FaceOf: Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, KSA’s first minister of culture

FaceOf: Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan. AN (Ziyad AlArfaj)
Updated 06 June 2018
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FaceOf: Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, KSA’s first minister of culture

  • Prince Badr is the current governor of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula.
  • Until Prince Badr’s appointment as culture minister, he was the chairman of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG).

JEDDAH: Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al-Saud is Saudi Arabia’s first Minister of Culture.

He was appointed by a royal decree released on Saturday that establishes the Ministry of Culture as an independent ministry, responsible for activities related to culture.

Prince Badr is the current governor of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula, a post he has held since the body was created in July 2017 to oversee archaeological and tourism projects in the governorate of Al-Ula in Madinah province.

He developed two agreements with the government of France and the Arab World Institute in Paris. He initiated a scholarship program for the province’s students and developed a partnership with the faculty of design at Harvard University to stimulate innovation and scientific and archaeological publications in the province.

Until Prince Badr’s appointment as culture minister, he was the chairman of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), a post he has held since December 2015.

Prince Badr Al-Farhan holds a bachelor’s degree in law from King Saud University in Riyadh. He went to the same university as Saudi Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who also graduated from the faculty of law and political science, majoring in law.

He served as a member of the board of directors of the General Authority for Culture and participated in the development of strategies to improve the culture sector in the Kingdom and enrich the Saudi cultural scene inside and outside the Kingdom.


Formula E brings racing-themed roadshow to Jeddah

Updated 17 November 2018
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Formula E brings racing-themed roadshow to Jeddah

  • The Road to Ad Diriyah will give Jeddah a taste of the historical three-day festival of racing, live music, culture and entertainment that is set to take place in Ad Diriyah
  • More than 6,000 motorsport fans stormed to Khobar last week for the road show

DUBAI: After a successful run in Khobar last week, Road to Ad Diriyah, a racing-themed entertainment event, is set to visit Jeddah as the country gears up for all-electric street car-racing activities in December.

More than 6,000 motorsport fans stormed to Khobar last week for the road show, which featured racing-themed activities heralding the upcoming 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix on Dec. 13 to 15, a first-of-its-kind sporting event in the Middle East.

The Jeddah edition opens on Nov. 22, with most of the activities from the previous one, as well as an e-sports competition whose winner will take home SAR 1,000,000.

The ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah e-sports championship allows fans to command a SAR 250,000 professional racing simulator. The 16 best participants will then be invited to Ad Diriyah in December for the grand finals.

The Road to Ad Diriyah will give Jeddah a taste of what the historical three-day festival of racing, live music, culture and entertainment that is set to take place in Ad Diriyah will be like.

Bavaria Zaman, who visited the Khobar show with husband Rashid Khan and kids Nawal, Daiin and Nashin, said: "I think it's fantastic. The kids are running around and having fun."

The upcoming E-Prix is the first in a 10-year partnership between ABB FIA Formula E and the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA) and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF).