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.


Deal signed to localize 80,000 jobs in real estate, contracting

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Deal signed to localize 80,000 jobs in real estate, contracting

  • The deal aims to increase the Saudization rate and motivate growth in the real estate and contracting sectors

JEDDAH: A memorandum of cooperation (MoC) was signed on Wednesday to localize 80,000 jobs for men and women in the real estate and contracting sectors starting this year until the end of 2020. 

The MoC aims to increase the Saudization rate and motivate growth in the real estate and contracting sectors. 

It was signed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, the Housing Ministry, the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) and the Saudi Contractors Authority (SCA).

The signing ceremony was attended by Housing Minister Majed Al-Hogail, Labor and Social Development Minister and HRDF Chairman Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi, Deputy Labor and Social Development Minister Dr. Abdullah bin Nasser Abuthnain, and SCA Chairman Osama bin Hassan Al-Afaliq, among others.

Under the MoC, the partners will work to localize human capital in the real estate and contracting sectors, providing job opportunities for Saudis, and improving employees’ skills.

The MoC’s clauses provide for coordination between the relevant parties to monitor the impact of Saudization on the sectors, issue legislation and regulations to achieve targets, and increase employment rates. 

The partners agreed to form a joint team of specialists to develop a working mechanism, provide a detailed plan to ensure effective implementation, and submit regular progress reports.