Ministry of Culture, SCTH Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Prepare for Transferring the National Heritage Sector from the Commission to the Ministry


Ministry of Culture, SCTH Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Prepare for Transferring the National Heritage Sector from the Commission to the Ministry

The Ministry of Culture and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage have signed a memorandum of understanding to prepare for transferring the national heritage sector from the commission to the ministry.

His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, the Minister of Culture, and His Excellency Chairman of the Board of the Director Mr. Ahmad bin Aqil Al Khateeb signed the memo on Wednesday in Riyadh. 

The memo includes forming a joint committee to work on implementing the requirements related to transferring the national heritage sector from the commission to the ministry in the next phase.

His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud extended his best gratitude and appreciation for the wise leadership's attention to the cultural sector with its all components, "mainly the heritage, history and identity of the Kingdom that find great interest from King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, may God preserve and protect him",  noting that signing the memorandum of understanding is in line of implementing the ministry its vision document and directives that were announced on Rajab 20, corresponding to March 27, which included the sectors related to the national heritage and initiatives pertaining to the development and improvement of the national heritage. 

His Highness expressed the ministry's keenness to bear this national responsibility and serving it with complete seriousness and commitment to preserving the national heritage and protecting it with all its material and human components, for its being an important cultural value that reflects the indigenous historical identity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His Highness also welcomed the cooperation of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage in the process of transferring the sector, in a way that reflects the attention of both sides.

For his apart, His Excellency Chairman of the Board of the Director Mr. Ahmad bin Aqil Al Khateeb​​ ​extended his gratitude and appreciation for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his Crown Prince, may God preserve and protect them, for the interest the tourism and heritage sectors receive in terms of care and attention.

He said that transferring the national heritage sector from the commission to the ministry, is in conjugation with the commission's focus on the comprehensive development of the tourism sector, in a way that conforms to the Saudi Vision 2030. 

His Excellency added that the transfer follows the establishment of a government institution that is related to culture and it various activities that had not been established when the commission was inaugurated, which required the commission to coordinate with the Ministry of Culture to transfer the heritage sector to it, especially that heritage is a genuine cultural activity, where this sector is affiliated with the ministries and commissions of culture in most countries of the world.

He also referred to the big development in the national heritage sector while it was under the supervision of the commission since its establishment in 1429 H in the fields of antiquities, museums, urban heritage and handicrafts and its industries, pointing out to the sector's local and international achievements through the archaeological discoveries, international archaeological exhibitions, the system of new and developed museums, rehabilitation of heritage sites, the establishment of the national program for handicrafts and its industries, in addition to registering five Saudi sites at the UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites, among other achievements. His Excellency said the biggest achievement is the rise in the society's awareness in the importance of heritage and its national and cultural value, as well as the contribution of government institutions and local communities in preserving it.

His Excellency expressed the commission's pride in what if offered of support and attention to the sector, voicing his appreciation and gratitude for the employees of the national heritage sector, who offered distinguished work and will continue to serve their country and its heritage and history under the umbrella of the ministry.

His Excellency chairman of the commission wished good luck for His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, the Minister of Culture, and the officials of the ministry in supervising the national heritage sector and other cultural sectors, in a way that contributes to developing the cultural sectors in the Kingdom, as part of the Saudi Vision 2030.