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Saudi Ministry of Culture and DGDA partner to develop educational assets at Diriyah Gate

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Riyadh The Ministry of Culture (MoC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) 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 Culture Minister Prince Badr Bin Abdullah Bin Farhan and 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,” Prince Badr said.

He added: “Today we are entering the next stage of development where we add value to this valuable 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 and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. We will continue to work with our partners at DGDA to achieve the goals of this memorandum of understanding with a plethora of ongoing cultural and heritage events, activities and mega-projects aimed at attracting investment and ensuring short and long-term sustainability,” the Prince pointed out.

Commenting on the partnership, 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, and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman for their great support to Diriyah, Al-Khateeb added, “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. 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 a historic atmosphere with modern features to become the biggest 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 to 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.

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