Prince Turki bin Salman resigns as SRMG chairman

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Updated 03 May 2014

Prince Turki bin Salman resigns as SRMG chairman

Prince Turki bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of Saudi Research & Marketing Group, has resigned from his position effective April 6, 2014, on personal reasons, the company announced on Sunday.
“The board has accepted his resignation,” the announcement added. The board members have expressed their thanks and appreciation of Prince Turki for his services to the group during his chairmanship.
The group also announced the resignation of Dr. Azzam bin Mohammed Al-Dakhil as its managing director and chief executive officer, on March 20, 2014, due to personal reasons. “The chairman has approved Al-Dakhil’s resignation,” the statement said, adding that it would be effective from April 3, 2014.
However, Al-Dakhil will continue as a member of SRMG board and its other committees until the end of the board’s term on April 30, 2015. The chairman has expressed his thanks and appreciation of Dr. Al-Dakhil’s valuable contributions to the group as its CEO.


Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

Updated 19 August 2019

Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

  • One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020
  • A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is to set up arts academies, including two in the next two years, offering a step toward academic qualification and enlarging the Kingdom’s footprint in heritage, arts and crafts, and music.

The initiative is part of the Ministry of Culture’s Quality of Life program. 

The minister, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, said investment in “capacity building” was one of the most important elements in encouraging the cultural sector, which enjoyed unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kingdom was rich in diverse arts, talents and artistic production, Prince Badr said, and the academies would be a first step toward academic qualification in the arts within the Kingdom.

One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs. 

A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021.

The music academy in particular will be “the core of music production and talent development in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi musician, composer and producer Mamdouh Saif told Arab News.

The music industry was a large and diverse field, Saif said, and education was crucial. 

“The academy is the right place to launch the music industry in Saudi Arabia, and it will have a significant impact on Saudi youth, and young people in surrounding countries,” he said.

He expects “a very high turnout” for the academy among young Saudis. 

“Due to my expertise in this area, I receive many questions from people who want to learn music, but through private lessons,” he said.

“But the availability of an academy for this purpose, that teaches music in a methodological way, will be the right start for those interested in music.”