Saudi Arabia: An Improved Approach to Protecting Heritage

The Saudi Ministry of Culture represented by the new Heritage Authority embraces a large and qualitative package of programs and projects concerned with the advancement of the national heritage sector with its main components (antiquities, urban heritage, crafts and handicrafts, and intangible heritage) led by the Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan within a professional work system, The Kingdom’s desire to move forward towards placing its heritage on the global map as a sophisticated economic and cultural generator is reinforced.
I have monitored this through my personal observations through the global interest in Saudi heritage, especially by international channels such as National Geographic, Discovery, social media platforms and others, as the interest is in the transfer of all the achievements that include archaeological discoveries, research, rehabilitation and restoration work for sites of monuments and urban heritage.
The programs that were launched to take care of the fields of scientific research and the paths of cooperation with local, regional and international universities and scientific institutes, and the rehabilitation of local scientific centers and Saudi universities to benefit from the experiences of international research centers and foreign universities, which have a long history in the field of archaeological discoveries and excavations, represent an important turning point in the process of caring for cultural heritage. To the Kingdom, and the great interest of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his Crown Prince, is evident through the Ministry of Culture’s announcement that there is a very important message that it would like to announce to the whole world, that there are great efforts in the field of scientific research on cultural heritage, in order to feed the archaeological map with new sites that would be a tributary to the dimension. Civilization in the Kingdom, as well as providing human civilization with many discoveries and artifacts that contribute to changing the cultures and civilizations of the world, and reveal the role of ancient civilizations and kingdoms in the Arabian Peninsula.
The announcement of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in September of the launch of the project to restore urban heritage buildings in the center of Riyadh, confirms the Kingdom’s interest in the history of the Saudi state and the places that witnessed an urban connection with the stages of its establishment and renaissance.
These efforts will unveil the glories of the kingdom extending in the roots of history as a meeting place for human civilizations in different periods of history, and this will reinforce the announcement of the new archaeological discoveries that take place on the land of the Kingdom.

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