Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture and Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) have both signed an agreement that will allow both parties to help preserve the Kingdom's cultural heritage. The memorandum seeks to develop and preserve the cultural sector with new projects, initiatives, and research, as well as providing educational assets for artistic and cultural sector within Diriyah Gate.
"Partnerships such as these are fundamental to our collective mission to support the development and preservation of the cultural ecosystem here in Saudi Arabia," His Highness Prince Badr Bin Abdullah Bin Farhan, the Kingdom's Minister of Culture, commented about his ministry's partnership with DGDA. He then added that the memorandum will be instrumental in protecting the Kingdom's heritage sites while preserving its cultural sector, as he gave thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
"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. This will also create a solid platform for investment opportunities by attracting businesses of every kind," Ahmed Al-Khateeb, the Kingdom's Minister of Tourism, and member of DGDA's Board of Directors, had stated.
Aside from this landmark agreement, Saudi Arabia has been taking key steps this year in developing and preserving its culture. For instance, last week, Deputy Minister of Culture Hamed Bin Mohammed Fayez signed an agreement with the South Korean CJ ENM Co., LTD in Seoul, which aims to boost joint co-operation in the entertainment sector including films, music, and events. His Highness Prince Badr was also in attendance.
The Kingdom has also been spearheading its initiative to introduce music into its school curriculum. Since last year, it had been looking into introducing music lessons to both public and international schools, as well as providing necessary support. Presently, around 100 schools stand to benefit from the Kingdom's initiative aimed at supporting its artistic and musical heritage.