Jeddah feels the ‘Pulse’ of new art show

Obadah AlJefri explaining the concept behind his “trash bags” to the viewers.
Updated 08 December 2017
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Jeddah feels the ‘Pulse’ of new art show

Jeddah: Athr Gallery’s latest exhibition, “Pulse,” opened its doors on Wednesday, showcasing the works of new artists from several genres.
The biannual exhibit, in its fifth edition, hosts an array of artists who offered their version of the concept “Time — past, present and future.”
Some of the 25 artists, both Saudi nationals and residents, aged 15-35 years old, were exhibiting their works for the first time.
The exhibit hall was packed as soon it opened as Jeddawis flocked to see the many pieces on show.
Art students from the nearby King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) for the first time viewed the diversity of art installations, calligraphy, contemporary pieces and conceptual renditions by Saudi artists.
It was the artists’ task to look at the world and find how the concept of time translated into their emotional, physiological and psychological state. Each artist had their own take on the “pulse” theme, and each project was distinct from their contemporaries.
On the second floor of the gallery, an outstanding replica of Madinah’s famous Baha’aldeen Hotel was presented by The Loft ME.
Vintage furniture and items dating to the 1970s provided a sense of nostalgia.
The show also displayed works by a number of designers such as Once Upon a Chair, The Loft, Pendulum, Nesma Embroidery and others.
The Athr exhibition will continue in the office towers of Serafi Mega Mall until Jan. 4, 2018.
 


Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

The Housing Ministry has deals with two real-estate companies. (Reuters/File)
Updated 18 October 2018
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Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

  • The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units
  • The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing has signed agreements with two real-estate development companies to add more than 11,000 homes in Jeddah for the Sakani program. The deals were signed on October 15 during an event announcing the program’s 10th batch of beneficiaries.
The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units, while the second, Jeddah airport housing, is on land owned by the Ministry and will includes 2,203 units.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hugail, National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati, and officials from the ministry and the Real Estate Development Fund. They follow previous agreements signed by the Ministry of Housing with a number of developers to build housing in various regions of the Kingdom. Sixty projects providing more than 90,000 diverse homes, with prices ranging from SR250,000 to SR750,000 have already been launched.
The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock and support supply in the sector, to encourage competition between companies to meet the needs of citizens in a way that suits local markets and ensures the provision of continued maintenance services for the residential units.
“The real-estate developers with whom we signed contribute along with the Ministry to the service of citizens in order to provide a suitable residential environment on the levels of prices and specifications, while presenting the beneficiaries with the guarantees needed,” the Ministry said.
“These projects will be completed and handed over to the beneficiaries within a period not exceeding three years. These housing projects are integrated in terms of services and public facilities. They include mosques, public parks and green areas as well as government buildings.”