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Updated: Sep 21, 2022

The wisdom of yesterday and the vision of tomorrow all come into one place, one roof and one institution that elucidates the significance of the natural history, its influence on the present time, the impact and outcome to the world for tomorrow, and benefits to the future generations of our actions today.

The relations between arts and sciences, economic sustainability, social profit, and modern technology without sidelining the importance of conserving the environment; are conveyed in one classy platform.

The exchanges of influences under common beliefs between people and countries, regardless of culture and traditions, are showcased in one gallery.

The eye-catching architectural design of the building alone is an expression already what benefits it could give to every visitor, inspire and motivate them to do better, and contribute to the thrust of rebuilding the world into a healthy planet for the generations to come.

That’s how I can describe the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Dahran, Saudi Arabia.

My visit here was getting so much more than what I was expecting. Fabulous designs of the building, exterior and interior, the displays, and the subjects tackled in its galleries were impressive, knowledge enriching, and motivating. Every corner, angle, and the collection has plenty of details and stories.

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King Abdulaziz Center For World Culture, also known as Ithra, was opened in 2017. Since its inauguration and opening, it has become one of the top places to visit in Eastern Province. Saudi ARAMCO manages the operation.

Click the arrow tab to see different images of the building from the outside.

See images of the subjects at the gallery of Natural History below.

What To Expect

  • Tight Security Check but with well-mannered security staff (which is necessary).

  • Fascinating Landscape and views outside the building

  • 5-star hotel lobby, gallery, and state-of-the-art theatre

  • Revealing historical education and information

  • Interactive facilities

  • Amazing and entertaining displays

  • Library

  • Souvenirs shop

  • Accommodating staffs


  • Camera - Allowed upon getting inside the compound, outside the compound – No

  • Roaming and enjoying the beautifully landscaped gardens

  • Car Parking inside the compound (designated parking area)


  • Smoking

  • Littering

  • Vandalizing

  • Annoying noise inside and outside the gallery

Quick Facts

Name: King Abdulaziz Center For World Culture

Location: 8386 Ring Rd, Gharb Al Dhahran, Dhahran 34461

Entrance Fee: SR35.00 Morning

SR55.00 Afternoon

Operated by: Saudi ARAMCO

Admission Info (Copied from Saudi ARAMCO ITHRA Webpage)

Visiting times of Ithra center: Monday: 9:00AM – 11:00PM Tuesday: 9:00AM – 11:00PM Wednesday: 9:00AM – 11:00PM Thursday: 9:00AM - 11:00PM Friday: 4:00PM – 11:00PM Saturday: 9:00AM – 11:00PM Sunday: Closed Note: Children Museum closes its doors one hour before general closing.

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