Royal Commission for Al-Ula launches ‘rock naming’ competition with SR100,000 top prize

The Royal Commission for Al-Ula has launched a ‘rock naming’ competition with a SR100,000 top prize. (Royal Commission for Al-Ula/rca.gov.sa)
Updated 13 September 2018
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Royal Commission for Al-Ula launches ‘rock naming’ competition with SR100,000 top prize

  • The commission said it hopes the competition will “take participants to the heart of the Al-Ula”
  • Participants should take a photo of a unique rock formation in Al-Ula and suggest a name for it

LONDON: The Royal Commission for Al-Ula has launched a new competition — called “Name A Rock” — in which people have been asked to give names to rock formations within the governorate.
In a statement, the commission said it hopes the competition will “take participants to the heart of the Al-Ula” and enable them to “explore the unique and awe-inspiring rock formations that characterize the province to introduce them to the world.”
Participants should take a photo of a unique rock formation in Al-Ula and suggest a name for it. In addition, participants should provide the reason behind the naming and locate the rock on the map.

Registration closes in two months, nominations will be taken in November for voting until December, after which judges will evaluate the entries before three winners are announced and cash prizes will be awarded — with first place scooping SR100,000
Al-Ula province is home to several archaeological treasures, which includes Madain Saleh, which became Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
Home to dramatic desert landscapes, spectacular rock formations and some of the Middle East’s most significant ancient sites including those built by Lihyanite and Nabataean civilizations of the first millennium BC and beyond, historic Al-Ula is described as a wonder of the ancient Arabian world.
Registration can be found here.

 


Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

Updated 22 February 2019
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Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

ARAB NEWS BEIJING: Leading academics and literary talents from Saudi Arabia and China will be honored under an award scheme sponsored by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom and China during a visit to King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University in Beijing on Thursday.
The announcement was made on the eve of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to China, the latest stop on an Asian tour.
The cultural cooperation award will honor leading academics, translators and high-achievers from the Kingdom and China in the categories: Best scientific research in Arabic, best artistic work, best Chinese-Arabic book translation and vice versa, person of the year, and most influential person of the year in the cultural milieu.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said: “This partnership is in the name of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and represents the common commitment to build cultural bridges between the two countries, developing cultural exchange, and promoting artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens.”
He said the yearly award will promote language, literature, and Arabic and creative arts in China, and encourage cultural exchange.
The Kingdom and China have a long history of cultural cooperation, including the annual Arabic Arts Festival.
The King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University was inaugurated in 2017 during King Salman’s official visit to China, where he received an honorary doctorate degree.