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Saudi Prince Donates $10 Million to Berlin’s Museum of Islamic Art

Alwaleed Bin Talal, the billionaire investor, philanthropist, and member of the Saudi royal family, has donated $10 million to the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin, which is housed in the southern wing of the Pergamon Museum, in support of its exhibitions and educational programming.

Gifted through his Riyadh-based charitable foundation, Alwaleed Philanthropies, the monies will be distributed over the next ten years and will fund a permanent display of Islamic art, to be installed at the Pergamon Museum following a major renovation project, and the institution’s Multaka program, which trains refugees to be museum guides.

“We are happy to have found a partner with Alwaleed Philanthropies,” said Stefan Weber, director of the Museum of Islamic Art. “The foundation has set its cultural and charitable goals beyond the politically difficult and volatile situation in the Middle East—and will continue to do so in the future. In a world of growing populist and extremist currents, such partnerships can help promote open-mindedness in how we view ourselves and others.”

According to the foundation’s website, Alwaleed Philanthropies works to combat poverty, empower women and children, provide disaster relief, and enhance cultural understanding through education.