Ithra prize puts Saudi artists in the frame

Ithra has invited artists in Saudi Arabia to take part in the second edition of the Ithra Art Prize. (Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 02 November 2018
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Ithra prize puts Saudi artists in the frame

  • The winning artist will be announced in January 2019
  • The artwork will also be featured at Art Dubai 2019, a leading international art fair to be held at Madinat Jumeirah on March 20-23

The King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) has invited Saudi and Saudi-based artists to take part in the second edition of the Ithra Art Prize held in collaboration with Art Dubai.
The winning artist will be announced in January 2019 and their work included in Ithra’s prestigious and fast-growing art collection.
The artwork will also be featured at Art Dubai 2019, a leading international art fair to be held at Madinat Jumeirah on March 20-23. The winning artist will receive financial support to develop their proposed work.
Ali Al-Mutairi, director of the Ithra, said: “We look forward to building on our success this year in the field of contemporary art and to showcase Saudi art on the global stage.”
Ayman Zedani, winner of the 2018 edition of the Ithra Art Prize, said: “Being a part of the Ithra Art Prize was an extraordinary experience that allowed me to produce the largest body of work I have ever worked on. I encourage any Saudi or Saudi-based artist who is hoping to push their career forward to submit a proposal for the prize and make use of the great platform that Ithra is offering.”
Saudi and Saudi-based artists can register via Ithra’s website. Registrations close on Dec. 2. Applications are accepted from individual artists as well as collectives and are limited to one artwork proposal per application. The proposal should be for a new original work, exclusive to the center and Art Dubai.


Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

Updated 19 April 2019
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Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

JEDDAH: Saudi border guards rescued a French female tourist on Friday after she broke her leg on board a cruise ship in the Red Sea.
The 85-year-old was aboard the Costa Luminosa off the coast of south-west Saudi Arabia when the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Jeddah received an emergency call from the King Abdulaziz International Airport’s search and rescue center, saying the women needed emergency medical attention.The details of the message was passed to the Saudi Arabia Border Guards.
The border guard’s vessel Al-Lith was sent to meet the cruise ship near Al-Qahma, in the Kingdom’s south-western Asir region.
Lt Col. Misfer Bin Ghanam Al-Qarni, border guards spokesman, said the patient was transferred to Jazan, where she was then taken to Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital by ambulance.
The Costa Luminosa, which was traveling from Salalah in Oman toward Aqaba in Jordan, continued on its voyage.