The Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science “ALECSO” announced the selection of “Diriyah” as the capital of Arab culture for the year 2030, due to its immortal symbolism at the level of culture locally and regionally, and its remarkable history with a civilized legacy that is still influential today.
The announcement came after the approval of the Arab Ministers of Culture at their annual meeting under the umbrella of the ALECSO, which was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates during the period (from 19 to 20 December 2021 AD), to choose Diriyah as the Arab Capital of Culture for 2030, after That the organization’s permanent committee for culture supported the vote, so that this became the second time that a Saudi city was chosen as the Arab capital of culture, after choosing the capital, Riyadh, in 2000.
The Saudi Minister of Culture, Chairman of the National Committee for Education, Science and Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, for the great support that Saudi culture finds. In all its fields, which resulted in the crowning of Diriyah, which has a great place in the hearts of Saudis, to be a sign of Arab culture.
Historical and cultural richness
The Minister of Culture stressed that the selection of Diriyah as the capital of Arab culture for the year 2030 AD is the culmination of the march of the capital of the first Saudi state, and its historical and civilizational wealth for centuries made it the most prominent historical sites that are full of great movement with a cultural impact that lasts forever, especially since this choice comes after The crowning of the capital, Riyadh, in the year 2000 AD, as the capital of Arab culture, and this enhances the status of two cities that have a high cultural and knowledge value.
Major Saudi projects
Diriyah is experiencing today a major workshop with the royal order to establish the Diriyah Gate Development Authority, in the year 2017 AD; To highlight it within one of the largest major Saudi projects, in return for its cultural and knowledge position, making it the most prominent capital that is full of all its elements, which will become one of the most important global cultural tourism destinations.
The selection of Diriyah as the capital of Arab culture in 2030 will include organizing many events that include all elements of culture, artistic workshops and special performances in theater and cinema, festivals, competitions and cultural weeks, exchanging delegations and artistic teams, rehabilitating existing cultural institutions and developing their performance, fostering creativity and encouraging creators. Supporting intellectuals and revitalizing the cultural arena.
It is noteworthy that the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science “ALECSO” is concerned with choosing Arab capitals for culture, according to its competence, whereby each country submits its proposal and its integrated file on the candidate city, to the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science “ALECSO”, which discusses it through the Permanent Committee for Culture, and from Then it submits its views to the annual conference of Arab Ministers of Culture, to approve the capitals of Arab culture.