The strategic approach is driven by four key principles:

Mission Statement

The Ministry published our Cultural Vision for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the 27th March 2019. This document provides the framework which the Ministry of Culture will adopt in support of the Kingdom’s cultural sector.

The document identifies three central objectives:

These objectives are closely aligned with the three strategic pillars of Vision 2030, which are to create a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation.

The Ministry will seek to realize the cultural sector’s potential, bringing all aspects of the Kingdom’s rich cultural heritage into the daily life of Saudis – it will enrich the lives of the people of Saudi Arabia.

Culture is a broad term, and the Ministry has identified 16 priority sub-sectors where it will focus its work. The intention of this is to create a Ministry which can effectively champion causes across the sector. The Ministry will also create 11 new bodies, reporting to the Ministry which will focus on these sectors.

The Ministry has identified 16 sub-sectors of focus:



Archaeological and Cultural Landscapes

Theater and Performing Arts

Cultural Festivals and Events

Books and Publications

Architecture and Design

Natural Heritage



Language and Translation

Culinary Arts



Visual Arts


First Group of Cultural Initiatives:

  1. King Salman International Complex for Arabic Language

  2. Cultural Fund

  3. Red Sea International Film Festival

  4. Culture Scholarship Program

  5. Ad-Diriyah Biennale

  6. National Theatre Group

  7. National Music Band

  8. One Stop Shop for Licensing and Permitting

  9. Houses of culture

  1. Art Academies

  2. Books for All Initiative

  3. Culture Awards

  4. Arts and Literature Magazines

  5. Specialized Museums

  6. National Film Archive

  7. Arts and Culture Sabbaticals

  8. “Tarjim” Program for Translation

  9. Cultural Festivals

  1. Children’s Culture Program

  2. Documentation of Oral Traditions and Intangible Heritage

  3. Annual Contemporary Arts Exhibition

  4. Public Libraries Development

  5. Fashion Weeks

  6. National Culinary Festival

  7. Art in Public Spaces

  8. Artist Residency Program

  9. Saudi Cultural City

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