A Family Outing at Saudi's Summer Capital

Explore the Asiri heritage

Rijal Almaa and the Flower Men of Asir

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Travelling around the Asir region, one cannot help but stop and marvel at the architecture of Rijal Almaa with its solidly built mini fortresses, placed atop the hillside.

The tenacious village – located 45 km away from Abha - flourished over 350 years ago and remains intact with its white quartz-studded square towers, putting Rijal Almaa on UNESCO's tentative heritage list.

Rijal Almaa

The village museum, nestled inside one of its six-story buildings, hosts a treasure trove of art and history; a repository of photographs, artwork, and archaeological artifacts.

Locals of Rijal Almaa are keen on preserving its history, and have taken great measures to restore its architecture. In 2017, all sixteen fortresses of the village were restored. It has since won the Arab Cities “Mudon” Award for its architectural heritage.

The traditional “futa” attire

Men in Rijal Almaa are seen dressed in the traditional “futa” attire - a wraparound skirt with vibrant stripes. They are nicknamed Flower Men as they adorn themselves with floral wreaths, a distinctive but lesser known Saudi tradition. The wreathes are made of intricate and beautiful arrangements of greens, herbs, and flowers. Ask around about its significance!

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