Artisans compete for SR300k award at Saudi Arabia’s Souq Okaz

Updated 03 July 2018
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Artisans compete for SR300k award at Saudi Arabia’s Souq Okaz

  • There are four female and male artisans participating in gypsum art, palm products, accessories, drawing and carving

JEDDAH: Artisans participating in the 12th edition of Souq Okaz are competing for an innovation award worth SR300,000 ($80,000), sponsored by the National Handicrafts program “Bari.”
The award is divided into these categories: Manufacturing of palm products, sadu (spinning and weaving of goat and sheep wool), manual carpeting, crochet and embroidery, manufacturing and carving of wood products, drawing or carving or hand-decorating any natural material and other innovative products.
Seventy-six men and women artisans from all over the Kingdom are participating in the competition, in addition to the participation of three countries — the UAE, Egypt and Oman — with 15 female and male artisans (five from each country). There are four female and male artisans participating in gypsum art, palm products, accessories, drawing and carving.
This is the second edition of Souk Okaz since King Salman gave the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) the responsibility of organizing the event in coordination with executive bodies in the Makkah region and Taif.


Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

Updated 24 April 2019
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Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

  • “We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said
  • Delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz in Russia for an official visit

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman said the Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism and disrespect international laws at the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.

“We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said adding that “Iran is spreading chaos in the region through destruction and bloodshed, and by supporting the militias of Hezbollah and Houthis.”

“Houthi militias continue to violate the resolutions of the Security Council and the Stockholm Agreement, ignored UN resolution 2216 and the Gulf initiative…our goal is to achieve stability for Yemeni citizens under a legitimate government,” he said.

The deputy defense minister also said that the Kingdom is witnessing today an unprecedented transformation and development to achieve the vision 2030.

A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit on Tuesday, during which the members will take part in the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security and hold a number of meetings.

Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali, military adviser Maj. Gen. Talal Al-Otaibi and Military Attache Gen. Mohammad Al-Mutairi, along with the deputy chief of staff of the Russian defense ministry and other civilian and military officials.