Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to UK offers condolences over Umrah crash

The pilgrims were traveling between Makkah and Madinah when the smash happened (Shutterstock)
Updated 23 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to UK offers condolences over Umrah crash

  • A bus carrying a group of Umrah pilgrims collided with a fuel tanker
  • Four people from the north of England were killed in the crash

JEDDAH: The Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the UK offered his condolences on Sunday to the families of four people killed when a coach taking a group of Umrah pilgrims from Makkah to Madinah collided with a fuel tanker near the village of Al-Khalas.
“Our prayers are with these families at this tragic time,” Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf said. The tanker caught fire and set the coach alight. All 16 pilgrims on the coach were from towns in the north of England. Six are being treated in hospital in Makkah.
“If you see the remains of the bus, there’s just the metal frame of it that’s left,” Gulfaraz Zaman, director of Hashim Travel, the British company that organized the trip, told the BBC.
The Saudi Embassy in London is working with the British Foreign Office to issue emergency visas to the relatives of the dead and injured.


International architecture expo to include Saudi Arabia pavilion

Lorenzo Quinn’s ‘Support’ to celebrate Venice Biennale. The Saudi pavilion, titled “Spaces in Between,” has been organized under the leadership of the Misk Art Institute. (Shutterstock)
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International architecture expo to include Saudi Arabia pavilion

  • This is the first time the Kingdom will be represented at the exhibition with a national pavilion
  • Italian architects have worked in Saudi Arabia and contributed to its development, says envoy Ferrari

RIYADH: Saudi curators and architects have teamed up under the banner of the Misk Art Institute and the Italian Embassy to place the Kingdom under the cultural spotlight in a major international architecture exhibition that will open in Venice on May 26.

This is the first time the Kingdom will be represented at the exhibition with a national pavilion.

In the run-up to La Biennale di Venezia exhibition, a presentation on the Saudi pavilion was hosted by Italian Ambassador Luca Ferrari and Dr. Ahmed Mater, director of the Misk Art Institute, at the ambassador’s residence in Riyadh.

The pavilion, titled “Spaces in Between,” has been organized under the leadership of the Misk Art Institute. 

It will showcase works by Saudi architects Abdulrahman and Turki Gazzaz, supervised by curators Dr. Sumaya Al-Solaiman and Jawaher Al-Sudairy.

“The presentation was organized to celebrate a landmark moment in the history of Saudi Arabia, and for cultural relations between Italy and the Kingdom,” said Ferrari. 

“The economic and social changes that we are witnessing in the Kingdom today are extraordinary. As we continue to develop the strategic partnership between our two countries, arts and culture have a special role,” he added.

“There is now a need to develop a more strategic framework to enhance our mutual cultural dialogue… There is no better time for the Kingdom to join La Biennale di Venezia.”

Italian architects have worked in Saudi Arabia and contributed to its development, said Ferrari. 

The exhibition will explore new possibilities to utilize minimal spaces to increase socialization and community building in the Kingdom’s rapidly expanding cities, he added.

Al-Sudairy said the exhibition will also “explore the social implications of architecture. Architects Abdulrahman and Turki Gazzaz are using this opportunity to examine the relationship between space and architecture, hoping to engage visitors in the potential of creating interaction through redesign.”

La Biennale di Venezia was founded in 1895 to promote and showcase the very best of contemporary art from around the world. 

Over the years, it has grown to encompass all forms of artistic expression, including cinema, music, theater, architecture and dance.