COUNTRY PRESENTATION SAUDI ARABIA
THE ROLE OF RESTORATION IN ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL GROWTH POLICIES
Il ruolo del restauro nelle politiche di crescita economiche – culturali
2 September 2021 | h. 10.30 A.M ore 10:30
At the presso ICE Agency Area – Assorestauro | Stand A1
Salone del Restauro – Fiera del Levante, Bari
10.30 A.M. | INSTITUTIONAL GREETINGS saluti istituzionali
- VALERIO DE PAROLIS – Interim Chargé d’affaires incaricato d’Affari ad interim – Embassy of Italy in Riyadh Ambasciata d’Italia a Riyadh
- ENRICO BARBIERI – Director direttore ICE Riyadh Agency
- ROBERTO LOVATO – Head of the Industrial Partnership Office and Relations with International Organisations International Organisations Dirigente Ufficio Partenariato Industriale e Rapporti con gli Organismi Internazionali – Agenzia ICE – ICE Agency
Moderator: Andrea Griletto – Director of Direttore di Assorestauro
10.35 A.M. | SPEAKERS relatori
- DR. JASIR AL-HERBISH – CEO of Heritage Commission, Saudi Ministry of Culture
- ENG. SALEM MABROUK ALKURBI – National Urban Heritage, Saudi Ministry of Culture
“THE HERITAGE COMMISSION’S EFFORS TO PRESERVE THE URBAN HERITAGE AND ARCHAELOGICAL SITES IN THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA”.
11.00 AM | CLOSING OF THE WORKSHOP chiusura dei lavori
Simultaneous Italian/English/Italian translation will be provided during the workshop.
Durante il workshop è prevista la traduzione simultanea italiano/inglese/italiano.
In the context of the Vision 2030 Program, which aims to diversify the economy and reduce dependence on hydrocarbons, Saudi Arabia has decided to invest heavily in tourism, with the ambitious goal of reaching 10% of GDP by 2030. In this prospect Saudi Arabia has launched a series of Giga and mega Projects that involve the creation of new cities and tourist resorts on the Red Sea coast, such as Amaala, Red Sea Project and Neom, and the development and restoration of sites cultural and archaeological sites, including Al Ula, Diriyah and the historic center of Jeddah.
Al Ula hosts the first UNESCO site in Saudi Arabia (the Nabatean city of Hegra, also known as Mada’in Saleh) and other historical and archaeological sites, reopened to the public in autumn 2020.
In recent years, AlUla has been at the center of a strategy that, thanks to the funding provided by the Saudi government as part of the Vision 2030 Program, aims to transform it into an international tourist destination, with the aim of contributing to the Saudi GDP for an of US $ 32 billion annually by 2032.
Diriyah, a historic oasis located along the banks of the Hanifa valley, currently incorporated into the city of Riyadh, represents an important national symbol in the history of Saudi Arabia as an ancient city of the ruling dynasty of the Saud and is intended in the intentions of the Government to become one of the major tourist and cultural attractions of the country, with the creation of museums and the restoration of the old part.
The government also has restoration projects for the historic center of Jeddah and for ancient buildings in Jeddah, Riyadh and other cities in the country.