King Khalid Royal Reserve

King Khalid Royal Reserve
محمية الملك خالد الملكية
Thumamah Park
متنزه الثمامة
شرق الثمامه - panoramio.jpg
Thumamah National Park (now King Khalid Royal Reserve), 2011
LocationRiyadh Province, Saudi Arabia
Nearest cityRiyadh
Coordinates25°19′10″N 46°41′10″E / 25.31944°N 46.68611°E / 25.31944; 46.68611Coordinates: 25°19′10″N 46°41′10″E / 25.31944°N 46.68611°E / 25.31944; 46.68611
Established02 August 1983; 39 years ago (02 August 1983)

King Khalid Royal Reserve (Arabic: محمية الملك خالد الملكية), formerly as al-Thumamah Wildlife Park (Arabic: متنزه الثمامة البري) and better known as al-Thumamah Park, is a nature reserve and a popular outdoor tourist attraction in the al-Thumamah region of northeastern Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.[1] It was a private farm owned by King Khalid and was partially turned into a public park after its nationalization by the Saudi government under King Fahd in 1983 following the former's death in 1982.[2][3][4] It was renamed as the King Khalid Royal Reserve in October 2019 after its recognition as a protected area through a royal decree by King Salman.[5]

History

Prior to its nationalization by the Saudi government in 1983, the park was a private farm owned by the late King Khalid. Following his death in 1982, the newly crowned monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Fahd issued a royal decree for nationalization of the property. The then governor of Riyadh Prince Salman tasked the High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh to transform the farm into a public park. Around 1992, both the Al Thumamah Wildlife Park and the Thumamah National Park projects were merged under the responsibility of High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh.[6] In October 2019, King Salman issued a royal decree which officially declared the area as a natural reserve and was renamed as the King Khalid Royal Reserve.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Thumamah National Park". Travellingfoot. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  2. ^ "متنزه الثمامة بالصور". المرسال (in Arabic). Retrieved 2022-08-27.
  3. ^ "تعيين الأمير تركي بن محمد رئيساً لإدارة "محمية الملك خالد" | مجلة سيدتي". www.sayidaty.net (in Arabic). Retrieved 2022-08-29.
  4. ^ "برنامج تطوير منتزه الثمامة البري". Royal Commission for Riyadh City (in Arabic). Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  5. ^ واس, الرياض (2019-10-03). "تحويل منتزه الثمامة إلى محمية الملك خالد". Watanksa (in Arabic). Retrieved 2022-08-29.
  6. ^ "متنزه الثمامة بالصور". المرسال (in Arabic). Retrieved 2022-08-29.

External links

  • Red Sand Dune – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on YouTube


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