Saudi visual artists take part in Qatif transformation project 

Misk Art Institute is one of Misk’s initiatives that seek to enrich the artistic culture and support creative experiences by organizing events that connect artists. (SPA)
Updated 15 April 2019
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Saudi visual artists take part in Qatif transformation project 

  • Misk Art launches Tajalat initiative to promote national cohesion
  • Saudi artists excited over the opportunity to showcase Kingdom’s cultural diversity

QATIF, Eastern Province: The Misk Art Institute has launched Tajalat initiative in Qatif as part of the central Awamiyah project to bring together visual artists from all across Saudi Arabia to carry a message of love by promoting the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. 

Misk Art Institute is one of Misk’s initiatives that seek to enrich the artistic culture and support creative experiences by organizing events that connect artists. It is a cultural organization operating under the auspices of the Misk Foundation, established by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

The central Awamiyah project in Qatif was opened on Jan. 31 by the governor of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Prince Saud bin Naif. Local Mayor Fahd Al-Jubair said he was delighted at the progress made in central Awamiyah, which he hailed as one of the most ambitious transformations in the Kingdom.

“The inauguration of the central Awamiyah project is a vital step in the comprehensive development of Qatif and its cities, so that it remains a cultural hub,” he said.

Twenty-two male and female visual artists are taking part in the initiative that will help transform the area into a jewel of Saudi urban heritage. Misk Arts Institute CEO Reem Sultan extended thanks to Qatif people for hosting the Tajalat initiative. She said the institute always works on initiatives that support art and artists throughout the Kingdom.  

The Saudi Press Agency quoted several artists as saying that the initiative is an extension of the success of its first edition that was launched as part of the Winter at Tantora cultural festival in Al-Ula. It aims to provide artists a platform to discuss the Saudi art scene and promote creative activities in the Kingdom, they said.

Munir Al-Hajji, a visual artist from Qatif, said the initiative is very important as it promotes different art forms and contributes to promoting the message of love and peace and showcases Saudi Arabia’s rich history and bright future through art.     

He said several artists from different parts of the Kingdom are taking part in the second season of the initiative. “Taking part in the initiative is an honor,” Al-Hajji said. He said the artists see this as an opportunity to their nation and to boost national cohesion.

Many artists see this event as an opportunity to promote the diverse culture of the Kingdom and to achieve unity through diversity.

Al-Hajji stressed the importance of organizing such events for the preservation of regional and national heritage.

Abdullah Al-Tamimi from Riyadh said the initiative carries a message of peace, security and love among Saudi citizens. He lauded the Misk Foundation for this initiative.

Visual artist Layla Nasrallah from Qatif said that organizing this initiative is a dream come true to the region’s young men and women. She said the participation of visual artists from all over the Kingdom represents a cultural dimension. “Art is a message and it is the responsibility of artists to deliver it to future generations,” she said.

Youssef bin Ahmed Jaha, an artist from Makkah, said such initiatives help enrich the creative experiences of artists.

Visual Artist Sima Abed Al-Hay from Qatif stressed the importance of the initiative that constitutes a new beginning featuring the cultural and heritage aspect of the Kingdom.

Visual Artist Zaman Jassem from Qatif was delighted at the participation of so many visual artists, who got the opportunity to showcase their work through the Tajalat initiative. 

He said the initiative reflects the diverse cultures thriving across the Kingdom. Jassem said the initiative aims to promote humanitarianism and development and it seeks to promote peace and harmony.

 

QATIF, Eastern Province: The Misk Art Institute has launched Tajalat initiative in Qatif as part of the central Awamiyah project to bring together visual artists from all across Saudi Arabia to carry a message of love by promoting the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. 

Saudi visual artists take part in Qatif transformation project 

 


Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

Updated 23 April 2019
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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.