Ithra: The Creative Hub Driving Saudi Arabia’s Cultural Renaissance

The King Abdulaziz International Center for World Culture promotes cultural development within the Kingdom.
It’s impossible not to be awestruck by the monolith, 90 metres (295 feet) high, that towers over the Ring Road in Dhahran. The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture is the eastern province’s most iconic landmark and the epicentre of art and culture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Voted one of Time magazine’s World’s Greatest Places in 2018, Ithra, which means ‘being rich from knowledge’ in Arabic, just celebrated its first anniversary. Plans for the centre were announced by Saudi Aramco in 2008 and in December 2017, after almost a decade, the building was inaugurated by King Salman bin Abdulaziz. The enormous facility contains a 220,000-volume library, theatre, cinema, museums, galleries, an energy exhibit, archives and an Idea Lab and Knowledge Tower that includes 18 floors of educational space for workshops.

There is an outside area for your kids to play and there is some activity for the family in the garden.

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