Saudi Arabia’s aid agency distributes Eid gifts in Yemen

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A kid with Eid gift distributed by KSRelief (supplied)
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Children with Eid gifts distributed by KSrelief (supplied)
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The center said the gifts were distributed to 200 families, including 600 orphans and internally displaced people in Al-Mahrah. (SPA)
Updated 14 August 2019

Saudi Arabia’s aid agency distributes Eid gifts in Yemen

  • KSRelief also launched its Eid Kiswa project in the Tuban and Al-Houta districts of Lahij and to mark the festive occasion

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed the Eid Kiswa (gifts) among children in Yemen as part of its Your Happiness is Our Happiness program in the war-torn country.
“KSRelief has distributed toys, clothing and other items to children in the Al-Ghaydah and Huswain districts of Al-Mahrah governorate,” said the KSRelief media center.
The center said the gifts were distributed to 200 families, including 600 orphans and internally displaced people (IDPs) in Al-Mahrah.
As part of the project, KSRelief also distributed toys, clothing and other gift items to children in the Al-Hazam district in Al-Jawf governorate, to IDPs from Hodeidah and Raymah, and to children at a center for special needs in Al-Jawf.
KSRelief also launched its Eid Kiswa project in the Tuban and Al-Houta districts of Lahij and to mark the festive occasion. Gifts were handed out to children in 303 families, including 319 orphans, children with special needs and IDPs.
The center also implemented its project to distribute gifts, toys, clothing and others in the Hadibu district of Socotra Island. The gifts were distributed among 80 families and included 210 orphans, IDPs and others in need.


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.”