WATCH: How an arts programme is helping to preserve Old Jeddah; Willy Lowry; The National

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Saudi Arabia – Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah

Old Jeddah’s buildings are hurting and crumbling. The Jameel House of Traditional Arts is trying to change that.

The narrow, winding streets of historic Jeddah evoke the city’s rich history. Structures spring from the streets adorned by intricate woodwork and what seem to be impossibly detailed doors.

The area known as Al Balad is a Unesco World Heritage Site, but the buildings are hurting, crumbling in the middle of the city’s outward growth.

The Jameel House of Traditional Arts is trying to change that.

The organisation offers a one-year programme in traditional arts that it hopes will equip young Saudis with the tools to preserve the structures and cultures of Old Jeddah.

“It’s very important for the participants to learn more about how to preserve the traditions and how to preserve the place,” said Fatimah Mazeh, the programme director. “They will be taking this forward to future generations.”

Over the course of a year, participants are trained in a variety of skills.

Source: WATCH: How an arts programme is helping to preserve Old Jeddah

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