About the Commission:

The Museums Commission is concerned with developing this important sector, which highlights the identity of the region and showcases the history of the Kingdom and its deep-rooted authentic culture, through proposing a strategy for museums and working mechanisms in this sector. The commission will also encourage investment in the field. This is to contribute to the development of the sector, which will bring many jobs and tourism opportunities to the region, hence, contribute to raising the quality of museums according to international standards. The commission will work on fostering individuals, institutions and companies to produce and develop museums, in addition to developing educational and professional training programs, and adopting programs and certification bodies specialized in training in the field of museums. Moreover, the commission will work on raising public awareness and interest in museums and highlighting their importance to become a destination for families, youth, tourists, researchers and students. Museums will represent the Kingdom in regional and international forums, organizations and authorities, and organize exhibitions, conferences, events and competitions. The museums sector aims to establish, develop and manage museums. This is done by preserving, enhancing, presenting and interpreting tangible and intangible heritage within the museum for the purpose of education and entertainment.



Establishing museums of Saudi Arabia as inspiring destinations and drivers of cultural and social engagement for citizens, residents and visitors.


Protect, promote and present the heritage of Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world for the purposes of study, education and enjoyment, positioning the Kingdom on the global cultural stage the highest quality standards





Dr. Stefano Carboni has a rich experience in architecture and museums as he previously worked as CEO of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, in addition to his work as an Assistant Professor in the faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts at the University of Western Australia. Dr. Stefano obtained his Ph.D in Islamic Art from the University of London, United Kingdom.


Message from the CEO


Museums were established to be a source of force and pride for countries and their citizens, along with all their history and culture. I feel overwhelmed and proud to occupy this position, which in itself is a completely new experience for me, despite my previous experience that I have built out of a passion for the Arab world in general and Islamic art in particular.

The Museums Commission will consider all pre-existing strategies and missions, and then develop its own strategies to ensure that museums can contribute effectively to promoting tourism in the Kingdom. There is no doubt that museums are an integral part of the society’s fabric, and the interaction with the public is very important. We should not only invite the mean but also make people feel like they are learning something, so there is a stronger educational emphasis besides having an enjoyable time.

What I really hope we can do is create a variety of shows for anyone who wants to visit. We will also work to establish facilities capable of hosting high-level international exhibitions. We must certainly look at the weaknesses in the museums sector in order to work on developing them and reinforce the ideas that will be proposed by the staff of the Museums Commission regarding the types of museums required to be present in the Kingdom. Besides, we are attempting to put forward this strategy to implement it over the next 10 years; For us to be fully prepared for Vision 2030, which the Kingdom's government is keen to push forward.