Saudi Arabia’s Tanween creativity festival gets off to a flying start in Dhahran

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Tanween creativity festival opens. (AN photo/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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Tanween creativity festival opens. (AN photo/Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 14 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s Tanween creativity festival gets off to a flying start in Dhahran

  • Tanween, a 17-day creativity festival at the arts center in Dhahran that will explore creativity in art, music, film, theater, science, literature, cultural heritage and entrepreneurship
  • During the official launch, Nasser also toured a hall filled with fantastical installations, including a giant block floating in the air

DHAHRAN: Three, two, one, lift-off! With the press of a button, Ithra’s distinctive, futuristic tower was illuminated on Thursday night by a rocket launch. The 3D animated spectacle signaled the start of Tanween, a 17-day creativity festival at the arts center in Dhahran that will explore creativity in art, music, film, theater, science, literature, cultural heritage and entrepreneurship.

Amin H. Nasser, the president and CEO of Aramco, pressed the button for the first public viewing of the light show, but for the next three weeks other visitors will get a chance to do the same, setting off a display projected onto the tower featuring 3D images representing the festival’s themes of fashion, science, manufacturing and art.

During the official launch, Nasser also toured a hall filled with fantastical installations, including a giant block floating in the air. He was accompanied by other VIP guests, including Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, the president of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities and chair of the board of the Arab Regional Center for World Heritage. Some of the officials laughed like children as they pretended to lift the block and gazed in wonder at bubbles falling from the ceiling. 

This is just the beginning of an event sure to delight the senses of all who visit. In addition to exhibits and a series of workshops, there will also be talks featuring special guests. Friday’s guests include former “Mythbusters” star and special effects whiz Adam Savage. BBC TV science presenter Greg Foot will also appear during the event.


Peace is our priority but the world must take a stand against Iran, says Saudi cabinet

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Peace is our priority but the world must take a stand against Iran, says Saudi cabinet

  • Saudi cabinet says the international community must take firm action against the regime in Tehran
  • Saudi’s king invites GCC leaders to hold Gulf and Arab summits in Makkah on May 30

JEDDAH: The Saudi cabinet on Tuesday said that while the Kingdom believes all people in the region have a right to live in peace, including the Iranians, the international community must take firm action against the regime in Tehran to prevent it from spreading destruction and chaos.

After a meeting of the Council of Ministers at Assalam Palace, presided over by King Salman, Turki Al-Shabanah, the minister of media, told the Saudi Press Agency that the cabinet reviewed reports on regional and global development, and the king invited GCC leaders to hold Gulf and Arab summits in Makkah on May 30. The invitation reflects the Kingdom’s desire to work with other nations to boost security and stability in the region, the minister said, especially in light of the Iran’s continuing aggressive actions. The regime’s recent activities threaten regional and international peace and security, and the supply and stability of international oil markets, he added.

Al-Shabanah reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to peace and said it will make every effort to prevent war. The nation’s hand is always extended, he added, in the belief that everyone in the region, including the Iranians, has the right to live in a secure and stable environment.

However, the cabinet called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities by taking a firm stance against the actions of the regime in Tehran, to prevent its disruptive and destructive activities throughout the world. It also called on Iran to halt the reckless and irresponsible behavior of its agents, to save the region from the dangers they pose and potential repercussions.

The cabinet also expressed the Kingdom’s hopes and expectations that the 14th Ordinary Session of the Islamic Summit Conference, will encourage unity of response to ongoing events in the Islamic world. The summit, chaired by King Salman, will be held in Makkah on May 31 under the title “Makkah Summit: Hand in Hand toward the Future.”

Ministers heard that the Kingdom has sent $250 million to the Central Bank of Sudan as part of a previously announced package of assistance in partnership with the United Arab Emirates. This latest demonstration of support from the Kingdom to the Sudanese people aims to help stabilize the country’s economy, and strengthen the Sudanese pound in particular, to help improve the lives of the nation’s people.

The cabinet also welcomed the decision of the 14th meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee to monitor an oil production reduction agreement concluded in Jeddah, which was headed by the Kingdom and Russia, and affirmed its commitment to balancing the oil market and stabilizing it on a sustainable basis.

Turning to local affairs, the Council of Ministers confirmed the generous support of SR 100 million ($26.7 million) from the king, and SR 30 million from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the Jood Housing platform. Launched a day earlier, and supervised by the National Housing Development Association, it aims to accelerate the development process through the introduction of a new model of social solidarity, in which government, charities and commercial entities work together in accordance with regulations designed to provide support for those in need.

The council also discussed the results of the 26th meeting of the region’s governors, and praised the king for his directives designed to preserve security and help people throughout the Kingdom.