Visitors flock to King Abdul Aziz Palace during Eid

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Built in 1940 in two phases, it consists of the western palace, which was constructed first to receive official delegations and guests of the late King Abdul Aziz. (SPA)
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Built in 1940 in two phases, it consists of the western palace, which was constructed first to receive official delegations and guests of the late King Abdul Aziz. (SPA)
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Built in 1940 in two phases, it consists of the western palace, which was constructed first to receive official delegations and guests of the late King Abdul Aziz. (SPA)
Updated 09 June 2019
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Visitors flock to King Abdul Aziz Palace during Eid

  • The palace is supervised by the Saudi tourism authority, which is currently working on restoring and developing it to be one of the most important palaces internationally

AL-SAIH: Visitors have been flocking to the historic King Abdul Aziz Palace in Al-Saih city as part of Eid Al-Fitr celebrations.
Many enjoyed guided tours of the 80-year-old palace, which is currently being restored to preserve its ancient Islamic architectural style.
Built in 1940 in two phases, it consists of the western palace, which was constructed first to receive official delegations and guests of the late King Abdul Aziz. The second phase involved the building of the eastern palace, and a 160-meter bridge for the King’s car, which became the home of King Abdul Aziz and his family.
The palace is supervised by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, which is currently working on restoring and developing it to be one of the most important palaces internationally.
Al-Saih is considered as the modern capital and economic and administrative center of Al-Kharj governorate. The city was established after the unification of the Kingdom, in an initiative by founder King Abdul Aziz.
The city has recently witnessed big investments and is home to several important government and economic facilities.
Developing the tourism sector is one of the top priorities of the Saudi government. There are 11 tourism seasons this year covering all regions of the Kingdom: The Eastern Region (Sharqiya) Season, Ramadan Season, Eid Al-Fitr Season, Jeddah Season, Taif Season, Eid Al-Adha Season, National Day Season, Riyadh Season, Diriyah Season, Al-Ula Season and Ha’il Season. 


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.