The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Saudi Arabia, set to open in 2015, is to host displays set up by the British Museum.
The complex in Dharhan is now due to be unveiled in 2015 will host two exhibitions on calligraphy and Saudi Arabian culture.
The cultural centre is being built by the state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco and will be near its oil museum as well as the Prosperity Well, a national landmark that commemorates where oil was first discovered in KSA in commercial quantities.
The cultural centre designed by the Norwegian architects Snøhetta will include a library and archives, host touring exhibitions as well house a museum that will have four main galleries.
It will include exhibitions from prehistoric dinosaur remains through to the history of the human race, as well as focussing on Arabic culture.
The British Museum is also active elsewhere in the GCC . It is providing advice to the Zayed National Museum named after another Arab head of state, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who founded the UAE.