Darah (King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives)
King Abdulaziz Foundation was founded in 1392 AH / 1972 AD by a royal decree to serve the history of, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Arab and Islamic world. It is located in the heart of King Abdulaziz Historical Center in Morabba neighborhood in Riyadh. It is managed by a Board of Directors chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz.
Darah serves the historical sources, makes it available for researchers and publishes specialized versions. King Abdulaziz Memorial Hall and Morabba’ Palace are next to Darah, which are open to visitors. Darah contains a number of scientific centers including: History of Mecca Center, Medina Research and Studies Centre, Royal Family’s History Documenting Center, Arab Gulf and East of the Arabian Peninsula History Center in Dammam, Red Sea and West of the Arabian Peninsula History Center, Sara As-Sudairi Center for Research on Saudi Women, and the Historical Geographic Information Systems Center. In Darah, there are specialized sections for documents, restoration, manuscripts, historical photos and films, research and publishing, library and oral history. There is also a special section for female researchers.