Swiss and Saudi fashion join forces

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The Swiss Fashion Days Riyadh, a collaboration between Saudi and Swiss fashion designers, was launched on Wednesday. (AN photo)
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The Swiss Fashion Days Riyadh, a collaboration between Saudi and Swiss fashion designers, was launched on Wednesday. (AN photo)
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The Swiss Fashion Days Riyadh, a collaboration between Saudi and Swiss fashion designers, was launched on Wednesday. (AN photo)
Updated 12 April 2018
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Swiss and Saudi fashion join forces

  • The event took place at the Swiss ambassador’s home and showcased the collections of six designers.
  • The Swiss ambassador’s wife Grisel Sandoval greeted guests at the event.

Riyadh: The Swiss Fashion Days Riyadh, a collaboration between Saudi and Swiss fashion designers, was launched on Wednesday.

“The beauty of art and fashion is what unites us today,” said Princess Joharah bint Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud at the event at the Swiss ambassador’s home, which showcased the collections of six designers.

Saudi designers Aram Designs by Arwa Al-Ammari, La’ Beso by Balqees Alqadeeb, Nuun Jewels by Nourah Al Faisal and Madawi Alissa were joined by two Swiss designers Gaia Schenk and Raphael Blechschmidt Haute Couture.

Saudi artist Khalid Al-Sudairy presented a collection of his latest photographs and the beauty of the Swiss locations of Lake Geneva, Lucerne, Ascona Locarno, Basel and Bern were displayed throughout the venue.

The Swiss ambassador Heinrich Schellenberg said: “The fashion show is a fantastic opportunity to inspire our guests by the beauty of Switzerland and at the same time to celebrate the close cooperation between Saudi and Swiss fashion designers.”

The Swiss ambassador’s wife Grisel Sandoval greeted guests. She told Arab News: “Our idea was to incorporate the Saudi designers with the Swiss designers, to make a team and give a new vision of Saudi society. We also wanted to highlight a very talented photographer. We are so pleased and honored to have all these guests here tonight with us.”

Most of the designs were high-end and for evening wear. Dresses were detailed; some had sequins while others featured patterned cloth.


Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

Updated 26 May 2019
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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip, was held on the 17th of Ramadan  (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative in partnership with Sawt Alasm association in Jeddah.

A busload of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers of Sadiq Almutamir, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday area in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts of Sadiq Almutamir, supported by the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next was their arrival at the Grand Mosque, wherein the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed Iftar meals, and received souvenirs from Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association. 

Volunteers assisted the pilgrims by communicating with them, providing instructions and directions in addition to sharing their feelings with the support of the sign language interpreters. 

Sadiq Almutamir also accompanied pilgrims during the performance of Umrah, providing wheelchairs for the elderly, sharing breakfast, and learning about their impressions of performing Umrah for their first time. 

Sadiq Almutamir is one of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s initiatives in Makkah’s Cultural Forum. It focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between the Saudi youth as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences. It also provides optional tours to visit attractions, monuments, and places contribute to enriching experiences of Mutamirs and immortalizing beautiful memories in the Kingdom.

Launched late last year, the initiative aims to develop the spirit of volunteerism among Muslims and to invest in the youth by engaging young men and women in service and social responsibility.

“It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs’ people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” ministry statement said.

The trip was held in cooperation with the Western Fleet Transport, in coordination with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims’ transportation affairs and Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association.