Double act: Arts, education projects to reinforce UK-Saudi cultural ties

Art projects to help Vision 2030. (Misk)
Updated 09 March 2018
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Double act: Arts, education projects to reinforce UK-Saudi cultural ties

RIYADH: The UK and Saudi Arabia will work on a series of ambitious arts and education projects to help Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman carry out his Vision 2030 reform program, a British official has revealed.
Amir Ramzan, the British Council’s country director for Saudi Arabia, told Arab News the UK is committed to strengthening its cultural ties with the Kingdom by improving academic and career opportunities for young Saudis.
Britain already runs a language-training program that teaches English to 30,000 students across Saudi Arabia. Now it wants to promote new initiatives, including a Saudi-based British film festival and a UK Education Week to improve relations between universities in the two countries.
Ramzan said the British Council’s “biggest contribution” in the months and years ahead “will be to support the skills development of young people and enhance their career opportunities.”
As part of these efforts, a delegation from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage will travel to the UK later this year to learn about British art. The trip will mark the second stage of a cultural exchange. A British delegation visited Saudi Arabia last November.
According to Ramzan, the UK has trained more than 100 Saudi sports teachers — half of them women — and dozens of Saudi teaching assistants. He said the continued development of cultural and vocational projects would help Saudi Arabia reduce its reliance on foreign workers by improving the skills and education of young people in the Kingdom, a key aim of Vision 2030.
There are now more than 9,000 Saudi students in the UK, the largest contribution to Britain’s student population by any Gulf Cooperation Council member.


Aramco marks National Day with expo on role in development of Saudi Arabia

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Aramco marks National Day with expo on role in development of Saudi Arabia

  • The exhibition featured the role and contributions of Saudi Aramco in nation building within the frame of Vision 2030
  • The exhibition also showcased the activities of King Abdul Aziz International Cultural Center (Ithraa)

JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco held a five-day exhibition in celebration of Saudi Arabia's National Day at the Mall of Arabia in Jeddah city from Sept. 21.

The exhibition featured the role and contributions of Saudi Aramco in nation building within the frame of Vision 2030.

The exhibition, which ended on on Monday, took as its slogan: "Expressing a national power .. and translating an ambitious vision." It was divided into five sections including citizenship, which represented initiatives for create innovative solutions to create economic participation in the community and to push it forward.

Another section looking at empowerment focused on women, young people and successful entrepreneurs. It included programs for the knowledge economy and spreading the culture of entrepreneurship.

In the Creative expression section, heritage and modern art were represented through Saudi artists who embody Saudi Arabia's heritage and its promising future.

The exhibition also showcased the activities of King Abdul Aziz International Cultural Center (Ithraa), a portal for knowledge and creativity, which was selected as one of the world's top 100 sites for 2018 by Time magazine.

Interactive visual presentations were laid on embodying the spirit of creativity and empowerment in young people. It also allowed visitors to see the company's development initiatives in the field of community service.

Reem Ahmad, who attended the exhibition, told Arab News: "I was delighted to visit the Saudi Aramco exhibition today, I enjoyed the interactive experience, everything is beautifully presented. It makes me proud to see such huge achievements presented to the public in an interactive way to visitors of different ages."