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King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture - Ithra - Dharan

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King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture - Ithra, Ring Road, Dhahran Saudi Arabia
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Description

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture,  also known as Ithra is a museum located in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. 

Architecture and History 

The center was built and inaugurated in 2016 with a focus on culture, learning and cross-cultural activities. The building was designed by a Norwegian architectural firm and is an amazing sight with its futuristic architecture. The center was also listed by the Time magazine as one of the top 100 places to visit in 2018. 

Entertainment

The museum is suitable for all age groups and inside the center, one can find a children’s museum, library, cinema, theater, exhibition halls, and a separate gallery for natural history.The theater inside the museum has a 900-seat auditorium.

The center hosts seasonal events, exhibits and workshops that people can sign up for on the museum’s website. An energy exhibit is held in a separate building which showcases multiple interactive displays and gives a detailed explantion about oil refining, production and the energy industry.

The building has a huge library where visitors can sit either to study or marvel at the architecture. Some restaurants and pop ups are also found in the vicinity. The trip to the museum can be very educational and enlightening. It provides an excellent learning opportunity in terms of culture and art especially for children.

The indoor activities are open until 10 pm but most sections begin to close down after 9 pm. Visitors should plan trips of 4 to 6 hours at least in order to experience everything the museum has to offer.

Location

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture - Ithra, Ring Road, Dhahran Saudi Arabia

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Red 1

Red 1

10/07/2022 16:27

Google review

Amazing center with beautiful architecture and design. Has a big library, museum, theatre, energy exhibition and other facilities and sections. Very nice place to spend time with family to learn and have fun. Admission to all sections should be free for students and seniors.
Sapna Sharma

Sapna Sharma

08/27/2022 18:12

Google review

Ithra is amazing structure and very well maintained place. Everything is so well designed made with class of the art material and structures. It has a Hugh multilevel library for the book lover covering all the topics of literature, art, history, science, fiction and lot more. A few nice coffee shops and restaurants inside. Theatre is also a part of it but shows are limited and not everyday which is same with a cinema inside. Energy exhibition is amazing place to learn oil and gas discovery, exploration to reaching a common man with lot videos, exhibits, structures, photos, models, games and lot more.
Lucyna Czajkowska

Lucyna Czajkowska

08/24/2022 12:10

Google review

The place is fantastic! Great respect for the idea, execution and maintenance of a high level! Children's area - great! Lots of curiosities, lots of experiments, workshops of various kinds and very friendly service! Library - respect! Restaurants, cafes, courtyard, hall, entrances - cosmically well done! The exterior of the building - benches, fountains, greenery ... all thought out and well made. Lots of parking spaces. The only remark - entrances, other car parks and other places could be better marked from the parking lot. Amazing place for a family stay and for coming back several times :-)
Jaffer Al-Hamad

Jaffer Al-Hamad

07/28/2022 02:18

Google review

If you want a journey full of knowledge & entertainment for you, your family, and friends, then Ithra is a perfect destination for you ⭐️😍⭐️.. Be prepared for a reasonable amount of time spent there if you want to visit more than a site or division. Visit their website beforehand to plan your trip & route inside (many occasional free & paid activities are held from time to time). Their areas inside the building are fit for any budget (starting Free 😁), but you can plan your time spent their according to your interests & the age of individuals with you, and of course, weekdays are better. Holidays are not recommended if your want a pleasant visit, especially if you it’s your first one ☝🏼😊. Kids will have fun if you prepare their journey according to their ages (Kids Museum is amazing 🤩, despite their SAR 45 which is a bit high price for such a ticket I guess 😬). If an adult is going to stay with a kid, the price tag for his/her ticket is also SAR 25 🙂. The cinema is definitely worth it if you choose the right movie 🎥 .. and if children in your group are in certain age… then they will love the experience 👍🏼). Plan ahead for food 🍱🥤, and a trolley for easy movement if you have a toddler 👶🏻. NOTE: you have to leave the trolley in a specific area if you want to enter the museum ⚠️. 👍🏼 Thumbs up if you find this review helpful… thanks 🙏🏼😊
Αhamed Farid

Αhamed Farid

07/16/2022 01:21

Google review

Very attractive construction and well maintained. Library is very attractive and huge collection. Kids museum is a little expensive. I could not visit the Energy Exhibit building. It was free of cost for visiting but I was late. Timing of the Energy Exhibit is 9.00AM to 8.00PM.
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