Prince Khaled announces SR14.6bn projects in Taif, Moya and Misan

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal
Updated 06 February 2018

Prince Khaled announces SR14.6bn projects in Taif, Moya and Misan

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has unveiled projects in Taif, Moya and Misan Provinces, with an estimated cost of more than SR14.6 billion ($3.9 million).
Addressing the local councils of Taif, Moya and Misan provinces, Prince Khaled thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their care of the provinces.
Prince Khaled said that the road projects in the three provinces would cost more than SR899 million, and there would be a a further SR100 million spent on education, SR1.8 billion on water, SR500 million on health projects, SR1.4 billion on electricity, with a further SR130 million for social projects.
He said the new Taif project will cost nearly SR11 billion and include a new international airport, Okaz city, a technology oasis, housing complex, an industrial city and university campus.
A second 10-year development plan will be announced at an investment forum during Shabaan, he added.
In a related development, Prince Khaled launched a workshop with a presentation on investment opportunities in the three provinces in which businessmen were invited to join the projects.

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

Updated 26 June 2019

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.