Shah Rukh Khan, Cate Blanchett and Elton John pick up awards at Davos forum

Cate Blanchett, Shah Rukh Khan and Elton John pictured at the Crystal Awards ceremony of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. (Reuters)
Updated 22 January 2018
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Shah Rukh Khan, Cate Blanchett and Elton John pick up awards at Davos forum

DAVOS: Three international celebrities on Monday picked up awards in Davos as the annual World Economic Forum meeting got underway.

The 24th Annual Crystal Awards celebrates the achievements of outstanding artists who have shown a commitment to improving the state of the world.

Actor Cate Blanchett was honored for her leadership in raising awareness of the refugee crisis. She told the audience that nowhere is the fractured world more humanly embodied than in the refugee.

Blanchett was appointed a UNHCR Global Goodwill Ambassador in 2016, in recognition of her commitment to refugees, and has lent her voice and influence to raising awareness, advocating and fundraising for the UNHCR.

Indian film actor Shah Rukh Khan was awarded for his leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India. The star is the founder of the non‐profit Meer Foundation, which provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support.

The third awardee was musician Elton John, for his leadership in the fight against HIV and AIDS. He urged participants to use their sense of human connection to change the world. In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), which has raised more than $400 million to date.

The World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting in Davos is being held under the theme of “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.”


King Abdul Aziz Foundation archives around 6,000 interviews with Saudis

Researching and recording oral histories can give a sense of cultural value. (Photo/Social media)
Updated 22 October 2018
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King Abdul Aziz Foundation archives around 6,000 interviews with Saudis

  • Darah assigned a number of specialized teams to carry out visits to the Kingdom’s different regions

RIYADH: The Oral History Center of the King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah) has archived around 6,000 interviews with Saudi nationals past and present, said the Saudi Press Agency.
The Saudi Oral History Center was established in 1997. It was the third of its kind in the world, after the United States and Britain.
Darah hosts millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts and is considered the main source of Saudi national history inside the Kingdom, and abroad through the Oral History Center.
Darah assigned a number of specialized teams to carry out visits to the Kingdom’s different regions, speak to citizens about their histories, study sources of national history, and document the accounts of those who directly or indirectly contributed to the Kingdom’s history.
It conducted audio-visual interviews with many contemporaries and witnesses, and transcribed them, and investigated those stories based on scientific and technical protocols. It did this in cooperation with universities and international centers specializing in oral history, and with national and regional institutions interested in oral history and heritage.
Darah sees oral history — a precise account from eyewitnesses, or reported contemporary accounts — as an important resource. Many Western countries place great emphasis on oral histories and have established specialized centers to record and preserve such accounts.
The Foundation also considers oral histories a useful tool that can fill gaps left in recorded history, especially regarding personal histories of families.
Researching and recording oral histories can also provide the elderly with a sense of value and bring generations closer together.