Dar Al-Uloum Initiative


The Dar Al-Uloum Initiative started as a renovation project for the Dar Al-Uloum Library in Sakaka, Al Jouf. The library is the headquarters and the oldest building under the Abdulrahman Al Sudairy Cultural Center. Built in 1978, the library is in need of repair, both to maintain the quality of service provided to the community as well as revise its uses and functions in response to the needs of today.

Hence in 2017, AACC launched the Dar Al-Uloum Initiative, which includes three components:

on the documentation and study of the redesign of the Dar Al-Uloum Library, this includes Al Faisal University, Dar Al Hekma University, University of Dammam and MIT.

  • Over the past year AACC collaborated with MIT, Al Faisal University, Dar Al Hekma and University of Dammam to conduct research on the redesign of Dar Al-Uloum Library
  • Each school took on specific themes (construction material, interior architecture, sustainability, local vernacular,…etc.) aimed to rethink the library’s space and function
  • Research and student designs have contributed to the development of a brief that will be used to guide bidding architecture firms participating in a competition to redesign the library.

which aims to update the discussion on architecture in Saudi Arabia. The conference is hosted in collaboration with Al Faisal University, February 2018.

  • Architecture for the Future: Education, Research & Practice conference is organised by AACC taking place in Al Faisal University in Riyadh in February 2018
  • The conference will engage the design community in critical thought relating to architecture. How can architectural design, education and research rethink structures and functions?
  • The event brings together relevant partners and will be geared towards architects, designers and students to discuss issues related to architecture as it relates to culture and quality of life

which invites local and international designers to participate in a design competition and submit proposals for upgrading the Dar Al-Uloum Library.

  • An international architecture competition will be launched during the conference to renovate Dar Al-Uloum library.
  • The competition brief was developed as a result of the university partnerships; it will guarantee that the space will be upgraded aesthetically and programmatically in order to improve the quality of life of the surrounding community in Al Joaf
  • Students involved in the research will be given the opportunity to be involved in the remaining stages of the project, offering them useful on the job training.

Abdulrahman Al Sudairy Cultural Centre

The Abdulrahman Al Sudairy Cultural Centre (AACC) aims to provide a platform for cultural and literary exchange within the local community as well as at the broader national and international level. Dar Al-Uloum Initiative is the latest addition under AACC, with a focus on architecture. That said, AACC has a lengthy history, especially in Al Jouf Northern region of Saudi Arabia. Over the past fifty years it has built libraries, schools, mosques, and complimentary programs such as preservation of heritage buildings and development of a hotel to facilitate for tourism.

In addition to management of physical spaces, the Centre has two publishing and research outlets that cover contemporary interests of the region as well as historical findings in the Al Jouf and Al Ghat regions. The foundation produces 10-12 issues yearly, 6 of which are journals and magazines and 4-6 of which are selected books. As of 2017, 36 issues have been published of Admatu, a semi-annual archaeological journal that covers the archaeological studies of the Arab World, and 56 issues have been published of Al Joubah, a quarterly literary cultural magazine which highlights outstanding achievements of the residents of Al Joaf region and Al Ghat, and 8 issues of the Rahmania Annual Seminar Papers, published in collaboration with Princeton University Centre for Transregional Studies. The Centre has additionally funded 12 field research projects conducted within the region under the supervision of Saudi academics and research scientists.