RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s heritage and museums commissions signed two agreements with the Red Sea Development Company to enhance cooperation to develop museums and national heritage.

The signing ceremony was held in the capital, Riyadh, on Monday, under the patronage of Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, minister of culture and chairman of the Heritage Commission and the Museums Commission.

The memorandum of cooperation between the Heritage Commission and the Red Sea Development Company dealt with five axes, the first of which includes protecting and preserving archaeological and heritage sites and registering the proposed ones on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The second axes relates to research, survey and archaeological excavation, the third is concerned with urban heritage, the fourth deals with the reconstruction of historical mosques, and the fifth defines the cooperation of the two parties in the crafts and handicrafts sector.

The memorandum of understanding between the Museums Commission and the Red Sea Development Company included two axes for joint cooperation. The first focuses on building the first maritime museum and an underwater archaeology center in the Kingdom, and the second deals with identifying potential opportunities in developing museums and galleries.

The two agreements come within the framework of both commissions’ efforts to achieve partnerships with public, private and non-profit sector organizations, with the aim of developing, supporting and empowering the heritage and museum sectors in the Kingdom as part of projects that are managed by the Ministry of Culture and its bodies.

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