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Saudi-French Cultural Ties Strengthened By Ministerial Meeting

Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan met with his French counterpart Rima Abdul Malak in Paris on Tuesday, in a sign of the growing cultural ties between the two countries.

The meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the 172nd General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), was an opportunity to discuss ways to enhance cultural relations and cooperation between Saudi Arabia and France.

Prince Badr praised his French counterpart's official visit to the Kingdom earlier this year, during which a partnership agreement was signed between the Royal Commission for AlUla and the Centre Pompidou, one of the world's leading cultural institutions.

He also highlighted Saudi-French cultural cooperation through various initiatives and events, such as:

  • Participation of the Theatre and Performing Arts Commission at the Paris Fair, where Saudi artists showcased their talents and creativity.

  • The participation of the Film Commission at the Cannes Film Festival, where Saudi films and filmmakers received international recognition and acclaim.

  • The cooperation between the Islamic Arts Biennale and the Louvre Museum, where the former's artifacts will be displayed at the world's largest and most-visited museum in 2024.

The two ministers also discussed ways to enhance cultural relations and cooperation between the Saudi Libraries Commission and Bibliotheque Nationale de France (the National Library of France), which holds a rich collection of manuscripts, books, and documents related to Saudi Arabia and its history.

The meeting reflects the shared vision and commitment of Saudi Arabia and France to promote cultural exchange and France to promote cultural exchange, dialogue, and diversity, as well as to support the development of the cultural sector in both countries.

Saudi Arabia has been pursuing a cultural transformation under the framework of Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to diversify its economy, empower its people, and open up its society. The Kingdom has established several cultural entities and initiatives, such as:

  • The Ministry of Culture, oversees 16 cultural commissions that cover various fields of arts and heritage.

  • The Cultural Development Fund, which provides financial support for cultural projects and programs.

  • The Quality of Life Program, which aims to improve the quality of life for citizens and residents by enhancing their access to cultural, recreational, and sports activities.

The Kingdom has also been active in hosting and participating in regional and international cultural events, such as:

  • The G20 Summit in Riyadh in 2020, featured a rich cultural program that showcased Saudi Arabia's culture and heritage to the world.

  • The Riyadh Season Festival in 2019, attracted more than 10 million visitors and offered more than 3000 events across various genres and disciplines.

  • The Expo 2020 Dubai, where Saudi Arabia will present its pavilion under the theme "The Sky is the Limit", highlights its achievements, aspirations, and culture.

Saudi Arabia has also been bidding to host Expo 2030 in Riyadh, under the theme "Together for a Foresighted Tomorrow", which focuses on technology, innovation, sustainability, and global cooperation. The Kingdom has allocated $7.8 billion worth of investments for Expo 2030, which will cover the construction of a state-of-the-art venue, the provision of world-class services and facilities, and the development of various programs and initiatives to support the participation of countries and stakeholders.

The Kingdom has also committed to providing equal exhibition spaces for all participating countries, regardless of their size or economic status. The Kingdom will also offer a generous assistance package of $343 million to help 100 countries in areas such as pavilion construction, maintenance, technical support, travel, and events. Moreover, the Kingdom will work with its leading partners worldwide and provide sector companies to develop more support programs for the Expo.

The BIE members will vote on the host city for Expo 2030 at their next General Assembly in November 2030.

Saudi Arabia's bid for Expo 2030 is another example of its cultural vision and leadership. It is also a testament to its strong friendship and partnership with France. Together for a foresighted tomorrow!



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