Saudi, US officials discuss ways of enhancing energy investments and cooperation

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih holds talks with US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry with participation of Saudi Ambassador to the US Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan in Washington. (SPA)
Updated 12 August 2019

Saudi, US officials discuss ways of enhancing energy investments and cooperation

WASHINGTON: The security of global energy supplies in the wake of recent threats to Arabian Gulf shipping were discussed at a top-level meeting between US and Saudi energy officials, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

During talks in Washington, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih and US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, with participation from Saudi Ambassador to the US Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan, reviewed the current state of the oil market.

The two sides discussed the ongoing threat to maritime freedom in the Arabian Gulf and stressed their determination to work together to ensure the security and stability of international energy supplies.

Al-Falih said OPEC members and non-OPEC producers were committed to the coordination of production and would strive to achieve balance in the oil markets.

The meeting also looked at ways of enhancing relations between the two countries and investments in the fields of energy, industry, climate and technology.

Meanwhile, Saudi permanent representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, met Princess Reema in New York. They discussed improving cooperation and communication between the permanent delegation and the Saudi Embassy in Washington, as well as issues of common interest.

Al-Mouallimi also held talks with the director of the representative office in New York to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Peter Mulrean. During their meeting, Mulrean thanked the Kingdom for supporting the UNRWA in fulfilling its obligations toward Palestinian refugees.

Al-Mouallimi said that the Palestinian cause remained Saudi Arabia’s top priority.


Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

Updated 19 August 2019

Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

  • One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020
  • A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is to set up arts academies, including two in the next two years, offering a step toward academic qualification and enlarging the Kingdom’s footprint in heritage, arts and crafts, and music.

The initiative is part of the Ministry of Culture’s Quality of Life program. 

The minister, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, said investment in “capacity building” was one of the most important elements in encouraging the cultural sector, which enjoyed unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kingdom was rich in diverse arts, talents and artistic production, Prince Badr said, and the academies would be a first step toward academic qualification in the arts within the Kingdom.

One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs. 

A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021.

The music academy in particular will be “the core of music production and talent development in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi musician, composer and producer Mamdouh Saif told Arab News.

The music industry was a large and diverse field, Saif said, and education was crucial. 

“The academy is the right place to launch the music industry in Saudi Arabia, and it will have a significant impact on Saudi youth, and young people in surrounding countries,” he said.

He expects “a very high turnout” for the academy among young Saudis. 

“Due to my expertise in this area, I receive many questions from people who want to learn music, but through private lessons,” he said.

“But the availability of an academy for this purpose, that teaches music in a methodological way, will be the right start for those interested in music.”