The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) is a cultural and educational hub in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia aims to accelerate human potential by encouraging creativity, inspiring minds, and empowering talent. Since its opening in 2018, Ithra has attracted over 3 million visitors to its various facility, programs, and events.
Ithra is a unique architectural landmark that houses a cinema, a library, a museum, a theatre, and an exergy exhibit. It also offers a range of attractions for visitors of all ages and interests, such as workshops, lectures, festivals, exhibitions, and performances. Ithra's museum has a small but growing collection of rare objects, including a folio from the Blue Qur'an and a fragment of a manuscript of the Holy Quran from about 750 CE.
Ithra is open to the public from Saturday to Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM, Thursday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM, and Friday from 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Sunday is closed. Visitors can book their tickets online or through the Ithra app. They can also join the Ithra community and volunteer for various roles and activities.
Ithra is more than just a cultural center. It is a beacon of change in Saudi Arabia, and symbolic of the Kingdom's shift towards human energy based in culture, creativity, and innovation. By attracting millions of visitors to date, Ithra has demonstrated its success in fulfilling its vision of enriching the lives of people and communities.