The Mahd adh Dhahab is a leading gold mining area in the Arabian Peninsula. It is located in the Al Madina province of the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia.
|1948 stock certificate of the Saudi Arabian Mining Syndicate |
incorporated in the Bahamas
In 1931, King Abdul Aziz assigned the American geologist K.S. Twitchell the task to investigate the presence of oil and minerals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Twitchell found oil in the Eastern Province, but also gold in the Hijaz Region in 1932.
|location of Mahd adh Dhaba|
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The Arabian government and the American Smelting and Refining Company formed in 1935 the Saudi Arabian Mining Syndicate for the operation of the Mahd ad Dhahab gold mine . Activities began in 1936. Mining started from below ancient workings as well as from an open cut and from old surface dumps.