Red Palace

General information Located north of Al-Fouta Park in the city of Riyadh, the Red Palace was a gift from the Kingdom’s founding father, King Abdulaziz, to his son and Crown Prince, King Saud - may Allah bless their souls. Constructed in 1943 AD (1362 AH), the palace saw the establishment phases of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It also witnessed the issuance of many political and sovereign decisions, such as cutting ties with Britain and France. It served as the headquarters for leading the Gulf War and hosting many prominent presidential figures, such as the Shah of Iran, Gamal Abdel Nasser, King Hussein, and others. This palace is considered the first building constructed with reinforced concrete in the Kingdom. Uniquely distinguished by its reddish color, it contains a room equipped with ceiling fans and air conditioners, which was out of the norm for buildings in that period. The palace was later classified within the urban heritage of the Kingdom.