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Ithra is unlike any other. Ithra stands as a beacon of change in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and as a window to global experiences. As the world progressively evolves, Saudi Arabia is transforming at an even greater pace. At Ithra, we celebrate human potential as the greatest source of change; we focus on accelerating that potential by encouraging creativity, inspiring minds, and empowering talent.
A project by Saudi Aramco serves as the advancement for the public. Saudi Aramco envisioned Ithra to be an environment for transformative experiences to unlock the power of potential through mastery in arts, science, literature, and innovation. Our facilities include Idea Lab, Library, Ithra Theater, Cinema, Ithra Museum, Children’s Museum, Energy Exhibit, The Great Hall, and the Ithra Tower; all of which are housed to provide engaging and revolutionary experiences.
The Center serves the Kingdom as a new, invigorating source of limitless potential and flowing knowledge to feed minds eager to learn, create, and produce. Ithra stands to transform a new tomorrow equipped with a knowledge-based society that celebrates innovation and its traditional culture with the evolving times the nation is embracing.
Ithra aims to make a tangible and positive impact on human development by inspiring a passion for knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement for the future of the Kingdom.
At Ithra, we envision a future in which Saudi Arabia is a beacon for knowledge and creativity.
Ithra is a project pioneering in innovation, culture, and knowledge founded by Saudi Aramco. The ambitious center began work on May 20, 2008. The opening ceremony celebration was attended by His Majesty the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, may he rest in peace, who laid the cornerstone of the project. Ithra opened its doors to the public in 2018.
The Ithra building was designed as a collection of stones symbolizing unity by the Norwegian architectural firm, Snohetta. Just as the location was symbolic, the building was designed with a purposeful expression of time; with the tower representing the future, the ground floor components represent the present, and the underground components preserve the past.
The iconic Center has become an iconic architecture in Dhahran’s skyline, the building and its facilities cover over 80,000 m2. The impressive structure includes the four-floor Library, 18-floor Ithra Tower, three-floor Idea Lab, Energy Exhibit, five gallery Museum, 315 seat Cinema, 900 seat Performance Arts Theater, 1,500 m2 Great Hall, and Children’s Museum.
The making of the structure is composed of stainless steel tubes, intricately and individually formed and bent, engulfing around the building. The modern technique implemented are supported by an older technique: rammed Earth. Rammed Earth basis constitutes for a fireproof, soundproof, and well-insulated space utilizing highly compressed natural materials such as sand, gravel, and clay from around the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Utilizing a medley of established and innovative techniques, the building is guided by LEED’s (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) international standards of excellence, promising energy efficiency for years. Ithra is a Gold LEED certified structure.
Visiting times of Ithra center:
Monday: 9:00AM – 10:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM – 10:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM – 10:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 11:00PM
Friday: 4:00PM – 11:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 10:00PM
Note: Children Museum closes its doors one hour before general closing.
Note: Entrance gate closes one hour before closing time.
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