Giant waterskin on display

Updated 18 January 2013
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Giant waterskin on display

A giant 2.5-meter waterskin may become a major attraction at the Palm and Date Festival currently underway in Riyadh, reported the Saudi Press Agency yesterday.
The waterskin is at the exhibition ground near the Eastern Ring Road and is made of camel skin. It is filled with a sponge material because it cannot be carried manually if filled with water.
The skin was manufactured in 45 days and has the capacity to hold a full tank of water.
Waterskins were used to cool, carry or preserve water before modern cooling technology and water trucks were invented.
The giant waterskin was tanned using traditional techniques and equipped with a wooden holder, said Abdul Rahman Al-Qassim who supervised the making of the container. He said that in ancient times a camel belly preserved a lot of water while traveling in the desert. He hoped that the huge water skin would attract a large number of visitors and familiarize them on how water was cooled and preserved in the past.


Images of a father carrying his disabled son during graduation in Yemen tugs at the heart strings

Updated 19 April 2018
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Images of a father carrying his disabled son during graduation in Yemen tugs at the heart strings

  • Yemeni journalist and photographer Farouk Muqbel took footage of an elderly father in Sanaa

In video footage that will pull at the heart strings of even the most hardened, a proud father can be seen giving his disabled son a piggyback during his graduation ceremony in Yemen.  

The inspiring moment of the elderly man and his son was captured by Yemeni photojournalist Farouk Muqbel, who was filming the graduation ceremony of the Al-Noor Center for the Care and Rehabilitation of the Blind in Sanaa on Wednesday.

The father’s pride can be clearly seen as he carried his son who was graduating from secondary school.

The Al-Noor center was founded in 1967 and serves over 200 students, mostly children, who have visual disabilities.

The center’s manager told Human Rights Watch in 2016 that when the conflict started on March 26, 2015, the Houthis militia set up an office on the ground floor of the kindergarten building and placed guards at the compound’s entrance.