The Story of Ithra

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) meaning “enrichment” in Arabic was built as part of Saudi Aramco’s vision to be an ambitious initiative for the public. Ithra is the Kingdom’s leading cultural and creative destination for talent development and cross-cultural experiences. Since its opening in 2018, each attraction by Ithra serves as a window to global experiences, celebrating human potential and empowering creativity.

At the heart of Ithra, every component including the Idea Lab, Library, Theater, Cinema, Museum, Children’s Museum, the Great Hall, the Ithra Tower, and the Energy Exhibit strives to support and reinforce the key pillars into exceptional activities and events.

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The pillars include culture, creativity, community, art, and knowledge. With the visionary platforms and key pillars, Ithra continuously offers inspiring workshops, performances, and events.

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.

The building was designed by the Norwegian architectural firm, Snøhetta. It was inspired by the image of a collection of stones symbolizing unity and interconnectedness, offering a purposeful expression; the tower represents the future, the ground floor components represent the present and the underground component preserves the past so we may learn from those who have come before us.


The Center has become an iconic feature 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, the five gallery museum, 315-seat cinema, 900-seat theater, 1,500 m2 Great Hall, and Children’s Museum.

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Ithra Visiting Hours:

Date & Time

Sunday: Closed

Saturday - Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Thursday: 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Friday: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Note: Children’s Museum and Energy Exhibit close their doors two hours before general closing.

Getting to Ithra

8386 Ring Rd, Gharb Al Dhahran, Al Dhahran 34461

To check the Center’s map, click here.
For Visitor Services (Lost & Found, and Ticketing):

To schedule a School or Special Visit, click here

For Media Inquiries, contact

Saudi Arabia: 8001221224
International: +966138169799

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