By ROGER HARRISON | ARAB NEWS
JEDDAH: The exhibition running simultaneously with the first Saudi Built Heritage Forum opened its doors to the public on Tuesday.
Early visitors to the show at Jeddah Hilton included parties of boisterous schoolboys clutching carrier bags stuffed with free literature and shepherded by harassed looking teachers as well as demure groups of schoolgirls carrying clipboards floating between exhibits.
The exhibition hall positively buzzed with their energy as they made the most of the opportunity to see everything on show.
Popular was the Asir province stand, which was certainly the most original and striking in the show.
Constructed to include many of the unique architectural features that typify the province, the interior included fabrics and pottery from the region that has made it justifiably famous as the craft workshop of the western part of the Kingdom.
It is also a perfect example of the self-motivation that brought this area to notice on the national heritage trail and is completely in sync with the ethos of the exhibition, which is of restoration and development.
Note by editor: It is indeed important to retain one’s own architectural heritage. So much was lost in the past with ‘globalization’.