King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture
Now under construction, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture is a bold new initiative on the part of Saudi Aramco to promote cultural development within the Kingdom. Located on Dammam Dome in Dhahran, the iconic structure will stand alongside the site of Prosperity Well No.7, the first well in Saudi Arabia to yield oil in commercial quantities. The Center will contribute to the future of the Kingdom and the humanity of the planet by promoting knowledge, cross-cultural understanding and an appreciation of diversity. The Center will be home to multiple facilities that will include world-class cultural facilities including performance facilities, a multimedia theater, a major public library, a children’s center, an exhibition hall, a museum and an archive amongst other learning and public amenity facilities. One particularly innovative component will be known as the Keystone, a program space conceived as an ideas incubator and solution generator for real-world problems. Dedicated to honoring Arab heritage, connecting Saudis to their culture and bringing world cultures to the Kingdom, the Center aspires to be a powerful stimulus for the development of new ideas, perspectives and relationships.
Lord Cultural Resources developed the institutional “software” for the project: the programmatic and organizational framework for the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture. The work included the temporary exhibition programming, strategic positioning and recruitment, and training for the Center’s personnel. In addition, Lord Cultural Resources developed an integrated business plan for all components of the Center (and including central operations) and Lord Cultural Recruitment has also been engaged to provide training and recruitment services and ongoing implementation services to Opening Day.