Saudi Arabia takes part in UN bazaar to fund world’s needy

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Dr. Khaled Manzlawi, deputy permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN at the pavilion. (SPA)
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The Saudi pavilion presented a range of products including handicrafts and traditional foods representing the country’s heritage. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's UN Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi. (AP)
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The Saudi pavilion presented a range of products including handicrafts and traditional foods representing the country’s heritage. (SPA)
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The Saudi pavilion presented a range of products including handicrafts and traditional foods representing the country’s heritage. (SPA)
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The Saudi pavilion presented a range of products including handicrafts and traditional foods representing the country’s heritage. (SPA)
Updated 09 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia takes part in UN bazaar to fund world’s needy

  • Saudi Arabia in two decades has already spent $87 billion in humanitarian aid to 81 countries

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia has taken part in a high-profile global bazaar event aimed at raising vital humanitarian funds for crisis-hit countries around the world.
The permanent delegation of the Kingdom to the UN participated in the sixth UN International Bazaar, staged at the organization’s headquarters in New York.
The Saudi pavilion presented a range of products including handicrafts and traditional foods representing the country’s heritage.
Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN, said that the Kingdom’s participation in the event was part of the nation’s efforts in the areas of humanitarian support for needy peoples throughout the world.
Dr. Khaled Manzlawi, deputy permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN, said the bazaar embodied “the spirit of brotherhood and solidarity to support the affected and the needy in countries suffering from conflict and humanitarian crises.”
The Kingdom’s support for humanitarian causes around the world stems from its policy of cooperation between nations and peoples to promote world peace and preserve human achievements disregarding religion or race.

Recently, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) said that Saudi Arabia in two decades has already spent $87 billion in humanitarian aid to 81 countries.
He said that there had been more than 1,011 humanitarian aid programs worth $3.5 billion to 44 countries since 2014, the primary beneficiaries being Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Iraq.


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

Updated 26 June 2019
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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.