The major goal of the project is to add a much-needed dimension to the study of heritage in Saudi Arabia through a comparative study before and after Salman ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud became the king of Saudi Arabia. During the tenure of King Salman as king, Saudi Arabia has made notable contributions to heritage conservation in this region, especially compared to the previous government. Saudi rulers were condemned for destroying Mecca's past as Wahhābī iconoclasm till recently. Recent remarks and events imply Saudi Arabia is valuing its heritage to change its past. As of today, Saudi Arabia has six heritage sites on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List, and ten more historical sites are on the tentative list. Under Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia has attempted to imitate modern global heritage culture based on the earlier Western agendas to improve international economic and financial governance. However, these rapid changes generate a slew of concerns and challenges about Saudi Arabia's evolving identity.

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Global History and International Relations
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

Omer Halit Ceriter. (2022, August 22). The construction of Heritage in Saudi-Arabia since 2012. Global History and International Relations. Retrieved from