Saudis bid to beautify their cities with street art

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Top Saudi graffiti artists are taking part in the beautification drive in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Top Saudi graffiti artists are taking part in the beautification drive in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 15 April 2019
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Saudis bid to beautify their cities with street art

  • The campaign is also meant to raise citizens’ awareness, public ethics, and responsibility toward public places
  • Last month, the Kingdom launched an ambitious  $23 billion project to create vast open green areas in Riyadh

RIYADH: Riyadh Municipality launched on April 10, the “Beautifying Riyadh’s Murals” events that aim to beautify public places and spheres in the capital city, as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The events, that witness the participation of top Saudi artists in the art of graffiti, are divided into two stages; the first consists of removal of distorted scriptures off the city’s walls by volunteers, while the second consists of covering the walls with murals painted by famous Saudi artists.

These events come as part of Riyadh municipality’s campaign to beautify the city, to raise citizens’ awareness, public ethics, and responsibility toward public places, in addition to involving citizens in activities with aesthetic dimensions.

Last month, the Kingdom also launched an ambitious  $23 billion project to create vast open green areas in Riyadh including the world’s biggest city park.

Construction will begin this year on four schemes — King Salman Park, Sports Boulevard, Green Riyadh and Riyadh Art — which will create sustainable communities, drive action against climate change and provide up to 70,000 new jobs.

The aim of the project is to “significantly improve the lives of its citizens, transform the city into an attractive destination and make it one of the world’s most livable cities,” the government said.

The four projects — King Salman Park, Sports Boulevard, Green Riyadh and Riyadh Art — will complement the Saudi Vision 2030’s “Quality of Life” program and are aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals, to create sustainable cities and communities, while driving urgent action against climate change.

Developed with a government investment of $23 billion, the four projects will offer opportunities worth $15 billion for the private sector to invest in residential, commercial, recreational and wellness projects. As well as creating tens of thousands of new jobs, the project will also help boost efforts to improve the city’s health and well-being with a commitment to wellness, health, sports, culture and the arts, underpinned by a commitment to environmental sustainability.

 

Beautifying Makkah Road

The Committee of Fine Arts and Arab Calligraphy has started its campaign to beautify Makkah Road, in the center of Sakaka city, as artists of Al-Jouf area started to paint a huge mural under its auspices, as part of the agreement signed with Al-Jouf municipality and the Saudi Arabia Society for Culture and Art.  

Khaled bin Abdul Rahman Al-Issa, director of culture and arts in Al-Jouf, said that the aim of the mural is to expose and show the cultural, historical, touristic and agricultural landmarks, in addition to the artifacts of Al-Jouf.

 


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.