New look for Jeddah gateways


One of the renovated gates in Jeddah. (AN photo)
 
By MUHAMMAD HUMAIDAN | ARAB NEWS
JEDDAH: As part of its efforts to enhance the enchanting look of the Bride of Red Sea, the Jeddah Municipality has completed renovation of 10 gateways in the city.
 
“They include Bab Al-Sharif gate, Bab Makkah gate, Makkah Road gate, Prince Fawaz Project gate, Dhahaban gate, Saudi Etisalat gate, Al-Naeem district gate and North Corniche Road in addition to the neighborhoods around the Al-Nakhlah Square and west of Makkah Road gate,” Bahjat Hamwa, director general of municipal gardens and tree-planting, said on Tuesday.
 
The municipality strives to repair and renovate all gates and entrances to Jeddah to match the city’s status as the major entry point of Haj and Umrah pilgrims, he added.
 
Many of the 624 sculptures that have been standing at different squares and other locations in the city are in ruins and some beyond repair.
 
An advisory committee for Jeddah beautification has conducted a number of workshops to discuss the participation of artists in Jeddah to give the city’s overpasses, underpasses and facades of buildings on major streets an aesthetic look in addition to install more of their sculptures at important locations.
 
According to some sources, preparations are underway to give a more attractive look to the beach.
 
The committee is also studying the naming and documentation of the sculptural structures besides writing on the structures their names and the name of the artist who designed and worked it. A sculpture will also carry the date of making with a brief description of its relevance in Arabic and English.
 
Shortage of qualified artists is a major problem faced by the municipality in making regular repair and maintenance works to the artistic structures, the source said.
 
They all need regular painting to maintain their unrefined bronze look besides keeping away all activities harmful to their life, the source said.
 
The municipality is also looking for permanent sponsors for the artistic works.

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