The Arab Organization for Education, Culture, and Science “ALESCO” announced the nomination of “Diriyah” as the capital of Arab culture for the year 2030.
The decision came after the Arab Ministers of Culture approved Diriyah as the Arab Capital of Culture for 2030 at their annual meeting, held under the aegis of ALECSO in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from December 19 to 20, 2021.
According to “SPA,” the decision was reached after the organization’s permanent committee for culture voted in favour. This is the second time a Saudi city has been chosen as an Arab capital for culture, following the selection of Riyadh in 2000.
The nomination of Diriyah as the Arab cultural capital in 2030 will entail the organisation of numerous events including all aspects of culture, including artistic workshops, performances, and so forth.
It’s worth noting that the Arab Organization for Education, Culture, and Science “ALECSO” is in charge of selecting Arab capitals of culture based on its expertise, with each country submitting a proposal and an integrated file on the candidate city to the Arab Organization for Education, Culture, and Science “ALECSO.”
ALECSO reviews the files with the Permanent Committee for Culture before submitting its reports to the biennial Arab Ministers of Culture Conference for approval by the Arab cultural capitals.
History of Diriyah
The history of Diriyah is replete with heroic epics, an ancient past rooted in the depths of history, and a cradle from which the Saudi state started.
Diriyah is a beacon of the continuing legacy of the royal family, and a symbol of the unity experienced by the Saudis, in addition to its historical role in establishing stability and bringing prosperity with the participation of the people of the country in various parts of the country.
Ad Diriyah emerged on the banks of Wadi Hanifa in 1446, when Manea Al-Muridy, the grandfather of the ruling family, came to the region, laying the first building block for the establishment of the state so that this city became an important transit point for pilgrimage and trade caravans.
The city became an important center of stability in a period where the political conditions were almost not good. The Arabian Peninsula was suffering from neglect, disintegration, rivalry, and the spread of ignorance and illiteracy.