Winners of 6th Princess Seetah Awards announced

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Minister of Labor Ahmad Al-Rajhi. (Supplied)
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Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar. (Supplied)
Updated 02 April 2019

Winners of 6th Princess Seetah Awards announced

  • The awards were presented by Minister of Labor Ahmad Al-Rajhi

The secretary-general of the Princess Seetah bint Abdul Aziz Award for Excellence in Social Work, Dr. Fahd Al-Maghlouth, announced the winners of the sixth iteration of the awards on Saturday evening.

Under the title “Business Governance and Program Sustainability,” the awards were presented by Minister of Labor Ahmad Al-Rajhi at a special ceremony attended by, among others, the governor of Riyadh.

Al-Maglouth pointed out that the award was inspired by the views and ideas of the late Princess Seetah bint Abdul Aziz, who, throughout her life, was an active charity and social worker.

This year, four institutions and individuals won awards, each receiving SR750,000 ($200,000).

The award for “Initiatives to Support and Encourage Islamic Endowment” was shared by Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah Research and Studies Center and Al-Aradi Charitable Endowments. Both were praised for their unique, innovative submissions, in addition to their integrity and transparency, clear systems of governance, coherent administrative and organizational structures, shared values and stellar output.

The prize for “Excellence in Volunteering Programs and Projects” was won by the Social Services Department at the Royal Commission for Jubail, for its “Sustainable Quality of Life” program. The department was credited for its system of governance, professionalism, integrity and transparency in service delivery, as well as its clear financial and accounting system, implementation and operational plans with measurable performance reports.

The prize for “Social Entrepreneurship in Social Work,” meanwhile, went to Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Jabr, for his financial support of various Saudi hospitals, Al-Jabr Charity Housing, the Autism Center, a number of boys and girls schools, Al-Ahsa Literary Club, Al-Jabr Charity Hall and a mobile clinic for cancer diagnosis.

Prince Saud bin Fahd, a member of the award’s board of trustees, said that its objectives were to recognize those who consistently pursued social work and launched initiatives that targeted communities in need.

He added that the award aimed to establish a culture of social, charitable, humanitarian and volunteer work across the Kingdom.

Al-Maghlouth congratulated this year’s winners and wished success to all those who had missed out, stressing the importance of participating in such awards in order to improve the quality of social work in the country through competition.

The award is based in Riyadh, and was established in 2012, under the patronage of King Salman, the honorary president of its council. It is an independent nonprofit organization, and has recognized 76 winners, both individuals and institutions, who excelled at social work through various projects and initiatives, over the past few years.

Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

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Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece exhibition in Dhahran.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.