Saudi Arabia - Arts/Galleries

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Saudi Arabia - Arts/Galleries

The cultural norms for the arts/galleries industry in Saudi Arabia includes the use of art as a reminder of history, creating a means of communication and cultural awareness with other countries and teachings to its citizens.

CULTURAL NORMS FOR THE ART/GALLERIES INDUSTRY IN SAUDI ARABIA

HISTORY AND NATIONAL SYMBOL

SHARING CULTURE WITH OTHER NATIONS

INVESTMENTS THAT LEAD TO CULTURAL AWARENESS

COMPANIES IN THE ARTS/GALLERIES INDUSTRY

ARAMCO

THE MISK FOUNDATION

Research Strategy:

Our research began by searching for a list of billionaires in the Middle East, which we found on Forbes. We decided to utilize the list to help guide our research. However, most of the individuals on the list were involved in oil, dairy, and investments, which were unrelated to art. Nonetheless, we discovered that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was very much engaged in art and desired to be a leader in the industry. Information regarding his attitude and initiatives were provided as he is also a billionaire in Saudi Arabia.

The norms were chosen based on Saudi Arabia's position on art and culture, where the focus is on Islamic heritage, historical buildings, customs, and style. Our selection was guided by the cultural traditions of the country and provided by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We also assumed that since the information was mentioned neutrally in Saudi Arabian news articles, they abide by the laws of the country as there were no negative connotations associated with them.

Since the sources made references solely to people with high incomes such as kings, princes, presidents, and prime ministers, we assumed that the information provided relates solely to high-income individuals. The average person was not mentioned as those who frequent art events, including exhibits at the Red Palace, in Saudi Arabia.

Key players in the art/gallery industry were selected based on their role as they were major funders and supporters in establishing art/gallery institutions.



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