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Saudi Arabia: Docufilm to Depict King Abdulaziz’s Journey to Riyadh | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Dammam, Asharq Al-Awsat- The Secretary General of the King Abdulaziz Foundation, Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah al Samari has stated that an unnamed private company would document King Abdulaziz’s journey from Kuwait until the conquest of Riyadh through a docufilm that combines the past and the present.

Al Samari pointed out that the journey on camel-back would set off from Kuwait and would pass through the same sites that King Abdulaziz once passed. It would look at the role of the residents of these areas and bring together both the past and the present. He added that the events of the journey were documented by the Foundation, where stories recounted by the people in these areas were collected in a printed book to mark the one-hundred-year anniversary [of the journey].

Al Samari also confirmed that the Foundation prepared for a huge project to document the oil story in Saudi Arabia, indicating that the foundation had agreed with Saudi Aramco on the project but that it was stopped by the company. He added that when the foundation did not receive positive feedback from the company [Aramco], it sought to approach former employers, who had objected to the transformation of the American company into a Saudi company. The Foundation then obtained a vast number of documents, surprising the company and causing it to restart the project.

Al Samari attended a meeting with intellects and historians in the Eastern Province that was organized by the Foundation and the Eastern Province’s literary club and marked the completion of the second stage of the project to document historical sources of Saudi history in the Eastern Province. A related exhibition was inaugurated by Prince Mohammad bin Fahd, the governor of the Eastern Province.