Singapore shows interest in Saudi culture

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Updated 30 June 2013
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Singapore shows interest in Saudi culture

A new book collection on Saudi Arabia was launched at the Central Public Library (CPL) in Singapore on Friday, marking the World Day of the Arabic Language.
According to a source at the Singapore Embassy here, the event was inaugurated by Abdullah Saleh Alwashmi, secretary-general of the King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Arabic Language (KAICAL), and Elaine Ng, CEO of the Singapore National Library Board (NLB).
It was attended by Saudi Ambassador to Singapore Mansour Al Mazmomy and Yaacob Ibrahim, minister-in-charge of Muslim affairs and minister for communications and information. 
“The opening of the Saudi book collection at the Central Public Library in Singapore is a sign of the growing interest of Singaporeans in the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia. It is a mark of the growing cultural exchange between our two countries,” said Singapore Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Lawrence Anderson. 
He said that Singaporeans can now discover more about Saudi Arabia through the literary collection donated by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM). 
Available at the CPL, housed in the National Library Building, the collection includes over 200 fiction and non-fiction books on Saudi Arabia’s arts, culture, history, music, customs and traditions.
The donation was the result of a memorandum of understanding signed between the NLB of Singapore and the SACM last year to promote cross-cultural understanding and foster closer ties.
The titles in the collection include “The Saudi Artist Today” by Abdulaziz Ashour featuring the works of 18 Saudi artists of the 1990s who represent the new art wave.
“The Handicrafts of Saudi Arabia” by Abdulla Al-Akeel captures the vanishing trade through captivating photographs. The collection also includes fiction titles by children’s author and illustrator Halla bint Khalid.
At the launch, library visitors tried their hands in Arabic calligraphy and learned about the antecedents of the Arabic language and culture at four public talks. In the coming months, the public can look forward to an interesting line-up of programs and exhibitions on the rich tradition and heritage of Saudi Arabia.
The NLB of Singapore, through its network of 25 public libraries, promotes reading, learning and literacy. The libraries also encourage appreciation and awareness of Singapore’s history through their wide range of programs and collection on Singapore and regional content.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.