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Saudi Arabia to open its own museum of contemporary art

As the Kingdom multiplies its cultural initiatives in order to become a renowned tourist destination, a new large-scale project will soon be launched. The Saudi Ministry of Culture and the Diriyah Gate Development Authority have announced the opening of the Saudi Museum of Modern Art on the outskirts of Riyadh.

After hosting many festivals and sporting events this year, Saudi Arabia now wants to open up to the world of art. In a recent statement, the Saudi Ministry of Culture and the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) announced the upcoming opening of the Saudi Museum of Modern Art. With this first museum, Saudi Arabia aims to stimulate not only tourism but also its cultural sector.

 

What we know about this museum

So little information has been provided, particularly on the choice of the architect who will design the museum or on its opening date. Its location, though, has been disclosed. It is the Bujairi district of Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyadh, which will have the honor of hosting the building. A not insignificant choice when you know that it is the place of origin of the royal family and that the site is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Diriyah, known as “the pearl of Arabia”, is a real Saudi treasure, rich in palm plantations and traditional raw brick architecture.

“Diriyah was chosen as part of the country’s plan to make it an open destination for the world, rich in discoveries and encouraging creative artistic expression.”
Communiqué from the Saudi Ministry of Culture and the DGDA