King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre supports Syrians in agriculture sector

The center also provided support for livestock activities in Aleppo and Daraa. (SPA)
Updated 21 May 2018
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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre supports Syrians in agriculture sector

  • The KSRelief is supporting agricultural activities in Aleppo, Homs and Hama

JEDDAH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) is providing help to the needy families in Syria engaged in the agriculture and livestock sectors.

The KSRelief is supporting agricultural activities in Aleppo, Homs and Hama. 

The center also provided support for livestock activities in Aleppo and Daraa, targeting needy residents and displaced families engaged in livestock farming. This included providing these families with sheep, cows, feed, veterinary care and vaccines in addition to conducting training courses taught by livestock specialists.

The center’s agricultural support in Aleppo, Atarib, Hama, Qalaat Al-Madiq, Homs, Al-Rastan, Talbisa, Gharnata, and Zafarana included the distribution of 9,917 agricultural baskets that contain vegetable seeds, compound fertilizers, pesticides, and 60-liter fuel vouchers to be used in supplemental irrigation.

Livestock activities are supported through the distribution of 4,020 lambs to 2,101 families in Azaz and Daraa. The KSRelief also provided 100 Syrian families with cows in Azaz and Daraa, and these cows will be provided with the necessary medicines, vaccines, and full veterinary supervision provided the project’s directors oversee them for 6 months during which milk is distributed to 100 displaced families in the targeted areas. 


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

Updated 26 June 2019
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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.