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'Dutch House.. a Shared History' exhibition opens in historic Jeddah

November 22, 2021



JEDDAH — The Historic Jeddah District witnessed on Sunday the inauguration of the "Dutch House.. a Shared History” exhibition, attended by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Thijs Van Der Plas and staff of the Historic Jeddah Program, at the historic Zenel House.

The exhibition, which was held with the support of the Historic Jeddah Program, highlights what was witnessed by the historic Zenel House, which is one of the oldest concrete buildings in the historic district, where two rooms were dedicated for the Dutch Consulate in Jeddah, and included the display of valuable photos and documentaries that were prepared in the past depicting Hijazi community and the simple daily life at the beginning of the last century.

The exhibition also establishes what the Zenel House stands for as an important part of Jeddah’s history. Until 1950, the building, which was formerly one of the offices of the Dutch Consulate in Jeddah, provided services to facilitate the annual flow of Muslim pilgrims arriving from Indonesia, which was under Dutch rule at the time.

The organization of the exhibition reflects the leadership’s continuous support to enhance and rehabilitate heritage sites in the Kingdom, revive and preserve cultural locations and educate generations about the historical role of these sights in strengthening the nation’s march. — SPA


November 22, 2021
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