Makkah’s Al-Faisaliah project to be unveiled at Jeddah property show

City Vision 2017 will witness a wide participation of the leading real estate developers in the Kingdom and the world.
Updated 22 September 2017

Makkah’s Al-Faisaliah project to be unveiled at Jeddah property show

JEDDAH: The Makkah Region Development Authority will display its latest projects at the Jeddah City Development and Real Estate Investment Exhibition (City Vision 2017) and reveal the details of Al-Faisaliah project and the most important development projects in Makkah.
The event will take place at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events from Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 under the patronage of Prince Mishaal bin Majid bin Abdul Aziz, governor of Jeddah.
The three-day show will attract leading real estate developers in the Kingdom and the world.
Jalal bin Abdul Jalil Kaaki, spokesman for the Makkah Region Development Authority, said the participation of the authority in the exhibition’s activities would contribute toward achieving strategic objectives under the theme “Building Partnerships, Building Business and Meetings.”
“The authority seeks to develop the Makkah Region and Al-Mashaaer (the holy places) through designing comprehensive development and strategic plans, studies and programs to develop mega-projects,” he said.
He pointed out that Al-Faisaliah project, to be built on an area of 2,450 sq. km., will be one of the largest development projects in the Makkah region.
The operational plans for the project will be reviewed at the exhibition.
City Vision 2017 will be held on an area of over 9,000 sq. m.
The number of exhibitors has risen to 80 following successes achieved since its launch in 2009. It will target more than 7,500 visitor
Saudi Arabia has the largest real estate market in the Arab world and the Middle East, estimated to exceed SR2 trillion ($533.3 billion).

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

Updated 26 June 2019

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.