Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland Dr. Ghazi Al-Gosaibi has attested to the fact that Riyadh was selected as Cultural Capital of the Arab World for the year 2000 as a result of the Kingdom's educational, cultural and intellectual successes. He confirmed that the government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz continually extends its care and interest to the fields of culture, providing incentives for its promotion. Saudi Arabia, he said, is concerned with building up its citizens academically and scientifically, opening to them the potential of international knowledge, and linking all national occasions with culture. He cited the celebrations last year on the centennial of the event that led to the Kingdom's founding by King Abdul Aziz Bin Abdulrahman Bin Saud. In addition, he said, there is the annual Jenadriyah Festival for Culture and Heritage, an international event that receives praise from western and Arab scholars alike, and there is also the King Faisal International Prizes that cover religious and scientific as well as literary fields.
The Royal Saudi Embassy in London has implemented a number of cultural programs to highlight Riyadh as Arab Cultural Capital for the year 2000. These include lectures, symposia and poetry meetings, including an address by Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz at the Saudi Information Center tomorrow, May 9, 2000. In a few weeks' time, there will be the Asir Art Exhibit, which will be honored by the presence of Prince Charles, Britain's heir apparent, as well as Governor of Asir Province Prince Khalid Al-Faisal.