Riyadh: The Ministry of Culture (MoC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA), marking a new milestone and strengthening the collaboration between the MoC and its affiliated commissions and the DGDA.
The protocol covers a detailed program encompassing the coordination, development and implementation of projects, initiatives and events in the cultural sector. The MoU was signed by His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, Saudi Minister of Culture, and His Excellency Ahmed Al Khateeb, Secretary General and Board Member of DGDA..
The agreement will also include the provision to jointly implement cultural and heritage initiatives and develop educational assets under the Diriyah Gate master plan, including academies for creative writing, performing arts, music , architecture, Arabic calligraphy, culinary traditions, in addition to a museum for digital art as well as a museum of contemporary art.
“We are delighted to sign this MoU with Diriyah Gate Development Authority; a clear statement of the synergies and strong collaboration between our two teams. Partnerships like these are fundamental to our collective mission to support the development and preservation of the cultural ecosystem here in Saudi Arabia,” said His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan..
His Highness added: “Today we enter the next stage of development where we add value to this precious historic site while protecting the cultural heritage and identity of its people. Our agreement with the DGDA reflects our shared commitment to preserving Diriyah’s unique history and creating opportunities to promote and celebrate this national treasure..”
“This would not have been possible without the unwavering support of our leaders, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. We will continue to work with our partners at DGDA to achieve the objectives of this MoU with a plethora of cultural and heritage events, activities and mega-projects underway aimed at attracting investment and ensuring sustainability in the short term. and in the long term,” said His Highness. out.
Commenting on the partnership, HE Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb said, “We are honored to sign this MoU with the Ministry of Culture covering various aspects of Diriyah’s development. This partnership is a key achievement in our ongoing efforts to transform the historic city into a major tourism and cultural destination, capitalizing on the Department’s many initiatives to achieve Vision 2030 goals of building a vibrant society, a thriving economy and a ambitious nation..”
Thanking the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman for their great support in Diriyah, HE Al-Khateeb added, “This partnership will bring cultural and heritage events and activities from Diriyah to a higher level. . They will be unique and diverse, reflecting its distinctive identity and rich heritage. It will also create a solid platform for investment opportunities by attracting businesses of all kinds. It is with great ambition that we look forward to making Diriyah Gate a tourist attraction that combines historic atmosphere with modern features to become the greatest gathering place. We will work with our partners in the Ministry of Culture to make this strategic objective a reality.”
Further strengthening this partnership, Diriyah, the Arab Capital of Culture for 2030, will host the headquarters of the Ministry of Culture. The partnership will also allow the two entities to collaborate in the establishment of awareness programs as well as events and marketing initiatives for film, music, visual and performing arts, literature, gastronomy and the design. These heritage and cultural activities will also extend into education, research, training and development initiatives..
By signing this agreement, the Ministry of Culture and the DGDA aim to attract and promote investment opportunities by creating incentives to support the private sector, implement various cultural activities and connect them to the historical depth of Diriyah, thus strengthening the position of Diriyah as a global cultural tourism. destination.