King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra)

8386 Ring Rd, Gharb Al Dhahran, Dhahran 34461, Saudi Arabia

Simona Bertolaso



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Rising 90 meters from the desert, Ithra’s sculpted form dominates both the Dhahran skyline and the region’s cultural scene. Built close to the site where oil was first tapped in 1983, Ithra (the Arabic word for “enrichment”) is a world-class cultural center. The future meets the past in the state-of-the-art building, which spans more than 80,000 square meters and includes a vast library, theater, cinema, ideas lab, and knowledge tower, along with a range of curated galleries and installations designed to inspire, engage, and delight. Little ones will particularly love the Children’s Museum. One visitor to the museum said, “The kids particularly enjoyed playing in a sea of Jenga blocks, the infinity mirror room, the illusion and perspective room, coloring corner, and indoor cave. When it was time to leave, it wasn’t easy convincing our toddler to let go of all the flashy and attention-grabbing displays!”
Look up the center’s packed program of events, workshops, talks, and performances to see what’s scheduled. Entrance to Ithra is free, but events and the cinema require tickets.

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