Saudis studying in Japan to get scholarships

Updated 01 March 2014
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Saudis studying in Japan to get scholarships

Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, has instructed authorities to include all Saudis who are pursuing their higher studies in Japan at their own expense to be brought under the King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Program if they fulfill necessary conditions.
Disclosing this, Essam Amanullah Bukhari, cultural attaché at the Saudi Embassy in Japan, said a number of Saudi students studying in Japanese universities will benefit from the crown prince’s directive and will specialize in subjects approved under the scholarship scheme.
Saudi Ambassador to Japan, Abdul Aziz Turkistani, thanked Prince Salman on behalf of Saudi students for his gesture and emphasized that Saudi students in Japanese universities and institutes work hard to rise up to the expectations of their country’s leadership.
Prince Salman was in Japan on an official visit as part of his four-nation Asian tour and met with Saudi students. Watching an invention by Saudi student Muqrin Al-Atawi, he asked him about Shalyouh Al-Atawi, a well-known poet from his tribe by reciting a few couplets from his poem.
The crown prince urged students to uphold Saudi Arabia’s reputation of being the cradle of Islam and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.


World-famous Italian opera house orchestra debuts in Saudi Arabia

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World-famous Italian opera house orchestra debuts in Saudi Arabia

  • Organized by the Saudi Culture Ministry, “An Italian Opera Journey” took place at the King Fahd Cultural Center
  • The Kingdom’s first opera house will be built in Jeddah, and is scheduled for completion in 2022

RIYADH: Residents in Riyadh were treated on Friday to some of the best that Italian opera had to offer, with a performance by the symphony orchestra of the Teatro Alla Scala Academy, which made its debut in Saudi Arabia.

La Scala is one of the most famous opera houses in the world, dating back almost 250 years. 

The academy offers world-class training in all disciplines of symphony, opera and ballet, under the supervision of famous musicians. 

Organized by the Saudi Culture Ministry, “An Italian Opera Journey” took place at the King Fahd Cultural Center. 

Only registration was required to attend the free event, which sold out almost instantly, with 3,000 music lovers, artists and poets enjoying an hour of beautiful tributes to classical music.

The show opened with a surprise performance of the Kingdom’s national anthem by Saudi opera singer Sawsan Al-Bahiti, who received a standing ovation for her rendition. 

Al-Bahiti was invited by the ministry to perform at the event as part of its efforts to showcase national talents.

The orchestra was conducted by maestro Pietro Mianetti, and featured performances by soprano Francisca Manzo and tenor Ricardo Della Sciucca. 

Some of the most iconic pieces from 19th-century Italian opera were performed. 

At the end of the show, a standing ovation led to an encore.

Deputy Culture Minister Hamed Fayez took to Twitter to express how much he enjoyed the evening. 

“A beautiful night spent with the esteemed La Scala opera at the King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh, amidst a wonderful crowd, with an exceptional performance from our Italian guests,” he tweeted, posting photos. The performance is one of the ministry’s efforts to attract high-quality artistic events that enrich the Saudi cultural landscape and enhance quality of life. 

The Kingdom’s first opera house will be built in Jeddah, and is scheduled for completion in 2022. 

The institution aims to become the new home of a Saudi resident orchestra. 

The Kingdom has also seen the opening of a music institute by famed Egyptian violinist Mahmoud Sorour, with a second music institute in the works.