Diplomats all praise for rich Saudi heritage and culture

Updated 14 January 2013
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Diplomats all praise for rich Saudi heritage and culture

US Ambassador to the Kingdom James Smith, along with an accompanying delegation, recently visited the ongoing Exhibition of Salman bin Abdulaziz: Leadership in Architectural Heritage, currently being held at the National Museum at King Abdulaziz Historical Center in Riyadh.
He expressed his admiration of the show, describing it as a window for the Kingdom’s architectural heritage. He said the exhibition enables visitors to witness the Kingdom’s cultural richness and its civilizational depth.
Ambassador Smith said: “What we have seen of civilizational landmarks as reflected by the exhibition’s paintings, and replicas of architectural projects, confirms the continual building of civilization by the Saudi people. At the same time, it clearly demonstrates the intensive efforts of Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, in the service of heritage.”
He said that the crown prince enjoys deep insight in supporting the national heritage and paying attention to it, and his efforts in this area surpass local and regional arenas, and this is clear in his support of the “Saudi Archaeological Masterpieces exhibition,” which was recently inaugurated by Prince Sultan bin Salman, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), in Washington.
The US ambassador described the National Museum as a prominent civilizational landmark in the city of Riyadh, and said its contents confirm the Kingdom’s cultural and civilizational depth. Meanwhile, a delegation of the Chinese Embassy in the Kingdom headed by Chinese Cultural Attaché Lee Wudeh Chan, which recently visited the Prince Sultan exhibition, was also all praise for Saudi Arabia’s architecture and civilization. Chan said the exhibition emphasizes the great diversity and uniqueness of the architectural heritage of the Kingdom, and also reflects the genius of the Saudi people and their skills in the field of architectural heritage.


Startup of the Week: Sketching one’s own path to success

Updated 13 November 2018
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Startup of the Week: Sketching one’s own path to success

  • Turkistany used the Moshkhmt character to draw a full graphic novel that was exclusive to Comic Con Dubai 2018 and will be published soon in the Middle East

JEDDAH: When people attain a high level of creativity and are able to dive into their imaginations, they tend to create their own world and maybe their own creatures in their head. This is how a creative young Saudi artist defined her brand, Moshkhmt.
The word “Moshkhmt” is Saudi slang meaning pencil scribble. As the name suggests, it is all about one’s power of imagination. It is all about one’s unique perception of the world and to express it through a simple sketch without uttering a word.
Haneen Turkistany, 24, the founder of the brand, explained: “Fear was the main motive for me to start and create the character Moshkhmt.”
Turkistany used the Moshkhmt character to draw a full graphic novel that was exclusive to Comic Con Dubai 2018 and will be published soon in the Middle East.
The brand offers products such as sketchbooks, notebooks, pins, stickers and wrapping sheets with creative signs and logos using the character Moshkhmt. It also focuses on the moon, stars and the outer space. All products are available at @crate.ksa.
Explaining the basic concept and aim of Moshkhmt, Turkistany said: “Moshkhmt is there in each one of us, young and old. It is there in our memories and dreams, our joy and pain. It could be a loved one or a target we aspire to achieve. Moshkhmt is not just a brand. It is a story in every heartbeat, and I can say that life is mainly my audience.’’
Such startups encourage the creative side of all talented Saudi youths, as they make them realize the ultimate goal in life is not just material well-being or to run after wealth. With the right attitude and using one’s talent in a positive manner, wealth and success follow. This is what Turkistany believed in and launched her brand in July 2017.
She is not only an artist but also an intellectual with a message to convey to the world. “All I wish for is that people should stop underestimating the power of their feelings (and ideas),” she said.
Turkistany is working on getting her brand recognized for its main concept and plans to continue developing her sketches and character to achieve international recognition.