Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz issued a Royal Order approving a proposal by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to establish a Historical Old Jeddah Project Management that reports to the Ministry of Culture and allocate an independent budget toward the project.
This major step comes within the framework of Saudi leadership, especially the crown prince, who is keen to preserve the historical heritage as a site rich in monuments and history, and a distinctive example of urban heritage.
The Historic Jeddah Project is also an extension of the development of historical areas such as the Gate of Al-Dariyah and the Royal Commission for the development of Al-Ula, improving, developing, and preserving its environment and its historical value.
The Historical Old Jeddah or otherwise called the downtown Jeddah is located in the heart of present Jeddah. According to sources its existence dates back to the era before Islam. The turning point in the history of the old Jeddah came about during the reign of Caliph Uthman ibn Affan, in the year 26H. /647CE, when he took her to be the sea port of Holy City Makkah facilitating regional commerce as well as receiving Hajj and Umrah pilgrims.