Saudi-based interfaith center chief meets Lebanese religious leaders

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Bin Muaammar stressed the need for concerted efforts to promote a culture of dialogue, coexistence and respect for diversity under the umbrella of citizenship. (SPA)
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Bin Muaammar stressed the need for concerted efforts to promote a culture of dialogue, coexistence and respect for diversity under the umbrella of citizenship. (SPA)
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Bin Muaammar stressed the need for concerted efforts to promote a culture of dialogue, coexistence and respect for diversity under the umbrella of citizenship. (SPA)
Updated 01 April 2019

Saudi-based interfaith center chief meets Lebanese religious leaders

  • The number of graduates from the five fellowship programs has reached 276 from 44 countries

BEIRUT: Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar, the secretary-general of the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) visited religious leaders in Lebanon at the end of the center’s International Fellowship Program in Beirut.
Bin Muaammar stressed the need for concerted efforts to promote a culture of dialogue, coexistence and respect for diversity under the umbrella of citizenship.
He said KAICIID launched at its international conference last year in Vienna the Interreligious Platform for Dialogue and Cooperation in the Arab World between Muslims and Christians.
The number of graduates from the five fellowship programs has reached 276 from 44 countries. SPA Beirut


Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

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Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

TAIF: It is not unusual for musicians to aim for the stars, but organizers of the Crown Prince Camel Festival in Taif gave the Ukrainian concert pianist Olina Lukashu a head start.

Visitors to the opening entertainment events at King Faisal Garden were treated to the sight and sound of Lukashu performing 5 meters in the air, dressed in a long white gown that reached down to the ground.

“It was decided to put her at the entrance of the garden, all dressed in white to welcome the visitors,” festival spokesman Saleh Al-Anzi told Arab News.

“It is a new idea that was greatly enjoyed by visitors, who admired her rendition of various musical pieces.”

Among the 25 events taking place in conjunction with this year’s festival is a circus presented by five Latin American countries, Al-Anzi said. There is also a free childcare service, mobile food courts, international restaurants and a live broadcasting studio.  “Visitors will be able to ride camels inside the park, and enjoy the handicrafts on display by various artisans,” he said.

Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers, told Arab News the Taif Season was important in terms of generating employment opportunities for young Saudis, and creating tourist projects. “All the events are full of visitors,” he said.

He said 2,000 jobs were provided during the Taif Season, and those who took up the opportunities gained skills and knowledge about the requirements of an audience.

“Saudi culture has changed, and Saudis have become more aware of global challenges and requirements, and the expectations of tourists and other consumers,” he said. “Taif Season has set a high standard.”