3 men who assaulted policeman, security guard at Jeddah corniche arrested

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All-Terrain Vehicles and other motorbikes are impounded at the police headquarters in Jeddah on Wednesday following the attack by a group of bikers on security officers who were enforcing vehicle ordinances at the Jeddah Corniche.
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This combination of screengrabs from a video shared on social media shows bikers attacking a police patrol at the Jeddah Corniche on Tuesday.
Updated 08 March 2017

3 men who assaulted policeman, security guard at Jeddah corniche arrested

JEDDAH: Authorities on Wednesday arrested three members of a group of bikers who allegedly assaulted a police officer and a security guard in Jeddah on Tuesday.
The suspects, an 18-year-old Saudi national and two undocumented immigrants from Chad, confessed to the assault.
According to the Jeddah Governor’s Office, the bikers, riding three-wheel all-terrain vehicles, attacked the patrol policeman when he prevented them from entering a recreation area at the Jeddah corniche.
When a security guard from a nearby private establishment tried to help the police officer, one of the bikers attacked him.


WATCH: Bikers attack police patrol in Jeddah corniche

In a video footage circulated on social media, the biker is seen beating the security guard seated on the passenger side of the police patrol vehicle. The police officer gets out of the driver’s seat and chases the assailant, but fails to catch him. As the police officer returns to the vehicle, another suspect on a bike — identified by the police as the young Saudi man — runs over him. The officer is thrown to the ground, but quickly recovers. Another biker also tries to run him over, but the patrol officer is able to evade the second attack.
The officer was injured and treated at a hospital, while the security guard was unharmed despite the beating.
After the incident, police cordoned off roads at the corniche and nearby areas as they looked for other four suspects — two Yemenis and two Chadians — who were seen in the video and identified by those arrested.

Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

Updated 26 June 2019

Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece exhibition in Dhahran.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.