Following on from the news that Saudi is opening the country to tourists thanks to a new tourist visa, the Kingdom is adding to its impressive list of tourist attractions with a Museum of Modern Art.
Set to open in the Bujairi neighbourhood in the town of Ad Diriyahis, the Kingdom is hoping that the area will be develop into a creative hub, which will in turn, bolster tourism.
Within the area is the Unesco world heritage site of At-Turaif, and although this hasn’t been open to the public since 2010, the Ad Diriyah space is scheduled to open in January 2020, in line with Vision 2030.
On its website, the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) says it is committed to “developing Diriyah as a cultural, recreational and tourism centre, making it an open destination for the world, rich in discovery, and encouraging creative artistic expression.”
According to a statement by Saudi Arabia's state-owned news agency SPA, the museum project will be designed based on modern creative concepts that are influenced by traditional and local architectural styles.
However, there is currently no information about specific artworks the museum will acquire or if it will promote local artists or international names.