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A remarkable turnout by visitors and vacationers was witnessed at the heritage villages and towns across Riyadh region during the Eid holidays. RIYA DH : RA SHID HA SSA N Publishe d Monday 21 O ctobe r 2013 Last update 21 O ctobe r 2013 3:55 am

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Heritage sites across Riyadh governorate witnessed an unprecedented arrival of visitors during the Eid Al-Adha holidays, according to the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA). A remarkable turnout by visitors and vacationers was witnessed at the heritage villages and towns across Riyadh region during the Eid holidays this year, said a statement released by the SCTA. Al-Ghat, a heritage town in Riyadh region, witnessed a large number of visitors who flocked in to visit the historical monuments and Al-Ghat Museum, which opened last year. The town includes a historic souk area that was recently renovated, in addition to Al-Ghat Amara Palace, which was restored and converted into a museum. Al-Ghat has been linked with the Qassim-Riyadh highway to facilitate transportation for tourists. Eshaiger, another heritage town in Riyadh region,
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has also undergone restoration. The SCTA arrangements for provided technical support to the town council, outgoing pilgrims rehabilitating building structures, walkaways and ensuring the town would become a leading More touristic destination in the next five years. In addition, Shagra historic center received an influx of tourists after the municipality with the support of local businessmen restored the bulk of its heritage area. With the support of local community, a special fund was established to finance the rehabilitation work in the historic area, according to the SCTA statement. Other important heritage sites, such as Al Majmaa in the Riyadh region witnessed touristic events and attractions. The SCTA has also begun preparations for the rehabilitation of Alga Town in Zulfi. The projects technical specifications and restoration scheme are already under way. Meanwhile, a rehabilitation project was launched by Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of SCTA, during his recent visit to the heritage town of Ragbah.

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