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Saudi Arabia Fund for Culture at UNESCO – “Dive into Heritage” to promote and conserve World Heritage sites

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA, September 20, 2023/ — On the prolonged forty fifth session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Riyadh this week, Saudi Arabia and UNESCO organised a aspect occasion on the Dive into Heritage initiative. This groundbreaking undertaking will leverage digital applied sciences to discover and conserve UNESCO World Heritage sites and their associated intangible heritage.

Dive into Heritage has been made potential by means of the help of the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and has seen the workforce develop a web-based platform that can create distinctive methods to digitally expertise World Heritage. The platform harnesses the facility of digital expertise resembling 3D fashions, Digital Actuality (VR), Augmented Actuality (AR), interactive maps and geolocated narratives to recreate a really correct and immersive digital viewing expertise.

The ‘Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Funds-in-Belief for Culture at UNESCO’ was established in 2019, following a dedication of US$25 million from the Authorities to fund UNESCO initiatives in help of the technique and actions for the preservation of heritage. Section I (2022-2024) of the Dive into Heritage initiative will see the event of a platform that permits individuals to digitally uncover World Heritage sites within the Arab States area. A full public launch of the platform is deliberate by the tip of Section I in 2024, when different areas will profit from the Dive into Heritage programme.

Mr Ernesto Ottone, Assistant Director Common for Culture at UNESCO highlighted at his opening remarks that “with Dive into Heritage, we’re getting into a brand new digital period for World Heritage exploration and preservation.

The limitless potential makes use of of Synthetic Intelligence will enable us to remodel the best way during which individuals can expertise heritage. An revolutionary undertaking resembling Dive into Heritage demonstrates the assorted makes use of of AI, bringing heritage sites to life, like by no means earlier than. The narratives and tales this expertise helps create will resonate for generations to come, and allow individuals to dwell a bit of historical past.

The occasion included a panel dialogue the place some key contributors to the undertaking mentioned how expertise can contribute to heritage interpretation and preservation utilizing digital storytelling methods.

Mr. Suhail Mira, Website Administration Historic Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Heba Aziz, UNESCO Chair on World Heritage Administration and Sustainable Tourism at the German College in Oman, Dr Ona Vileikis, ICOMOS CIPA, Mr Olivier Van Damme, UNITAR/UNOSAT and Sheikh Ebrahim Alkhalifa, Appearing Director of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage had been invited to share their views and views on the way forward for the platform.

The occasion was additionally a chance to showcase a few of the first outcomes of this revolutionary undertaking. Video animations of high-resolution 3D fashions of World Heritage sites had been displayed as well as to 3D printed replicas that invited customers to have a better look at the digitisation course of required to construct the Dive into Heritage platform.

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Notes to editors

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is proud to be internet hosting the prolonged forty fifth session of the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Instructional, Scientific and Cultural Group (UNESCO). The session is happening in Riyadh from 10-25 September 2023 and highlights the Kingdom’s dedication to supporting international efforts in heritage preservation and safety, according to the objectives of UNESCO.

The Cultural Growth Fund

The Cultural Growth Fund was based by Royal Decree No. M/45, issued on January 6, 2021, as a growth fund that’s organizationally linked to the Nationwide Growth Fund. The Fund’s institution got here to develop the cultural sector and obtain sustainability by supporting cultural actions and initiatives, facilitating cultural funding, and enhancing the sector’s profitability. Moreover, enabling these concerned about participating in cultural actions and the Fund to have an lively position in reaching the Nationwide Culture Technique’s objectives and the Kingdom’s Imaginative and prescient 2030.

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