original history and culture.
Nasser Al-Souqour, the man in charge of restoring the palaces and castles in Najran, said that Najran has a lot of palaces, like the Al-Aan Palace and other palaces belonging to Najran families and tribes. All of these, he believes, have made a big difference in how the Arabian Peninsula has changed over the years. Al-Souqour also expressed that restoring the buildings was very important because some of them were about to tumble due to erosion over the last 20 years. He added that it made them realize how important it was to fix them up to keep the country’s history alive. Because of this, a group of young people thought about turning the mud palaces and castles into rural inns to show off the region’s tourism history. Al-Souqour said that to fix the damage, a contractor had to study the project in detail, make a plan, and order materials like clay, stone, hay, mud, and wood.
With the aim of preserving and restoring in mind, the contractor must ensure that the repairs done are with the same materials used in the first place. Al-Souqour said that the contractor must also check the quality of the sand as much as possible and use pillars made of wood from the same trees in the area, such as wild jujube, tamarisk, palm trees, and branches. He also said they use a plastic layer as an isolator to keep water from getting into the mud cavity. This method is adopted to keep the mud cavity in good shape for as long as possible.
About Saudi Arabia’s Najran
Najran is a desert oasis in southern Saudi Arabia, not far from the Yemeni border. In addition to being the provincial capital, Najran itself is one of the most rapidly expanding urban areas in the country. Historically, the neighbourhood was known as Abu As-Su’ud and served primarily as a commercial hub.
Saving the historic mud houses and palaces in Najran, Saudi Arabia, is a great way to keep the region’s past alive. For decades, Saudi Arabia has perfected a distinct architectural style known as mud architecture, which is now an integral part of the country’s heritage. Cultural and ecological sustainability both depend on their ability to restore and preserve these old structures. Najran is showing its cultural legacy to tourists and locals alike by restoring its historic mud houses and palaces. It’s a great chance to spread the word about green construction practices and the value of maintaining our built heritage.