Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Prince slams 'depressing' Middle Eastern architecture

  • Comment
The Prince of Wales has hit out at architectural development in Saudi Arabia and the entire Gulf region.

In a thinly disguised attack, the Prince criticised the rush to build seen in many of the region's cities.

As he received an award in the Saudi city of Riyadh for his lifetime commitment to his work with architectural heritage, the Prince outlined his concerns about the growing internationalisation of architecture.

'What I find so deeply depressing frankly, when going around the world, is you might as well be in the same place,' he told the gathered dignitaries.

'I want to go knowing I'm in Saudi Arabia or Egypt or Britain,' he added.

The comments at the King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre are sure to anger and frustrate many of the British practices who have found success in the region.

In the same speech Prince Charles also condemned the country for the widespread 'predominance of the car'.

by Ed Dorrell

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs


Do you want the latest jobs emailed to you?
Sign up for job alerts.

AJ Jobs