New exhibition illuminates the history of Islamic manuscripts

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Prince Turki AlFaisal at the opening of the exhibition with the Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Farhan. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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Exhibition is at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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Exhibition is at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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Exhibition is at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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Exhibition is at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
Updated 10 February 2019
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New exhibition illuminates the history of Islamic manuscripts

  • The 60 exhibits include illustrated manuscripts embellished with gold and featuring different forms of calligraphy from across the centuries and dynasties

RIYADH: “Wahj: Adornment of the Page,” an exhibition of illustrated and miniature Islamic manuscripts featuring some rare and ancient examples, has opened at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCIRS) in Riyadh.

“The center is rich with a number of priceless historical manuscripts that cannot be found anywhere in the world except at the KFCIRS,” said Prince Abdullah bin Khaled, the center’s director of research. 

“This exhibition features decorative manuscripts, specifically. We welcome all visitors to the exhibition, which will be open for six months.”

The event — which was officially opened on Feb. 6 by Prince Turki Al-Faisal, the center’s chairman, and Prince Bader bin Abdullah, the minister of culture — showcases a variety of ornate Islamic manuscripts, including ancient and rare examples, which provide insight into Islamic art and calligraphy. 

The 60 exhibits include illustrated manuscripts embellished with gold and featuring different forms of calligraphy from across the centuries and dynasties.

They are just a small selection from the 60,000 precious and historical manuscripts preserved by the center, a collection of international Islamic manuscripts and rare heritage pieces that is considered the largest in the world.

The art of decorating and gilding manuscripts flourished in the Islamic world in the Middle Ages. 

The King Faisal Center is one of the most important organizations involved in preserving and displaying rare and unique original Arabic and Islamic manuscripts. 

It aims to highlight Islamic heritage and Arab art, along with the contributions of Islamic civilization to science, culture and the arts.

The exhibition will be open to the public for the next six months, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019
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Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.