Mother camel leaves race to check on newborn in Sayaheed

The mother camel with her calf. (AN photo)
Updated 15 January 2018
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Mother camel leaves race to check on newborn in Sayaheed

JEDDAH: When the race started, camel number 104 was leading the flock in full gear, but in a rare move, she suddenly turned back to a 4x4 pickup truck on the side.
The matter became clear when the head of a newborn camel looked out from the back of the pickup truck while the mother camel was competing for position among the competitors.
Abdul Aziz Ayyad Al-Qahbani, the chairman of the Receiving and Delivery Committee at the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival, said that the committee received the mother camel with its newborn from the owner, Saleh Mohammed Al-Ajmi. The newborn was put in a 4x4 pickup truck to accompany his mother to the Sayaheed.
In a humanitarian gesture that takes into account the state of the mother and her newborn, Al-Qahbani said that the festival management was keen to move it from one place to another so as not to distance it from his mother and enable her to take part in the race.
Pointing out that “dealing with the situation required us to secure the newborn against any harm that might be triggered by other camels and to avoid the possibility of danger as some camels try to hurt and harm the young.”
The newborn appeared engrossed, while his mother competed all the individual laps. She came in the third place in the individual category “Gel – Wadah.”
The newborn achieved his first appearance in the Gel category, within three days of his birth, loaded on a luxury vehicle with utmost care and safety.


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

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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.