Arrests made over alleged filthy drinking water business near Jeddah

A combination of screengrabs from a video shared on social media shows a water pump and the drainage canal allegedly being used in a drinking water business in Bahra, near Jeddah.
Updated 11 April 2017

Arrests made over alleged filthy drinking water business near Jeddah

JEDDAH: Several people have been held for investigation for allegedly selling drinking water drawn from a drainage canal near Jeddah, the Makkah Governorate said in a statement on Monday.
It said Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed ordered an investigation into the issue after a video clip went viral on social media showing water being pumped from a canal in the village of Bahra supposedly as part of the drinking water business.
The video clip shows an electric water pump drawing water from the canal. It does not show where the hose leads to.
After confirming the veracity of the video, several people involved in the operation were arrested and referred for further legal proceedings against them, the governorate said in a statement.
Teams from the National Water Company inspected the location and identified infringements, then officially submitted the matter to pertinent authorities to address the situation.
The company said the sewage channel that appeared in the video is a stream for the triple treatment of sewage water coming from treatment stations in Bahra and Arna, and passing through Jeddah city.
The NWC inspected the areas surrounding the channel and the treatment stations in Bahra and Arna to make sure there were no additional infringements.
Bahra is located along the road to Makkah city from Jeddah.

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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.