Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.

Saudi Arabia Elected to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee

Another cultural win for the Kingdom!

Saudi Arabia just scored another monumental achievement, the Kingdom was elected on September 10 as a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee for the first time. 

Princess Haifa bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin, who acts as a permanent representative to UNESCO, heads in the Saudi delegation in Paris where the Kingdom’s accession was confirmed in UNESCO’s eighth General Assembly in Paris. 

Saudi Arabia is now adhering to a group of countries that hold memberships in 3 committees: the Executive Council, the World Heritage Committee, and the intangible cultural heritage committee. 

After congratulating the Kingdom on this cultural stride, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Minister of Culture and Chairman of the National Committee for Education, Science and Culture said that the election is proof of the international community’s confidence in Saudi Arabia and its commitment to protecting local culture and heritage, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

“The Kingdom possesses an enormous stock of intangible cultural heritage in various villages, cities and regions, and we will work in the Ministry of Culture through the Heritage Authority to preserve and develop this rich national heritage, and support practitioners of it in all their specialties,” he said. 

As the Kingdom witnesses a cultural renaissance under vision 2030’s plans, the prince added that this decision will positively impact local arts & culture. 

UNESCO will uplift the level of local cultural management to international standards and will contribute to the development of areas of intangible cultural heritage in Saudi Arabia, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan added.  

Share Article

Write a comment