Saudi Arabia’s first Japanese orchestra concert wows Riyadh audience

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Japanese orchestra members perform at a concert in Riyadh Thursday. (AN photo by Bashir Saleh)
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Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi opens the first Japanese full orchestra concert in Saudi Arabia
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Updated 15 April 2017
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Saudi Arabia’s first Japanese orchestra concert wows Riyadh audience

RIYADH: Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi opened the first Japanese full orchestra concert in Saudi Arabia on Thursday night here at King Fahad Cultural Center.
The concert was organized as part of a Saudi-Japan music exchange program, under the patronage of the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information and the Embassy of Japan.

Japanese Ambassador Norihiro Okuda also attended the event. As a crowd representing all segments of Saudi society, especially the youth, turned up for the mega cultural event, the main attraction was a concert conducted by Hirofumi Yoshida.
Yoshida led a group of 80 members. Soloist Fumiyuki Kato and violinist Yumiko Hamasaki joined him, producing soothing music that delighted the audience.

(Arab News Photos by Iqbal Hossain and Bashir Saleh)


FaceOf: Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN

Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi
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FaceOf: Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN

  • Al-Mouallimi received his B.Sc. degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and earned a master’s degree in management from Stanford University
  • Al-Mouallimi has a distinguished track record, having held senior government and executive positions over the past 30 years

Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, 65, is Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN.

Al-Mouallimi received his B.Sc. degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and earned a master’s degree in management from Stanford University. 

Along with his responsibilities with the UN, Al-Mouallimi is the president at Dar Al-Mouallimi Consulting. 

He is also an adviser at the Olayan Group and has been chairman at HBG Holdings Limited since November 2006.

On Tuesday, Al-Mouallimi and Khalid Al-Sharif, the consul-general of the Kingdom in New York, held an iftar (breaking-fast) ceremony on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan. The ambassador welcomed all, praying and wishing for prosperity and dignity for Arab and Islamic nations. 

Al-Mouallimi affirmed that the perpetrators of violent acts against civilians in Gaza would not escape accountability, demanding punishment for those who do not recognize their responsibility for the murders and violent acts committed by snipers in Gaza, as well as the explosive barrels and chemical weapons being used in Syria.

Al-Mouallimi has a distinguished track record, having held senior government and executive positions over the past 30 years. He was a managing director of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Saudi Arabia, a board member of the Saudi National Commercial Bank, vice-chairman of Olayan Financing Company from 1991 to 1998, and a board member of Saudi Telecom.

He has also served at the highest levels of Saudi government, most notably when he was appointed to the Majlis Al-Shoura, or the National Consultative Council, from 1997 to 2001.

Al-Mouallimi was appointed by royal decree to the position of mayor of Jeddah where he served with distinction until 2005. He has been chairman of Rasmala PLC (formerly the European Islamic Investment Bank PLC) since December 2011.