Dar Al-Hekma students exhibit artwork in US

Updated 07 October 2017
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Dar Al-Hekma students exhibit artwork in US

Artworks by forty students of Dar Al-Hekma University are on display at an exhibition in the US titled “Women’s Point of View.”
Sara Bokhary, Qurrat Ul Ain Abdul Aleem and Larissa Anne Omar Marcelino Valles are some of the students participating in the exhibition being held at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Oklahoma.
The show, organized by the visual communication department, opened to the public on Friday and will run through Nov. 12.
Women’s Point of View focuses on the female perspective of life, culture, faith and traditions of Saudi Arabia, where the women’s role is often misunderstood. Assistant professor Linda Schaefer, who teaches at Dar Al-Hekma and is from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma envisioned this project as one that could help break those stereotypes. Along with Karima Hussein of the visual communication department, the two women compiled the artwork into a unique body of work that is representative of the department and presents unique views of life in Saudi Arabia. Department chair Nada Zaidan was closely involved with the project and made connections in Washington, DC for a future exhibit of the work.
“Dar Al-Hekma University has a vision of creating female entrepreneurs in the workplace through activities that are inspired on the campus, such as innovative programs and projects that initiate international exchange,” a press release said.
Suhair Hassan Al-Qurashi, president of Dar Al-Hekma University, said: “These kinds of exhibitions facilitate students’ smooth integration into the job market after graduation through the attendance of many advertising agencies and business professionals. Dar Al-Hekma students have proved that they are innovative, creative and inspiring. They have taken a leadership role in creativity, allowing others to follow in their footsteps. The students have opened new doors for other Saudi women by promoting art and engaging with a wide audience.” Two students and one alumna are attending the exhibition and will represent the other Dar Al-Hekma students.


Saudi port ‘most advanced’

Updated 21 April 2018
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Saudi port ‘most advanced’

King Abdullah Port has concluded its participation in the Global Infrastructure Congress by winning an award for the most advanced port. The award was presented during the closing ceremony of the conference, which was recently held at the Grand Hyatt Dubai hotel. The event was held under the patronage of UAE’s Minister of Infrastructure Development Abdullah B. Al-Nuaimi, and in partnership with the Federal Transport Authority — Land and Maritime and the Sheikh Zayed Housing Program.
Rayan Qutub, CEO of King Abdullah Port, said: “The award represents a culmination of the port’s efforts in realizing Vision 2030 as a key player in the maritime shipping and logistics sector.” He extended his thanks and appreciation to Al-Nuaimi for “the valuable award, which reflects the status the port has reached after only five years of operation.”
The award came in recognition of the port’s efforts in innovating new, distinguished practices in the port sector, in addition to providing world-class ideas, initiatives and projects that contribute to empowering and delivering sustainable and ready-to-use infrastructure solutions. It was announced that King Abdullah Port had won among more than 100 participants.
King Abdullah Port also participated in the Port and Marine Infrastructure Forum, which was attended by representatives from ministries, port authorities, private sector developers, and industry actors. Qutub delivered a detailed presentation on the port’s latest developments in regards to infrastructure and operations during a session titled “Global Perspectives and Best Practices.”
As of the end of 2017, King Abdullah Port has become the second-largest port in the Kingdom in terms of container handling, and it was recently ranked the eighth fastest-growing port in the world in 2017, according to Alphaliner, the global leader in analyzing maritime transport data, port capabilities and the future of vessels and shipping route development.