Saudi Arabia achieves world record for largest Kufic calligraphic piece

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Saudi Society for Culture and Arts has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for constructing the largest Arabic Kufic piece, with 8,083 pieces of lego. (SPA)
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Saudi Society for Culture and Arts has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for constructing the largest Arabic Kufic piece, with 8,083 pieces of lego. (SPA)
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Saudi Society for Culture and Arts has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for constructing the largest Arabic Kufic piece, with 8,083 pieces of lego. (SPA)
Updated 10 June 2018
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Saudi Arabia achieves world record for largest Kufic calligraphic piece

  • Kufic is the oldest calligraphic form of the various Arabic scripts
  • Until about the 11th century it was the main script used to copy the Qur’an

JEDDAH: The Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for constructing the largest Arabic Kufic piece, with 8,083 pieces of lego.
Kufic is the oldest calligraphic form of the various Arabic scripts.
It was prevalent in manuscripts from the 7th to 10th centuries.
Until about the 11th century it was the main script used to copy the Qur’an.
Planning and training for the construction took 23 days, said Maha Al-Talha, assistant project manager and head of the visual photography department in SASCA’s Riyadh branch.
Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Agla, project manager and SASCA spokesman, expressed his pride in the achievement, and commended the support provided by Chairman Omar bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saif.
SASCA, based in Riyadh, has 16 branches, with groups in Jeddah, Madinah and Al-Baha.
SASCA has been active for about 40 years, fostering different artistic fields, such as literature and visual arts.
For decades Saudi Arabia has combined its culture and information ministries.
Last week, King Salman announced the creation of an independent Culture Ministry in the Kingdom with an aim to promote Saudi Arabia’s rich cultural heritage.

 


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.