MiSK Foundation builds vision of Hajj journey in two short films

A Muslim pilgrim is seen taking a picture of his companion in Makkah during Hajj season. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 11 September 2017
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MiSK Foundation builds vision of Hajj journey in two short films

JEDDAH: Two short films, “When You Don’t Know Where to Go, Head to Bakkah,” and “Masher Al-Mashaer” have successfully embodied a vivid vision and a complete picture of the details of Muslims’ Hajj journey.
Unforgettable moments were documented by a young professional group of Saudis in creative footage through the support of the MiSK Foundation under the guidance of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The two films produced by MiSK on Makkah have generated a wide-ranging response and circulation on both TV channels and social media during the Hajj season.
The films were produced with new visual techniques and directing visions contrary to what viewers are used to seeing, in order to reflect a content that is presented for the first time during the Hajj season. They were accompanied with unprecedented media coverage during this Islamic event.
“When You Don’t Know Where To Go, Head To Bakkah,” and “Masher Al-Mashear,” highlight the greatness of this Islamic rite and conveyed the true image of Saudi Arabia’s efforts in different areas and through various agencies, government sectors and human cadres that served Muslim pilgrims.
The first film “Masher Al-Mashear,” — literally translates to feelings of the holy sites— addressed the mixed emotions and feelings of pilgrims during their presence in the holy sites to bring together the two meanings in one title, where it highlighted the meditative moments experienced by pilgrims throughout their spiritual journey.
The film involved high shots with a varied footage, whether aerial or on the ground, to take viewers on a virtual trip to the heart of the Hajj atmosphere with touching verses from the Holy Qur’an.

The second film titled “When You Don’t Know Where To Go, Head To Bakkah” – an ancient name for Makkah — presents the entire pilgrimage in a quick presentation starting with the arrival of pilgrims in Makkah and then moving between the holy sites to complete the Hajj rituals.
In this film, hyperlapse — a technique in time-lapse photography that allows the photographer to create motion shots — was used for the first time to display footage from inside the Grand Mosque and holy sites.

Bakkah was filmed in eight different locations by 14 young Saudis who worked over 86 hours in seven working days to produce this film.
The success of these two films is an extension of MiSK’s role in supporting the creativity of Saudi youth and a confirmation of the ability of the country’s citizens to provide artistic content with international standards.


Gruelling Dakar Rally route through Saudi Arabia’s ‘captivating’ deserts revealed by Sports Authority

Updated 25 April 2019
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Gruelling Dakar Rally route through Saudi Arabia’s ‘captivating’ deserts revealed by Sports Authority

AL-QADDIYA: More details about the Dakar Rally expected to take place in January 2020 in Saudi Arabia were released on Thursday by the Kingdom's General Sports Authority at an event in Al-Qaddiya.

The race starts on Jan. 5 in Jeddah, with the drivers set to race through Al-Madinah, Tabuk and Ha’il regions before a having a rest day in Riyadh. From the capital, the route winds its way back toward the coast through the Asir region and ends in the city of Al-Qaddiya on Jan. 12.

Speaking at the event, the chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA) Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal announced a 10-year partnership with the Dakar Rally, saying: "We want the world to see the captivating desert of Saudi Arabia and to get to know the good and hospitable people of the Kingdom that looks forward to receiving the world.

“Our country is extremely passionate about sport and our strategic goal is to feed that appetite as we move further towards achieving Vision 2030 of which sport is a basic pillar.

“In hosting Dakar Rally we aim to produce an unbelievable and unforgettable experience for drivers as they discover the beauty of Saudi nature and a unique spectacle for motorsport fans not only in Saudi Arabia but also in the region and around the world.”

It was announced earlier this month that the race would be held in Saudi Arabia, and for the first time in the Middle East.

The Dakar has been held in South America since 2009. The gruelling multi-stage rally was previously held in Africa but was relocated after terrorist threats in Mauritania in 2008.

Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Abdullah Al-Faisal, chairman of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, said when the race announcement was made: “I have always wanted to participate in Dakar Rally, while I wasn’t fortunate to achieve that ambition, I’m now part of achieving a much bigger dream for my country as Dakar comes to the Middle East region for the first time ever.”

CEO of Qiddiya project Michael Reininger said: "Qiddiya will soon become the centre of the motorsports world by virtue of an unparalleled collection of on track and off road facilities and a set of experiences and events that have never been assembled in one place before.”

The CEO of the rally's organizing company, Amaury Sport Organization, Yann Le Moenner thanked the princes for their commitment to bringing the rally to Saudi Arabia, adding: “Crossing the best deserts of the world has always been in the DNA of the Dakar, to discover and share.”

Meanwhile, the drivers involved in the rally have been in Saudi Arabia soaking up local culture and experiencing some of the desert landscapes they will drive through in January.