Boris Johnson tweets about ‘historical wonders of Dir’iyah’ in Saudi Arabia

Dir’iyah is home to the Turaif district, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. (Photo courtesy: Arriyadh Development Authority)

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tweeted a photo of a historic site in Saudi Arabia during his visit to the Kingdom this week.

Johnson visited Dir’iyah, the original home of the Saudi royal family which is situated on the north-western outskirts of the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

The foreign secretary captioned the snap: “Fantastic to visit historical wonders of Dir‘iyah today with Saudi FM Adel al-Jubeir. Restorations being done by British co. @burohappold.”

Dir’iyah is home to the Turaif district, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.

The property, founded in the 15th century, was the first capital of the Saudi ruling dynasty and is built in the distinctive Najdi architectural style.

According to UNESCO, the Turaif district’s political and religious role increased in the 18th and early 19th century with the property’s citadel becoming the center of power of the House of Saud.

Johnson’s visit comes after British Prime Minister Theresa May addressed the 37th GCC summit in Bahrain last week, saying “I came today because we have a long history of previous treaties between Britain and Gulf States, and we would like to prove to the world that we have many opportunities that we can take advantage of together.”

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53
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