SCTH inaugurates Eid Al-Fitr activities in Al-Hijaz Railway

Al-Hijaz Railway building is decorated with colorful lights for Eid Al-Fitr.
Updated 27 June 2017

SCTH inaugurates Eid Al-Fitr activities in Al-Hijaz Railway

MADINAH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) launched “Eid Al-Sekka Ahla” activities this evening at the Al-Hijaz Railway, west of the Prophet’s Mosque.
The event coincides with Madinah feast, which is part of the activities celebrating Madinah as the Capital of Islamic Tourism 2017.
Activities on the first day focused on a number of programs, including the Lights of the City program, which was a main attraction for visitors. Other programs relate to the customs and traditions of Madinah, the Halawet El-Eid program, a comedy show, acrobatics, magic tricks and games for children.
SCTH Madinah Director General Khalid bin Hussein Al-Shahrani said visitor feedback on the events was very positive. He extended his thanks to all program managers and organizers for the efforts they exercised during Ramadan to organize and implement these special programs and activities.


Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

Updated 54 min 26 sec ago

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.”