Author: 
SIRAJ WAHAB | ARAB NEWS
Publication Date: 
Thu, 2010-07-15 02:19

Jubail-based journalist Marina Bulatovic was recognized for her columns and the organization of an exhibition featuring her husband’s artistic photographs of Saudi Arabia.
The award, presented by the Public Relations Society of Serbia, is granted to individuals, organizations and institutions for projects that are most successful in the communications field.
Born in Serbia, Marina has lived in Jubail since 2007 with her Canadian husband, Budislav Bulatovic.
She worked for 15 years in Belgrade as a public relations consultant and director for leading marketing agencies including Ogilvy & Mather and McCann-Erickson.
After moving to Saudi Arabia, Marina started working as a journalist. She writes for newspapers and magazines in Montenegro, Serbia and Canada. To date, she has published more than 250 articles about Saudi Arabia.
Marina’s husband is an avid photographer and works as a civil engineer with Bechtel Corp. in Jubail.
The photograph exhibition, called “Saudi Arabia — Through My Lens,” was presented in Belgrade last year and this year in Montenegrin capital Podgorica, with more than 45,000 people visiting.
“We love this country, what a fascinating country this is...we want our people to know about the cultural richness of Saudi Arabia,” Marina told Arab News from Jubail.
“I am tremendously happy that I had the opportunity to present Saudi Arabia to the Serbian and Montenegrin public. I believe my husband and I managed to describe in the best possible way traditional Saudi Arabia with its culture and customs.
“I believe that the time will come when there will be less talk about differences, and instead the focus will be on the similarities between countries, religions and people. It will represent the new foundation for a more beautiful and happy future on Earth.”
She hoped through such cultural exchanges and cooperation, people could find out more about little known countries and nations and dispel negative preconceptions.
Marina said she considered the award a great honor as it came from professionals who knew about the importance of good communication.
“Although Saudi Arabia is now a modern country that rapidly modernized after the discovery of oil, their efforts to preserve their heritage and tradition are significant and present at every step — in architecture, art, style of clothing and everyday life,” she said.
“Very few people from Montenegro and from the former Yugoslavia are living and working in Saudi Arabia. We wanted to share our knowledge and experiences with the audience in Podgorica. The exhibition presented 40 original photographs by my husband, Budislav, that reveal the new and exotic world of Saudi Arabia.”
Budislav’s photographs depict Saudi people at festivals, in cafes, and in the streets. They feature craftsmen and dancers, old fortresses as well as modern buildings made of steel and glass.
Also included in the exhibitions were photographs of traditional Saudi doors, dates, fishing boats, and Arabian coffee pots.

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