IHSAI  is an inventory and documentation of intangible cultural heritage in Saudi Arabia done by the Saudi Heritage Preservation Society, through field visits, research and interaction with community membersSince the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage in 2003, it has worked to activate the terms of the treaty through its national institutions. The Saudi Society for the Preservation of Heritage has activated its role as a representative of the community and has embarked on a comprehensive and integrated project based on the inventory and documentation of intangible cultural heritage in all regions of Saudi Arabia.

What is the idea of ​​the inventory?

The Heritage Status project focuses on the ICH in all regions of Saudi Arabia which are part of the inherited cultural heritage. Which fosters a sense of national identity in society and fosters respect for and diversity of cultural diversity, including:

  • Oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage;
  • Performing arts;
  • Social practices, rituals and festive events;
  • Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe;
  • Traditional craftsmanship.


  1. To train a number of academics and specialists in the process of inventorying and documenting the performing arts in accordance with the international requirements of UNESCO, under which the Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage signed by Saudi Arabia.
  2. Development of national inventories of performing arts The local community engaged in documentation with the specialized working group, as well as monitoring secondary details.
  3. Preparation of the necessary materials to assist public sector stakeholders in registering a number of elements  associated with UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. This is divided into three types of files depending on the status of the component (Best Practices, Representative List, Urgent Safeguarding List).
  4. This project is linked to the project of the Museum of Performing Arts in Sirfi House in Jeddah.
  5. Documentary films for each of the performing arts in the Kingdom.
  6. Awareness and awareness programs for performing arts through a number of different channels.
  7. A special archive of the association includes everything related to performing arts to become a source for researchers in this field.
  8. An electronic encyclopedia of performing arts, which will be comprehensive for all that has been limited.
  9. Various electronic applications related to the field of inventory, documentation or presentation.
  10. Publish surveys to allow everyone to participate and to support the files for registration on the UNESCO international list and to use statistics in determining the paths and directions of the work of the project.
  11. A training center for young people interested in the arts and to prevent them from obtaining credits for practice.
  12. Contribute to the preparation of approved lists of performing arts teams in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  13. To contribute to organizing the work of the Saudi performing arts teams and providing them with the necessary support.
  14. Prepare proposals for the rights of practitioners and submit them to the competent authorities for adoption

Where does the inventory spread?

The range of Intangible Heritage Saudi Arabia Inventory:

Riyadh Region: Al Houti, Al Dosari, Al Rababah, Al Samarri, Al Ardhi, Al Horba,

 The Eastern Region : Jalawah, Dawari, Samarra, Tanboura, Ashoori, Al-Luria, Al-Liwa, The Art of Sound,Nham, Magellis,

Al-Ahsa: The Art of the Cross, The Art of Al-Qadri, The Art of Al-Ashoori, The Art of the Samaritan Hassawi,The Art of Dubbing Love

Qassim Region: Al- Houti, Samri Onaiza, Al-Naqouz 

Aseer region: colors of the spirit, the transaction and the hazel, the art of the step, the art of creeping, the cross,the color of the mazur, the color of Zamil, (Mountain roads)

Bisha Governorate: the walking parade, the light pavilion, the windmill, the sparrow, the shillings during agriculture

Al-Baha Area: Al- Samer, Al-Majalasi, Al-Mesbahani, Al-Homs, Al-Hormog

Al-Jawf area – Skaka: Dhamah, Samaritan, cross, shoes, hybrids

Makkah Region : Bahri, Khubaytay, Rudman, Hananani, Al-Azhar, Al-Mazmar, Al-Tairib, Al-Khayali, Dana, Al-Sharqain, Yamani Al-Kaf, Sawat Hijazi

Taif : Al- Majour, Al-Qasimi, Al-Makhmous, Al-Maruba’a, Al-Majalisi, Hayouma, Al-Hadari Al-Qunfudah: the Southern, Zayfa, Al-Rabah, Al-Tilbiyah, Azzawi and Madameer

Northern border : Dha, Al-Rababah, Al-Anjada, Al-Arbaa, Al-Hijra on Camels, Hybrid on the Rababa, Art of  the North,

Jazan Region: Al Dana, Zamil, Zayfa, Sword, Azzawi, Al Maashi, Sword Dance, Hissa (Viva Mountains), Camel Color

Najran Region: Al- Rizafa, Zamil, Drums, Al-Matlothah, Al-Sharhah Al Madinah Al Munawwarah: Al Khabaiti, Al Mazmar, Zair, Al Rujeei, Al Sahaba, Calf, Dalukh,

Yanbu: Al- Hadari, Al-Jamali, Al-Yanabawi, Al-Mawal (Tahrirah), The game of the calf

Hail: samaritan (market), prone, fiddle, Alhgeni, Music charming has been handed children, music in the wedding  room, singing at the mill, sing on horseback (Boots), singing when stripping switchgrass palm, singing when harvested planting, singing with the context of Sawani, Singing construction

Tabuk Region: Al-  Radaihi, Daha, Rababah, Rafaihi, Rayhan, Samari, Sesameiyah, Al-Lal, Al-Hibini