Renowned calligraphers display their work at Saudi Arabia’s Souq Okaz

The show allows visitors to learn more about the techniques used in creating art work. SPA
Updated 09 July 2018

Renowned calligraphers display their work at Saudi Arabia’s Souq Okaz

  • The souq is a unique chance to dive into a 1,000-year-old culture
  • The souq represents an important chapter in the history of the Arabs before Islam

MAKKAH: The Makkah Development Authority took part in cultural events at the 12th annual Souq Okaz by displaying 20 creative works by famous calligraphers at the pavilion of Arabic calligraphy in Okaz Cultural Avenue.
The calligraphy show allows visitors and interested people to learn more about the participating calligraphers’ experiences and techniques used in creating their work. Authentic calligraphy of a series of verses from the Qur’an and proverbs formed the main content of the show. There were Saudi calligraphers such as Nasser Al-Maymoun and Fahd Al-Mujhidi, calligraphers from the Gulf and Arab states such as Zaki Al-Hashimi, and some of the best calligraphers from the Islamic world, including Daood Biktash and Othman Ozjay.
They aimed to promote and encourage visitors’ interest in Arabic calligraphy and related arts. It also represents an initiative by the authority to honor the calligraphers who have made special contributions in the field of calligraphy and modern arts. The show invites interested visitors to benefit from special events to develop their skills, and achieve the authority’s goals of promoting the cultural aspects of society.
Souq Okaz is a unique tourism destination in Taif, and is considered one of the most important in the Kingdom.
For 1,500 years, the festival has organized poetry contests, horse shows and textile workshops. It has become a go-to annual event for those wishing to discover Saudi Arabia’s roots.
In this mountainous town in the middle of the desert, one can discover the foundations of Saudi culture through shows, traditional clothing, handicrafts, art and textiles. The souq is a unique chance to dive into a 1,000-year-old culture.
Many tourists from around the world visit the souq, which has provided a unique historical and artistic forum gathering intellectuals and people interested in literature and culture.
Souq Okaz last year introduced a new event, “Narrator’s Tent” under the supervision of the King Abdul Aziz Research Center (Darah), in which six narrators, four from the GCC countries and two from Saudi Arabia, recounted historical stories about the most important historical events of the Arabian Peninsula.
Okaz Avenue, where most of the events and performances are organized, is considered the most important element of the Souq Okaz. It also includes a number of cultural and heritage events, and theater performances. The Souq Okaz over the years has witnessed comprehensive development due to the efforts of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-
The souq represents an important chapter in the history of the Arabs before Islam. It was more than a trade fair, serving as a cultural, social, economic and political gathering of Arabs.
This year’s edition, which will end on July 13, was opened under the patronage of King Salman, with Egypt the honorary guest.
This is the second edition since the king gave the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) the responsibility of organizing the event, in coordination with executive bodies in Makkah and Taif.

Riyadh, Beirut stress need to confront Islamic extremism

Updated 20 June 2019

Riyadh, Beirut stress need to confront Islamic extremism

  • Saudi-Lebanese Parliamentary Friendship Committee reaffirms the importance of restoring peace and harmony among all Arab countries

BEIRUT: A delegation from the Saudi Shoura Council, headed by Saleh bin Manea Al-Khalewi, began an official visit to Lebanon on Tuesday, meeting President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

It is the first visit of the council to Lebanon, to convene the first meeting of the Saudi-Lebanese Parliamentary Friendship Committee, headed by Tammam Salam.

Aoun praised “the fraternal relations between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia,” and reaffirmed “the paramount importance of restoring peace and harmony among all Arab countries, for the benefit of all,” wishing to establish “peace on solid foundations based on the principle of respect for the vital interests of every country.”

He underlined that political differences should not allow deviation from the principles of the Arab League charter, and hailed Saudi Arabia’s recent decision to lift the ban on its citizens traveling to Lebanon in time for the summer season, hoping that the “Kingdom witnesses further success and growth.

“Lebanon is more than ready to cooperate in all areas to achieve this end, especially in the presence of an important Lebanese community in the Kingdom that contributed to its prosperity,” he added.

Al-Khalewi underscored the “historic relations between the two countries and the two brotherly peoples,” emphasizing the importance of the ongoing support provided by the Kingdom to Lebanon. He also praised Aoun’s keenness to build Arab solidarity and consensus.

The committee discussed means of developing cooperation in legislative sectors in the two countries, serving the goal of greater Arab solidarity. Delegates agreed on the need for stability and peace in Arab countries, and the need to confront Islamic extremism leading to domestic and international acts of terrorism.