Sri Lankan officials welcome first group of Hajis

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Updated 16 September 2013
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Sri Lankan officials welcome first group of Hajis

The first Haj flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims was welcomed by Sri Lankan Ambassador Vadivel Krishnamoorthy, Consul General Adambawa Uthumalebbe and other Haj officials on Friday at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.
This year a total of 2,240 Sri Lankan pilgrims will perform Haj. On Saturday 175 pilgrims have arrived, 200 arrived on Sunday and the rest will arrive by Oct. 9 on flights by Sri Lankan Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Uthumalebbe told Arab News that this year a medical team of four doctors with five assistants are included.
They will facilitate Sri Lankan pilgrims who need medical treatment during Haj. The consulate in Jeddah will hire 25 volunteers to guide and help the pilgrims during Haj rituals.


Culture authority showcases Saudi creativity in Portugal

A variety of events reflecting Saudi Arabia’s culture will be displayed. (SPA)
Updated 18 July 2018
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Culture authority showcases Saudi creativity in Portugal

  • Arab traditions also play an important role in Saudi life
  • There will be a pavilion displayed Arabic calligraphy, where many Saudi calligraphers will provide lessons

JEDDAH: The General Culture Authority is taking part in the “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Culture and Heritage” exhibition, organized by the King Abdul Aziz Research Center (Darah) in Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city, from July 18 to 20.
A variety of events reflecting the Kingdom’s culture will be displayed. These include a pavilion showing Al-Qatt Al-Asiri, the traditionally female interior wall decoration, an ancient art form considered as a key element of the identity of the region of Asir, added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
There will also be a pavilion dedicated to Arabic calligraphy, where many Saudi calligraphers will provide lessons in the history of Arabic calligraphy and types for visitors, as well as the pavilion of Arab hospitality to introduce visitors to the hospitality of the Kingdom.