Diriyah named capital of Arab culture for 2030 – Middle East Monitor
The Saudi city of Diriyah has been chosen as the capital of Arab culture for 2030 by the Arab Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALESCO). Diriyah is the traditional birthplace of the Saudi kingdom.
Announcing the news on Saturday, the Saudi Ministry of Culture said on Twitter: “We are proud to announce that Diriyah will be the capital of Arab culture in 2030, in recognition of its centuries-old history and undying cultural significance – the second city of Saudi Arabia will be chosen, after Riyadh in 2000.”
We are proud to announce that #Diriyah will be the 2030 Capital of Arab Culture in recognition of its centuries-old history and undying cultural significance – the second city of #Saudi Arabia to be chosen after Riyadh in 2000. pic.twitter.com/ofOrWmTom4
— Ministry of Culture of Saudi Arabia (@mocsaudi_en) December 20, 2021
According to Arab Newsthe city, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of At-Turaif District, was endorsed by Arab culture ministers at an annual meeting of ALESCO in Dubai, after the permanent committee of the organization approved a vote in favor of Diriyah.
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As the capital of Arab culture, Diriyah will host a wide range of events and workshops, including cultural and heritage festivals and competitions. The designation for 2030 also coincides with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 which aims to usher in economic and social reforms as it seeks to expand its non-oil business sectors.
Diriyah is already the subject of development and restoration projects, following the establishment of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) in 2017. Last week, the DGDA organized a series of week-long activities in commemoration of UNESCO’s World Arabic Language Day (December 18), with this year’s theme being “The Arabic Language, a Bridge Between Civilizations”.
Founded in the 15th century in Diriyah, the district of At-Turaif was the original capital of the ruling Al-Saud dynasty and served as the seat of power of the Emirate of Diriyah, also known as the First State Saudi. After falling to the Ottomans during the Wahhabi War of 1818, it was replaced as the national capital by the nearby settlement of Riyadh in 1932, when the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded.
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