Al-Ula, the most important cultural heritage site in the north-west of the kingdom, will benefit from international standards in heritage preservation and planning
As a Saudi national, I can testify to the excitement surrounding the way in which many people are now thinking about the future of the kingdom, its place in the world and the speed of that transformation.
With our plans to diversify the economy by investing ambitiously in tourism, visitors from other countries will soon be able to discover the country’s cultural heritage and fascinating ancient past. Saudi Arabia has dramatic desert landscapes, spectacular rock formations and some of the Middle East’s most important ancient sites, including those built by the Lihyanite and Nabataean civilisations of the first millennium BCE and later.
We are committed to best practice in heritage and environmental conservation, but we cannot do this on our own — international partnerships are as vital to cultural success as they are to geopolitical success. In April, Saudi Arabia and France entered a cultural partnership, and in the exchange of academic and archaeological information, we will develop a sustainable tourism and cultural sector.