Event promotes Saudi Arabia’s historical identity with graffiti

A Saudi graffiti artist paints the wall which reflects the Kingdom’s heritage. (SPA)
Updated 11 November 2017
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Event promotes Saudi Arabia’s historical identity with graffiti

RIYADH: In an event held in Al-Bujairi neighborhood in Diriyah accompanying the first Saudi Antiquities Forum, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) set up a special place to draw Saudi antiquities in 3D, with the help of a sketch artist.
The events included four sections of graffiti, under the supervision of Saudi visual artists, reflecting the Kingdom’s heritage and antiquities, and introducing visitors to the Kingdom’s cultural heritage embedded in history.
Majed Al-Hayzan, manager of the touristic events and projects at the SCTH, considered the forum’s accompanying events an important factor to raise awareness and strengthen national sentiment among citizens on the Kingdom’s cultural heritage.
The events also included a studio for children, represented in an awareness-raising corner, to introduce them to the Kingdom’s archaeological and historical sites through coloring and drawing, under the title “Our Talents Are in The Hands of Our Children.”
Recently, the courtyards of the King Abdul Aziz Historic Center in Riyadh turned into a theater for events and activities in conjunction with the launch of the first Saudi Antiquities Forum.
These events helped introduce the Kingdom’s non-materialistic culture, and were attended by large audiences which were eager to enjoy the events and shows.
The events included education and awareness-raising plays representing everyday life stories about discoveries and excavations, as well as folk shows including the Saudi Ardah, and models representing major Saudi archaeological and heritage sites (Madain Saleh, Salwa Palace, Historical Jeddah, Al-Okhdood, and Al-Rajajeel) on the grounds of the National Museum in Riyadh.
A number of artisans participated in these events that also included handicraft shows, popular food parlors, men’s costume shows, stories told by famous writers and many others.
Visitors also watched a live show of excavations and discoveries of antiquities, by a specialized team. This show was accompanied by a “Colors” exhibition which showcased a collection of pictures featuring the Kingdom’s archaeological and heritage sites.


95 percent of Canadian medical programs filled by Saudi doctors

Updated 19 July 2018
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95 percent of Canadian medical programs filled by Saudi doctors

OTTAWA: More than 95 percent of places available to non-Canadian doctors in a fellowship and specialization program in Canadian medical schools have been acquired by Saudi Arabian doctors, the Saudi cultural attaché in Canada, Dr. Fawzi bin Abdulghani Bukhari, announced on Thursday.
He attributed the reason to the efficiency and excellence of Saudi doctors and the distinguished relations enjoyed by the Cultural Mission for more than 40 years with all Canadian medical schools, in addition to the support being provided for the Scholarship Program in general.
For the academic year 2018/2019, 514 places were awarded — 93 in fellowship programs and 421 in the programs of sub-specialization, fine-specialization, research fellowship and scientific communication.
The number of applications received for applicants from within the Kingdom exceeded 1,000, in addition to 230 applications submitted by doctors still studying in Canada.