Davos attendees experience flavors of Saudi Arabian cuisine and culture

The MiSK Global Forum (MGF) — the worldwide platform of the MiSK Foundation founded by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — hosted a Saudi-themed lunch at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Friday. (AN Photo)
Updated 27 January 2018
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Davos attendees experience flavors of Saudi Arabian cuisine and culture

DAVOS: Davos delegates on the snowy slopes of the Swiss Alps got a taster of sunnier climes Friday, as guests were treated to a Saudi-themed lunch and cultural event.
Those attending the World Economic Forum witnessed an enchanting “Saudi Voyage” as they sampled food from every corner of the Kingdom, including dates, coffee and rice. 
 

Guests at the event also got to experience culture from Saudi Arabia’s five regions through music, art and dance.
Three renowned Saudi Arabian chefs — Ali Al-Yousef, Duha Abdullah and Rakan Al-Areefi — created the diverse menus, while Saudi musicians Abdullah Al-Garni and Saud Al-Shareef entertained the guests.
 

Artwork by modern Saudi artists was on display, giving an insight into the history of 20th century art in the Kingdom and shedding light on the foundations of the contemporary art movement that is growing in the country today.
A guest at the function, South African social entrepreneur Lavuyo Rani, said: “For me, it’s an experience — especially the food — it’s the first time I’ve experienced it, but I’m really enjoying it.”

The event was organized by the MiSK Global Forum (MGF) — the worldwide platform of the MiSK Foundation founded by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.​

Concept artist Florian de Gesincourt watched several WEF sessions and used the content as inspiration to produce artwork displayed on screens in the main entrance foyer of the WEF Congress Center as well as at the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère in the town. The artwork can be seen on MGF’s social media channels.


Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture takes part in UN event

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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture takes part in UN event

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture took part in a preservation of cultural event organized by the United Nations on Tuesday.
The Culture and Sustainable Development conference was held at the UN headquarters in New York with an international delegation and in conjunction with UNESCO’s “World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.”
Dr. Afnan bint Abdullah Al-Shuaibi, the general supervisor for International Relations at the Ministry of Culture, delivered the Kingdom’s speech at the conference in which she affirmed that culture is an essential part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
She also spoke about the importance of preserving cultural and natural heritage to achieve peace. “It is a common pursuit of all countries to build a rich cultural future in which various kinds of culture and arts flourish,” she added.
The discussion focused on contributing to sustainable development from a local, regional and international perspective based on national experiences.
According to the two main pillars of the United Nations, cultural diversity and the importance of indigenous cultures in sustainable development is vital in achieving many objectives, including “highlighting the relationship between culture and human diversity.”
Also on the agenda was a session on using culture as a tool for change, innovation, empowerment and equality, and addressed issue such as the role of traditional knowledge and skills to promote environmental sustainability and the impact of cultural heritage on identity preservation and peace-building.