Jeddah to build $26.7mn arts centre project

International architectural firm currently designing 'Beyt Jameel'

The Islamic arts centre will be built in Jeddah.
The Islamic arts centre will be built in Jeddah.

The Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah is to build a $26.7mn (SAR 100mn) arts centre funded by Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI).

An international architectural firm is currently designing the “Beyt Jameel” or “Art Jameel” project over 7,000m².

Speaking at a press conference, Ibrahim Mohammed Badawood, managing director of ALJCI, said the organisation had bought the land for the project, Arab News reported.

The centre will be designed to feature an exhibition space specifically for the work of artists who entered the Jameel Prize, an Islamic arts contest, and local and international exhibitions.

Other areas would be designed for educational purposes, including an art laboratory, training rooms for lectures, events hall, cafeteria and retail outlets.

Ten years ago, the ALJCI started renovating the Islamic Art Gallery at the famous Victoria and Albert Museum in London, with the gallery later renamed the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art.

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