The Six: Art at Jameel Arts Center

Jameel Arts Center in Dubai. (Supplied)
Updated 02 January 2019

The Six: Art at Jameel Arts Center

DUBAI: The newly opened Jameel Arts Center in Dubai is proving to be another worthwhile cultural treat for art aficionados in the region. Here are some must-see displays that are ongoing.

Seventeen contemporary artists join forces to explore the important role of oil in the Middle East’s social, cultural and economic transformation over the years.

Chiharu Shiota
In this solo exhibition, the Japanese artist uses intricate yarn technique to create immersive structures that deal with ideas of displacement, time and the entanglements of life.

Lala Rukh
A prominent feminist icon from Pakistan, Rukh has influenced generations of artists in her home country and beyond. This exhibition features various multimedia pieces spanning 22 years.

Maha Malluh
Discarded materials are repurposed into large-scale installations in this exhibition by Malluh, whose works manifest Saudi Arabia’s vernacular and visual culture.

Mounira Al-Solh
Textile and video pieces are featured in this solo exhibition that explores a political theme, influenced by this artist’s Lebanese and European origins.

Shaikha Al-Mazrou
A sculpture lecturer at the University of Sharjah, Al-Mazrou puts together a light-filled, segmented greenhouse in this garden exhibition that explores dichotomous concepts.


Jeddah's Kanz Al-Balad, Al-Ozwa Street Performance enthrall visitors

Updated 16 June 2019

Jeddah's Kanz Al-Balad, Al-Ozwa Street Performance enthrall visitors

  • Kanz Al-Balad takes visitors on a historical journey through Jeddah’s Al-Balad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Al-Ozwa Street Performance is an interactive play about a young man who is preparing for his engagement ceremony

JEDDAH: The 40-day Jeddah Season festival is currently underway, with the launch of a schedule of international shows and plays being presented for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

The festival, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, forms part of a major drive to boost tourism in the Kingdom.

Most of the festival’s events are taking place at King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah’s historical area, Al-Hamra Corniche and the Jeddah Waterfront.

Among the events is the Kanz Al-Balad scavenger hunt for families and children, with 41 shows lined up for the duration of the festival. 

Kanz Al-Balad is organized daily at Bab Jadeed from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and is aimed at helping participants learn more about Jeddah, interact with businesses, and improve their creativity and problem-solving skills.

Participants are split into teams, and are tasked with finding hidden objects or places with the help of clues.

Kanz Al-Balad takes visitors on a historical journey through Jeddah’s Al-Balad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For comedy and history lovers, Al-Ozwa Street Performance is a must. There are four 45-minute shows daily until the end of the festival.

The interactive play, set 100 years ago, is about a young man named Omar who is preparing for his engagement ceremony, and encounters a dilemma unrelated to his engagement.

He needs the audience’s help to get him out of the trouble he is in, and to have a problem-free engagement ceremony. Show timings are 6:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m. and 10 p. m.

Raed Abuzinada, general supervisor of Jeddah Season, said the festival is part of a national initiative to promote the tourism sector, which is a major contributor to the Saudi economy.

Visitors buying tickets online for any of the festival’s events can secure an e-tourism visa at the same time, he added. The visa will be issued within three minutes, he said. Details are at