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Presentation volume commemorating the opening of King Abdulaziz International Airport. Presentation volume commemorating the opening of King Abdulaziz International Airport.
Presentation volume commemorating the opening of King Abdulaziz International Airport.
(SAUDI MINISTRY OF DEFENCE AND AVIATION.)

Presentation volume commemorating the opening of King Abdulaziz International Airport.

Availability: In stock

Published: Riyadh Tihama, [1981]

Stock Code: 113447

£475
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, was opened in 1981, and was the first airport in the world to contain a hajj terminal specifically for Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca. It was designed by the noted Bangladeshi-American engineer Fazlur Rahman Khan, and was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1983 chiefly for its innovative tent-like roofing system.
One pamphlet, titled "King Abdulaziz International Airport", in wrappers printed with symbols for amenities, comprises sections titled "Asset to the Kingdom", "A City Within a City", "Gateway to Mecca", and "World's Newest Airport". Another, "King Abdulaziz International Airport - Jeddah", in wrappers illustrated with photographs of Saudi royals, provides a more strictly factual overview of the airport and its facilities. The third pamphlet, "Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Defence and Aviation International Airports Projects", shows the luxury interiors and art collections of the airport's VIP areas.

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Description

Original button-fastened dark red leatherette folio presentation box (415 x 260 mm), gilded metal roundel with relief of the hajj terminal mounted to front panel, green velvet lining. Containing 3 pamphlets in pictorial wrappers (2 wire-stitched) and a large (80 mm diameter) commemorative coin engraved with a relief portrait of King Abdulaziz, as issued.

Illustrations

Pamphlets all with text in Arabic and English, and illustrated throughout from colour photographs.

Condition

Leatherette very slightly lifting in isolated sections along edges on rear panel with a few faint creases, one pamphlet ("Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Defence and Aviation International Airports Projects") lightly rubbed at extremities, coin with one very faint scratch to verso. Overall very good.

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