Indian Consulate holds Islamic calligraphy exhibition

The Siasat Indian Islamic Calligraphy and contemporary Islamic Art Exhibition “Visual Dhikr,” was inaugurated by Indian Consul General in Jeddah Mohammed Noor Rahman Sheikh and Siasat Editor Zahid Ali Khan.
Updated 18 April 2017
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Indian Consulate holds Islamic calligraphy exhibition

JEDDAH: A three-day exhibition showcasing more than 100 pieces of Islamic calligraphy was recently held at the Indian Consulate in Jeddah.
The Siasat Indian Islamic Calligraphy and contemporary Islamic Art Exhibition “Visual Dhikr” by Younus M. Hafiz was organized by the Consulate General of India in association with Saudi Indian Business Network (SIBN).
The exhibition showcased works of artists including Nayeem Saberi, Faheem Saberi, Lateef Farooqui, Syed Viquaruddin, Mohammad Mazheruddin and Naseer Sultan, and was sponsored by Air India.
Indian Consul General Mohammad Noor Rahman Sheikh, said at the inauguration: “Calligraphy has been an integral part of India’s Islamic traditions. Calligraphy in India has evolved over centuries to acquire its own unique characteristics.”
He said the event aims to cultivate an interest in learning more about the Indo-Islamic calligraphy tradition, and that Islamic calligraphy and related art work is in great demand in the international market.
“It is hoped that the Indian calligraphy exhibition will enable people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to become more aware of the history and development of calligraphy in India.”
Siasat Editor Zahid Ali Khan, Consul General Bangladesh F.M. Borhan Uddin, Thai Consul General Thanis N. Songkklaa, and Managing Director Siasat Art Gallery Zaheeruddin Ali Khan were also present at the event.
“The idea is to bring calligraphy back to life and simultaneously generate employment,” said Zahid, adding housewives are being guided and given opportunities of coming up with innovative ideas of calligraphy with their wit and will. He said their skill has allowed the art form to take a fresh turn.
Zaheeruddin said Siasat Gallery is ready to provide training to the students of Hyderabad, and his institution will consider if any proposal of cooperation surfaces. He added that India has the potential to emerge as an international hub of Islamic art and calligraphy.
Dr. Mohammed Nurul Hasan, Consul Commerce, appreciated the work of artists who came all the way from India, saying that SIBN wished to keep the unique art of calligraphy alive as it was an important way of expressing the true respect and love for Islam.
Consular Anand Kumar said Islamic calligraphy was a symbol of representing unity, beauty and power.
“Calligraphy is art which involves the coordination of the brain, eyes and hands. It combines knowledge with skill. Calligraphy is flourishing not only in Islamic nations, but also in Western and European countries,” said Mir Gazanfar Ali Zaki, general secretary SIBN.


System launched to help predict, plan for heavy rain in Saudi Arabia

Updated 15 July 2018
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System launched to help predict, plan for heavy rain in Saudi Arabia

  • "Matir" uses all the data to provide predictions and alerts for all of Saudi Arabia’s 286 secretariats and municipalities
  • Matir features a control panel that shows the overall forecast of flooding risk for the coming five days

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has launched a system to help predict and plan for heavy rain and flooding across the Kingdom
The high-tech system, called Matir, is the first of its kind in the Arab region. It is designed to help the authorities plan early for extreme weather situations, especially rain, and make the best decisions to minimize the loss of life and property.
To do this, it uses data from satellites and regional and international weather centers and monitoring stations. This raw data is modeled, with equations and algorithms applied to make forecasts with a high degree of accuracy.
Matir features a control panel that shows the overall forecast of flooding risk for the coming five days. The information is color coded based on the risk level, with yellow and red representing the highest risks.
The system also provides standard hour-by-hour weather predictions for next five days, including temperatures, wind speed and direction, rainfall intensity, mist and clouds, as well as relative humidity.
The system uses all the data to provide predictions and alerts for all of Saudi Arabia’s 286 secretariats and municipalities. It also provides radar data detailing the location and direction of thunderstorms and lightning.