70 artisans feature handicrafts at Saudi Arabia’s Souq Okaz fest

The contest aims to encourage men and women artisans to introduce their works and take them to new horizons.
Updated 11 July 2018
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70 artisans feature handicrafts at Saudi Arabia’s Souq Okaz fest

  • The contest aims to encourage men and women artisans to introduce their works and take them to new horizons
  • The criteria this year focuses on four elements: Authenticity, innovation, distinction and the product’s economy and advertising

JEDDAH: Seventy male and female craftsmen from all over the Kingdom are taking part in the craft contest at the Souq Okaz in its 12th edition.
Dr. Faisal Al-Khamis, general supervisor of the National Program of Crafts and Handicrafts (Bari’) said the “Okaz prize for innovation and creativity in handcrafts” is worth SR300,000 ($80,000) and includes eight categories.
The contest aims to encourage men and women artisans to introduce their works and take them to new horizons, renewing the innovation in the field that Saudi Arabia is proud of.
Al-Khamis indicated that the arbitration criteria this year reflect the artisans’ distinction.
Eight associations and centers are participating in the Bari’ show for artisans.
The criteria this year focuses on four elements: Authenticity, innovation, distinction and the product’s economy and advertising. The arbitration committee is formed of five of the best local and international judges in different fields. The contest is divided into eight 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, manufacturing of innovative handcrafts and heritage traditional works.


Saudi cultural attaché in the UK meets Saudi teachers, inaugurates student activities in Scotland

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Saudi cultural attaché in the UK meets Saudi teachers, inaugurates student activities in Scotland

JEDDAH: The cultural attache at the Saudi Embassy in London, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Mugaishi, met at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, Saudi teachers who are currently undergoing a training course as part of the “Experiences” program implemented by the ministry of education.
Al-Mugaishi was briefed on the program prepared per the plan of the National Center for Vocational and Technical Education at the ministry of education, which includes an intensive course in English, the study of modern theories and educational strategies applied in Scotland, and the application of such theories within classrooms in general education schools.
Then he launched the 38th edition of the activities of the clubs of Saudi students who were sent to Scotland at Strathclyde University in Glasgow
The inauguration ceremony was attended by a number of Saudi students studying in different universities and institutes of Scotland,
In his address on this occasion, Dr. Al-Mugaishi stressed the importance of scholarship in advancing the Kingdom and its children, as well as the academic and professional careers of students, and the importance of imparting the acquired knowledge, science and expertise to the homeland in order to contribute effectively to the Kingdom’s march of progress and development.
The cultural attaché bureau continuously communicates with the scholarship students to provide them with all the required support so that they achieve their coveted goals, and return to their homeland equipped with the latest science, knowledge and technology and transfer them to the Kingdom to contribute further to its progress and prosperity.
The ceremony featured poem recitation and a movie highlighting the activities of the students un various Scottish universities, in addition to a short movie under the theme” We are King Salman’s men.”
After that, the cultural attaché launched the Dundee Club on its Internet site, enabling it to independently serve all students in the various Scottish universities and institutes.
Towards the end of the ceremony, the cultural attaché answered the questions of the students.