Scheduled to open in mid-2017, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, also known as Ithra, will be a stunning, modern building of interconnected spaces for exploration, learning, entertainment, and research.
Mirroring the flowing dunes and sculpted rock formations of the Saudi landscape, the Center will blend organically with the outside environment, while housing the very latest technological and thought innovations inside.
Saudi Aramco has always been much more than just an energy company. We believe that we have a mission to make the Kingdom better. In the past, we built roads and schools and launched ambitious health programs; in today’s business jargon, this is corporate citizenship, we believed it was simply our duty using the profits from energy to benefit everyone.
Saudi Aramco chose to build the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture near the Prosperity Well, the Kingdom’s first commercial oil well, bringing to life the Kingdom’s vision of transforming into a knowledge economy and developing an even greater source of wealth: human energy.
Aims to make a positive and tangible impact on the community by focusing on three tracks: disseminating knowledge, sponsoring creativity, and establishing cross-cultural engagement with the world.
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture is Saudi Aramco’s most ambitious citizenship initiative ever and it comes from that core belief that we use energy to build the Kingdom. Energy provides us with the means to ignite potential in our people.
The Center’s iconic architecture rising through the Dhahran skyline narrates the story of our nation’s past and present, and also gives a promising vision of our future. Through the Center’s programs, we teach, inspire, challenge, and engage. Venues facilitate education, debate, and exploration in an environment of ideas, learning, and innovation.
We aim to stimulate minds and inspire new generations of inventors, innovators, and leaders. To move decisively away from a one-resource economy. To get our citizens into the sustainable high-value jobs involved in the design and the creation of ideas and products; to have a nation at ease with the knowledge economy.
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture with its unique architecture rising 90 meters above the Earth’s surface as a shining beacon of knowledge in the Dhahran skyline. The exterior design of the building symbolizes the harmony of the rock formations carved out in the heart of the Arabian Desert. It stands as a striking landmark, and it offers the latest technologies and innovations as well as beautiful works of art.
Progress symbolized through the different parts of the Center. The underground levels represent the rich past, while the ground levels represent the bustling present. Meanwhile, the soaring Knowledge Tower represents the promise of the future. Components below ground – including the archives and the museum – focus on the past. Components at ground level, such as the performing arts spaces, are anchored in the present, and components in the Knowledge Tower, which include the Lifelong Learning Center, soar upward into the future. The iconic build of the Center encompasses high standard features:
King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture
The façade is made from stainless steel tubes that are intricately and individually formed and bent, then wrapped around the building.
The modern building techniques that create the façade are complemented by one of the oldest techniques: rammed earth. A Rammed earth foundation delivers a fireproof, soundproof, well-insulated space using highly compressed natural materials such as sand, gravel and clay.
The building has a number of unique features blending new and old technology and techniques creating interactive programs and exhibits that will engage visitors of all ages.
Guided by LEED’s (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) international standards of excellence, the Cultural Center will be energy-efficient for years to come.
The Children’s Museum
The Center Library
More Information about programs and components: http://www.kingabdulazizcenter.com/components/