Cultural ties will add new facet to Saudi-South Korean relations

South Korean Ambassador Jo Byung-Wook
Updated 01 September 2018
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Cultural ties will add new facet to Saudi-South Korean relations

  • The caravan will promote cultural cooperation and increase mutual goodwill between Korea and Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea also plans to hold the first-ever Korean history and culture exhibition in Riyadh later this year

RIYADH: Enhancing Saudi-South Korean cultural ties will add “an important facet” to the “very wide-ranging” bilateral relationship, South Korean Ambassador Jo Byung-Wook told Arab News on Saturday. 

The Korea-Arab Friendship Caravan will be held in the Saudi capital on Oct. 14. More than 20 Korean artists will perform at the cultural event in the Riyadh-based King Fahd Cultural Center (KFCC), said Jo. It is being organized by the Seoul-based Korea-Arab Society (KAS), a nonprofit foundation.

“Designed to promote mutual understanding and communication between Korea and the Arab world, particularly with Saudi Arabia, the Korea-Arab Friendship Caravan will offer Korean cultural programs that combine tradition and modernity to effectively introduce Korean culture and art to the Arab region,” the ambassador said. 

“The caravan will promote cultural cooperation and increase mutual goodwill between Korea and the Kingdom on the one hand, and between Korea and the Arab world on the other.”

South Korea “plans to hold the first-ever Korean history and culture exhibition in Riyadh later this year,” Jo added. 

The exhibition will run for about two months, and will be organized in collaboration with Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), the envoy said. 

“Cultural exchange allows us to have a deeper understanding of each other,” he added, citing the Asian tour of the Roads of Arabia Exhibition, which was organized by the SCTH in South Korea last year.

“The Korean Embassy (in the Kingdom) will also hold a mega National Day celebration with great fanfare by the end of October this year,” Jo said. 

The celebration will feature cultural shows, and will be followed by a jointly organized health care forum later this year, he added.

“There’s a need to focus on strong complementarities and mutual interests that remain largely untapped,” Jo said. 

Extensive cultural exchanges can lay “the groundwork and create networks for the long-term development of ever-deeper levels of understanding, friendship and cooperation,” he added.


Elite leaders and inventors gather in Riyadh for global youth forum

This year’s schedule is being kept under wraps until Wednesday. (AFP)
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Elite leaders and inventors gather in Riyadh for global youth forum

  • Keynote speakers at previous events have included the UAE Minister State for Youth Affairs, Shamma Al-Mazrui, Queen Rania of Jordan and Microsoft founder Bill Gates
  • The foundation will present the Global Youth Index, covering youth trends across 25 countries

RIYADH: The Misk Global Forum will open in Riyadh on Wednesday with an eye on the future, reflected in the theme for the third annual event: “Skills for Our Tomorrow.” 

The theme is very much in keeping with the aim of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2011 to develop and empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the future economy.

Also at this year’s forum, the foundation will present the Global Youth Index, covering youth trends across 25 countries.

Since its first year in 2016, the forum has become an anticipated event for young Saudis, who get to connect with leaders and innovators from around the world in a series of workshops and panels.

“In addition to hosting an elite group of speakers, the forum also offers a unique opportunity for young leaders, inventors and creators to interact with renowned global leaders and inventors,” Shaima Hamidaddin, the forum’s program lead, explains on the website.

“Throughout the interactive sessions, youth from all over the world can discover, experience and experiment new concepts and insights to meet the challenge of change.”

Each year, MGF chooses a different theme. In 2016, it was “Young Leaders Together,” aimed at empowering a generation of entrepreneurs in the region, while in 2017 it was “Meeting the Challenge of Change.” 

Keynote speakers at previous events have included the UAE Minister State for Youth Affairs, Shamma Al-Mazrui, Queen Rania of Jordan and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. 

This year’s schedule is being kept under wraps until Wednesday, but workshops and panels will address three key points: Thriving as adaptable individuals, adjusting to the human-machine partnership and revamping uniquely human collaboration. 

These are broken down into five core skills that will enhance the way young people live and work in the future: Novel thinking, social intelligence, judgment and decision making, adaptability and resilience, and initiative and self-direction.   

More than 3,500 delegates and 100 speakers are expected to attend this year’s forum at Four Seasons Riyadh on Wednesday and Thursday.