Saudi MoC signs cultural collaboration agreement with DGDA

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The Saudi Ministry of Culture (MoC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA), strengthening the collaboration between MoC and its affiliated commissions and DGDA.

The MoU covers a detailed agenda 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 Member of DGDA’s Board of Directors.

The agreement will also include the provision to jointly implement cultural and heritage initiatives and develop educational assets within the Diriyah Gate master plan, including academies for creative writing, performing arts, music, architecture, Arabic calligraphy, and culinary traditions, in addition to a museum for digital art as well as a contemporary art museum.

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud
Saudi Minister of Culture

“We are delighted to sign this MoU with DGDA, a clear attestation to the synergies and strong collaboration between our two teams. Partnerships such as these are fundamental to our collective mission to support the development and preservation of the cultural ecosystem here in Saudi Arabia. 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 DGDA reflects our shared commitment to preserving the unique history of Diriyah and creating opportunities to promote and celebrate this national treasure.”

This agreement aims to attract and promote investment opportunities by creating incentives to support the private sector, implement various cultural activities and link them to the historical depth of Diriyah, thereby enhancing Diriyah’s position as a global cultural tourism destination.

HE Al Khateeb said that “This partnership will take Diriyah’s cultural and heritage events and activities to the next level. They will be unique and diverse, reflecting its distinctive identity and rich heritage. This will also create a solid platform for investment opportunities by attracting businesses of every kind. It is with great ambition that we look forward to making Diriyah Gate a tourist attraction that combines a historic feel with modern features to become the greatest gathering place. We will work with our partners at the Ministry of Culture to make this strategic goal a reality.”

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