The Kingdom’s first dedicated Ministry of Culture was created by royal order in June 2018.

The establishment of a dedicated ministry for culture is in alignment with the Vision 2030 objective to preserve and promote Saudi culture. The aim of the Ministry of Culture is to provide leadership in the cultural sector and enrich the lives of the people of Saudi Arabia.

The Ministry is led by the Kingdom’s first dedicated Minister of Culture, His Highness Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud.

The Ministry of Culture will work with different entities within the cultural ecosystem. The Ministry’s role is to promote culture across the Kingdom.

The Ministry has identified 16 sub-sectors on which it will focus. These are:

  • Film

  • Museums

  • Books and Publications

  • Natural Heritage

  • Fashion

  • Visual Arts

  • Architecture and design

  • Music

  • Archaeological and Cultural Landscapes

  • Theater and Performing Arts

  • Culinary arts

  • Heritage

  • Cultural Festivals and Events

  • Language and Translation

  • Literature

  • Libraries

We have used the UNESCO definition of culture, which is:"[Culture] is that complex whole which includes knowledge, beliefs, arts, morals, laws, customs, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by [a human] as a member of society." 

The vast majority of events will continue to be organized by other entities within the cultural sector. However, the Ministry will organize some flagship events.