Saudi transport minister checks preparations ahead of Hajj

Saudi Arabia’s transport minister Nabil bin Mohammad Al-Amoudi making preparations for Hajj. (SPA)
Updated 14 August 2018

Saudi transport minister checks preparations ahead of Hajj

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s transport minister Nabil bin Mohammad Al-Amoudi is following on the Transport ministry’s preparations in Makkah and Jeddah for this Hajj season.
The minister held tours to ensure that all transport sectors are prepared to serve the pilgrims and the smoothness of their transport from one place to another.

Al-Amoudi also checked works of maintenance and and the traffic flow on the Al-Haramain Road (highway between Jeddah and Makkah) , as well as the Prince Fawaz bridge project which has been recently inaugurated after expanding it to four lanes in both directions, removing intersections, and replacing them with roundabout entrances to avoid congestion.
The tours also included a visit to a shelter and a security setting center on the Makkah-Jeddah highway, as well as checking on the validity of licenses for buses transporting pilgrims, detecting transport violations.


Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

Updated 19 August 2019

Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

  • One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020
  • A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is to set up arts academies, including two in the next two years, offering a step toward academic qualification and enlarging the Kingdom’s footprint in heritage, arts and crafts, and music.

The initiative is part of the Ministry of Culture’s Quality of Life program. 

The minister, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, said investment in “capacity building” was one of the most important elements in encouraging the cultural sector, which enjoyed unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kingdom was rich in diverse arts, talents and artistic production, Prince Badr said, and the academies would be a first step toward academic qualification in the arts within the Kingdom.

One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs. 

A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021.

The music academy in particular will be “the core of music production and talent development in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi musician, composer and producer Mamdouh Saif told Arab News.

The music industry was a large and diverse field, Saif said, and education was crucial. 

“The academy is the right place to launch the music industry in Saudi Arabia, and it will have a significant impact on Saudi youth, and young people in surrounding countries,” he said.

He expects “a very high turnout” for the academy among young Saudis. 

“Due to my expertise in this area, I receive many questions from people who want to learn music, but through private lessons,” he said.

“But the availability of an academy for this purpose, that teaches music in a methodological way, will be the right start for those interested in music.”