The sultan of Bollywood Salman Khan on stage at Sharqiah Season

Salman Khan gave a talk at the King Abdulaziz Culure Center, Ithra, as part of the Sharqiah Season. (File/AFP)
Updated 26 March 2019
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The sultan of Bollywood Salman Khan on stage at Sharqiah Season

  • Khan's breakthrough movie was “Maine Pyaar Kiya” (I Loved) in 1989
  • He founded the Mumbai-based charity ‘Being Human in 2007, which provides education and health care services for the underprivileged in India

JEDDAH: Salman Khan is at the Saudi Film Festival, held in the King Abdulaziz Culture Center, Ithra, as part of the Sharqiah Season.

Often described as the face of Bollywood, the warm-hearted 53-year-old actor is giving a talk at the Center. He has made at least 80 Bollywood films and produced 30 films via his production company Salman Khan Films.

Khan worked as an assistant director after dropping out of college. His humble start as an actor was in a supporting role in a movie called “Biwi Ho to Aisi” in 1988.

His breakthrough movie was “Maine Pyaar Kiya” (I Loved) in 1989. Since then, he has been landing blockbuster after blockbuster. He is the most popular action hero in Bollywood and his action-packed movies are famed for keeping audiences on the edge of their seats. He has become the star of the biggest fan-base in Bollywood, and an inspiration to the present generation of actors. Even at the age of 53 he still puts up competition as an action hero.

According to the Forbes list of the 100 highest-paid entertainers in the world, Khan ranked 82nd, with earnings of $37.7 million.

Salman Khan also founded the Mumbai-based charity ‘Being Human in 2007, which provides education and health care services for the underprivileged in India.

His fans in Saudi Arabia are beyond excited about his arrival, and tickets sold out almost immediately for his appearance in “An Evening with the Stars.” On the stage he will be talking about his vast career, covering as many details as possible about acting and producing movies.

On Monday the Oscar winning Hollywood star Cuba Gooding Jr. will also take the stage.

This is a huge step in the pro-active persuasion of the Vision 2030, in which Saudi Arabia has been opening doors to different international artists to promote different cultures and forms of art in the Kingdom.


UN hears culture and heritage are essential aspects of Saudi Vision 2030

Updated 22 May 2019
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UN hears culture and heritage are essential aspects of Saudi Vision 2030

  • Culture and Sustainable Development conference was held at UN headquarters in New York
  • Dr. Afnan bint Abdullah Al-Shuaibi, the general supervisor for International Relations at the Ministry of Culture, delivered the Kingdom’s speech

NEW YORK: UN hears culture and heritage are essential aspects of Saudi Vision 2030

At the United Nations on Tuesday, the Saudi Ministry of Culture highlighted the important role that diverse cultures and national heritage can play in the development of nations and promoting peace, and the ways in which the Kingdom is using this to encourage intercultural dialogue, diversity and openness.

The conference, titled Culture and Sustainable Development, was organized by the UN General Assembly in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to mark the annual World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

Dr. Afnan Al-Shuaibi, the general supervisor of international relations at the ministry, delivered the Kingdom's speech during the event at the UN’s New York HQ. She said “culture is an essential part of the Saudi Vision 2030” and highlighted the “importance of preserving cultural and natural heritage to achieve peace, and the common endeavor of all countries to build a rich cultural future in which various kinds of culture and arts flourish.” She also described the vision and outlook of the ministry, and the ambitious initiatives it has implemented to develop the Saudi cultural sector.

The conference, which was based around the importance of cultural diversity and indigenous cultures to sustainable development, focused on local, regional and international experiences of this. It highlighted the relationship between culture and diversity, and how they link to local solutions to climate change and environmental challenges; offered views on the effective role of culture in providing decent employment opportunities and reducing poverty; social resilience and other aspects of sustainable development plans; and showed how culture, arts, education and the creative industries can contribute to the achievement of development goals and creative solutions in urban and rural areas, at local and national levels.

The event also included a panel discussion titled “Cultural Diversity as a Common Human Heritage.” It explored two themes: “Culture and Education: Foundations of Sustainability” and “Culture as an Instrument for Change, Innovation, Empowerment and Equality.”

Other issues were also addressed, including the importance of preserving cultural and natural heritage, the role of traditional knowledge and skills to promote environmental sustainability, the resilience of climate-related disasters and the impact of cultural heritage on identity preservation and peace building.

The Ministry of Culture took part in the event as pat of its efforts to promote cultural dialogue and showcase the Kingdom’s experiences in pursuing its ambitious cultural-development goals, which are an integral part of the transformations that are key to achieving Saudi Vision 2030.