Tuwaiq Sculpture Symposium ends in Riyadh

The Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium was the first event of its kind in the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 23 March 2019

Tuwaiq Sculpture Symposium ends in Riyadh

  • The artists thanked the authority for the successful organization of the event

RIYADH: The Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium ended on Friday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
It began in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter earlier this month, featuring the works of 23 artists from 18 different countries, and was held under the patronage of Prince Badr bin Abdullah, minister of culture and chairman of the board of directors of the General Authority of the Diplomatic Quarter.
The artists came from Albania, Italy, Serbia, Germany, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Denmark, Spain, Slovenia, England, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Iraq, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Fahd bin Mushayt, executive chairman of the General Authority of the Diplomatic Quarter, said: “The event’s importance lies in the diversity of nationalities taking part in it. This helped establish a suitable environment for cultural, expertise and experience exchange among some of the world’s most famous artists.
“The holding of such artistic and cultural events contributes to the promotion of expertise, the development of capabilities and the sustainability of such artistic fields,” he said, adding that the symposium was in line with the authority’s recently adopted strategy to promote international cultural dialogue and local culture.
The artists thanked the authority for the successful organization of the event.
The symposium’s three Saudi participants were Ali Al-Toukhais, his nephew Talal Altukhaes, and Mohammad Althagafi.
Altukhaes, who was an organizer as well as a participant, previously told Arab News that the goal of the symposium was to create an environment in which artists could share techniques, collaborate with one another, and promote a sense of camaraderie.
The symposium was attended by students, experts and the ambassadors of the artists’ countries.
Some visitors took part in the closing ceremony and were offered the opportunity to examine the sculptures and meet the artists.


Saudi technical students to showcase skills at global contest

Updated 15 min 26 sec ago

Saudi technical students to showcase skills at global contest

  • ‘WorldSkills’ started in 1950 after the head of the Spanish Workers Union called for the organization of the first national vocational competition in Madrid

MOSCOW, Russia: Saudi students and experts will be showcasing their innovative skills in aircraft maintenance and welding during the “WorldSkills” competition to be held in Kazan, Russia on Thursday. 

The competition will run for six days and will see the participation of representatives from 75 countries.

“This is a biennial global competition during which more than 700 young men and women from 75 countries compete in 56 various categories,” said the CEO of Colleges of Excellence Dr. Fahad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Tuwaijri. 

The competition will run for six days and will see the participation of more than 700 young men and women from 75 countries. (SPA)

“The competition covers industrial and service professions with the highest international standards to promote technical and vocational training and raise awareness about the impact of such training.

“This competition aims to shed light on the importance of technical skills, encourage young people to acquire them, discover their skills and develop them and find cooperation opportunities among contestants and different sectors,” he added.

Those who qualified from international technical colleges and strategic partnership institutes were: Idris Abduljalil Al-Haji from the International Aviation Technical College (IATC) in Riyadh, Hassan Hussain Al-Rashid from the Saudi Technical Institute for Petroleum Services, aircraft maintenance expert Ibrahim Khalid Yamani from IATC, and welding expert engineer Ghazi Mohammed Al-Mustanir from the Saudi Technical Institute for Petroleum Services.

“Saudi students impressed the participants during previous local and international competitions,” Al-Tuwaijri said, adding “Yamani was chosen as the best aircraft maintenance expert during the 2017 competition held in Abu Dhabi.”

“WorldSkills” started in 1950 after the head of the Spanish Workers Union called for the organization of the first national vocational competition in Madrid.