Ali Al-Mutairi, director of the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture

Ithra Director Ali Al-Mutairi
Updated 25 October 2018
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Ali Al-Mutairi, director of the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture

  • Ithra celebrated the opening of its museum’s first exhibitions this week

Ali Al-Mutairi is the director of the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra). Since Ithra was launched in 2017, Al-Mutairi’s mission has been to establish the center as the go-to venue for public education and entertainment.

This mission has been achieved through the incorporation of high-quality facilities such as museums, film screenings, auditoriums, exhibition halls and a grand library.

Ithra celebrated the opening of its museum’s first exhibitions this week. The opening was part of Tanween, Ithra’s creativity season, a 17-day event that explores creativity in art, music, film, theater, science, literature, cultural heritage and entrepreneurship. 

Al-Mutairi said the museum is an essential part of Ithra. It seeks to spread knowledge, foster cross-culture interaction and sponsor national content by attracting visitors to the exhibitions and the varied interactive performances. 

Al Mutairi earned his bachelor’s degree in public relations and image management from King Saud University in 1988. He received a postgraduate diploma in marketing from the Institute of Public Administration in 1992. 

Before becoming director of Ithra, Al-Mutairi was director of public affairs for Aramco Services Co. in Texas, manager of public relations for Saudi Aramco and manager of the corporate affairs services department for Saudi Aramco.

This week’s opening event at Ithra showcased film screenings. Visitors got a glimpse of the many galleries from contemporary Saudi and Middle Eastern art, Saudi identity and heritage, Islamic art and its impact, and concluding with the natural history of the Arabian Peninsula. 

The 6,000-square-meter museum includes four galleries that showcase the best of Islamic and Saudi history, as well as Middle Eastern modern and contemporary art.


Sandstorm envelops Riyadh skyline

Updated 5 min 15 sec ago
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Sandstorm envelops Riyadh skyline

  • Heavy dust clouds hampered visibility, affected temperatures and caused substantial traffic delays
  • Police in Riyadh warned motorists to drive slowly and use headlights

RIYADH: A sandstorm hit Riyadh on Tuesday, enveloping the city in heavy dust clouds that hampered visibility, affected temperatures and caused substantial traffic delays.

Though not infrequent at this time of year, the storm still created unfavorable conditions, with temperatures dropping from 19 to 6 degrees Celsius, humidity peaking at 24 percent, and wind speeds reaching 40 kilometers per hour.

Police in Riyadh warned residents to take care, whilst telling motorists to drive slowly, use headlights at all times and exercise restraint. People with respiratory conditions, meanwhile, were also advised to avoid going outside where possible.