Saudi team rescues Greek tanker crewman

In this August 31, 2017 photo, a Saudi Red Crescent Authority air ambulance transports a sick Hajj pilgrim to a hospital in Makkah. The SCRA also sent an air ambulance to transport a sick seaman from a Greek oil tanker in the Red Sea to a hospital. (SCRA photo via Twitter)
Updated 03 September 2017

Saudi team rescues Greek tanker crewman

RIYADH: A Saudi emergency team rescued a sick crew member on a Greek oil tanker in the Red Sea and transported him for medical treatment.
The ship’s captain contacted the Jeddah coordination center for search and rescue operations in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba on Friday night. He said his crew member, a Filipino, was seriously ill and required a medical evacuation.
A Saudi border guard team and medical staff from King Fahad Marine Base in Wajh was dispatched to the ship, which was 80 nautical miles south of the port of Dhiba on its way to Suez in Egypt.
After the provision of humanitarian and medical services, the patient was transported by the Saudi Red Crescent Commission to Wajh General Hospital, a spokesman for the border guard said.

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

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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.