The Saudi Ministry of Culture and the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve cooperation between the Ministry, its connected agencies, and the authority.
The MoU lays out a specific roadmap for the coordination, development, and implementation of cultural projects, initiatives, and events. It was signed by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Farhan, the Secretary-General, and DGDA Director, Ahmed al-Khateeb.
The agreement calls for the joint implementation of cultural and heritage initiatives, as well as the development of educational assets within the Diriyah Gate master plan, such as academies for creative writing, performing arts, music, architecture, Arabic calligraphy, culinary traditions, and a museum for digital art and a contemporary art museum.
The agreement calls for the joint implementation of cultural and heritage initiatives, as well as the development of educational assets
The agreement, according to Prince Badr, attests to the two teams’ synergies and excellent coordination. Partnerships, he argued, are critical to the common aim of supporting the development and preservation of Saudi Arabia’s cultural ecosystem. “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,” he said.
The agreement with DGDA, according to the Minister, indicates a shared commitment to conserving Diriyah’s unique history and generating opportunities to promote and celebrate this national treasure.
“We will continue to work with our partners at DGDA to meet the objectives of this MoU with a plethora of cultural and heritage events, activities, and mega-projects in the pipeline aimed at attracting investment and achieving short and long-term sustainability,” the Prince explained.
“We will continue to work with our partners at DGDA to meet the objectives of this MoU with a plethora of cultural and heritage events, activities, and mega-projects”
Khateeb said: “We are honored to sign this MoU with the Ministry of Culture covering various aspects of Diriyah’s development.” He noted that the partnership will take Diriyah’s cultural and heritage events and activities to the next level, and will also create a solid platform for investment opportunities by attracting businesses of every kind.
Diriyah, the Arab Capital of Culture for 2030, will be home to the Ministry of Culture’s headquarters.
Both entities will be able to collaborate on creating awareness programs, events, and marketing activities for movies, music, visual and performing arts, literature, gastronomy, and design as a result of the agreement.