Contest puts spotlight on Jeddah heritage

Updated 26 February 2013
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Contest puts spotlight on Jeddah heritage

Prince Turki Abdullah Al-Faisal, president of the Society of Architectural Heritage Protection in Jeddah, and Hani Abu Ras, the mayor of Jeddah, inaugurated the society’s exhibition on Saturday at Naseef House in the city’s historical district of Balad. The event included an award ceremony in honor of the winners and participants of the “Save the heritage of Jeddah” photography contest.
The Society of Architectural Heritage Protection, in cooperation with Jeddah Municipality, organized the photography contest three months ago, encouraging Saudi artists to highlight the city’s beautiful heritage, culture and traditions. The organizers sought to use the power of art as an effective tool in promoting the rich heritage of the city’s old districts and in promoting the country’s culture.
“We organized this contest and exhibition at Naseef House in Balad to draw the public’s attention to the precious heritage present in the old Jeddah area. This is a call for authorities to help us protect and preserve our national treasures,” said Ahmed Al-Shareef, founder of the society.
Meanwhile, Prince Turki praised the efforts of the society and artists for delivering a powerful and artistic advocacy call toward saving Jeddah’s heritage.
Around 70 artists and photographers participated in the contest. The winner of the photography contest was Nada Yahya Aqeel, while Hissa Salaman Al-Moald and Nesreen Jafar Al-Moald were awarded the second and third place respectively.
In the professional artists’ category, Abdullah Nawawi took home the first place prize with Maryam Baflah next and Mohammed Kahal in third place.
Esa Engawi, a famous Saudi photographer and the chief jury of the contest, said that the initiative was a significant step toward protecting the old houses in Jeddah’s historical districts and simultaneously enhancing the tourism activity in the area.
“The plan was to have a record of the old houses so in future the houses can be repaired and refurbished for the purpose of tourism and saving the city’s heritage,” he explained.
Engawi revealed that the society is anticipating the municipality’s help in restoring the old houses.
Mohammed Al-Khosa, an artist, and Sameer Gumaysani, the president of the tour guide society in Saudi Arabia, both agreed that the photography contest has succeeded in drawing greater attention to the downtown area and will help in improving domestic tourism.


Bride chooses Elie Saab as ‘Game of Thrones’ stars wed

Updated 24 June 2018
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Bride chooses Elie Saab as ‘Game of Thrones’ stars wed

DUBAI: Former “Game of Thrones” co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie married Saturday with a church service and a celebration at the bride’s ancestral castle in Scotland.
Leslie looked ethereal in an ivory lace and tulle gown by Elie Saab, with a white floral headpiece worn under a whimsical veil.
The couple and guests arrived for the afternoon service at Rayne Church, close to the 900-year-old Wardhill Castle in northeast Scotland, which is owned by Leslie’s family. Harington, wearing a morning suit, and Leslie smiled at members of the public who had gathered outside the church.
Guests included the pair’s “Game of Thrones” co-stars Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Emilia Clarke, AP reported.
Leslie was walked into the church by her father Sebastian Leslie, an Aberdeenshire councilor and the chief of the ancient Leslie Clan, who wore a traditional Scottish kilt.
Later, the newlyweds were showered with rose petal confetti as they left the church and drove off in a Land Rover festooned with “Just Married” signs to a reception on the castle grounds.

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Harington and Leslie, who are both 31, met in 2012 on the set of the HBO fantasy series, where they played a couple as the characters Jon Snow and Ygritte. Leslie left the cast in 2014 and currently stars in US legal drama “The Good Fight.”
Harington credits Iceland as the backdrop to the beginning of their love story.
“Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical and because it was there that I fell in love,” he told L’Uomo Vogue last year. “If you’re already attracted to someone and then they play your love interest in the show, it’s becomes very easy to fall in love.”
In an interview with The Telegraph in June 2016, Leslie opened up about the relationship.
“He’s not a confrontational person so we don’t ever blow off steam,” she shared. “(He’s) a great man. I’m very proud of him. There’s an understanding that comes with the job, an understanding of being busy and when you have to say, ‘Sorry, I’m just going to bugger off for two months to film.’”
The couple announced their engagement with a notice in the Times of London newspaper in September.
“The engagement is announced between Kit, younger son of David and Deborah Harrington of Worcestershire, and Rose, middle daughter of Sebastian and Candy Leslie of Aberdeenshire,” the announcement read.
“We are absolutely thrilled for Kit and Rose to be marrying today,” Leslie’s father told assembled reporters before the ceremony. “It’s an absolutely lovely day for us.”