Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award for Translation celebrates winners in Germany

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Updated 12 October 2012
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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award for Translation celebrates winners in Germany

Berlin: In the presence of Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Award for Translation, and Mayor of Berlin Claus Wowereit, a handing-over ceremony of the Award in its fifth year was held Monday in Berlin.
Addressing the ceremony, Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz said that this ceremony resulted from close friendly relations between Saudi Arabia and Germany and joint keenness of the two leaderships to achieve continuous progress of bilateral relations between the two friendly countries as well as effective coordination about common issues.
The Prince conveyed to the audience the greetings of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his great appreciation of the Federal Republic of Germany and its role in enriching translation movement and human cultural dialogue, adding, ‘ The King has given special attention to this global award and its development which keeps abreast with his human initiative for dialogue among followers of religions and cultures, and promotes dialogue among civilizations according to various knowledge frameworks which are open toward more rapprochement and understanding to serve a culture of peace emanating from complete belief in the importance of translation in achieving rapprochement between peoples.
The Prince noted that the award is one of the bridges of intellectual and cultural communication between the world cultures, and aims to disseminate knowledge to promote the principles of mutual understanding and common human values for a bright future for this generation and future generations. He stressed the Kingdom’s welcome of all hands extended for tolerance and dialogue and its seeking for stability in all fields which yield fruitful results for the development of peoples.
In his speech, the Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit expressed his happiness over hosting the award in Berlin for honoring translators who embody the creativity of authors and transfer it to other civilizations.
He praised what he saw during his visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last March and the development of the Kingdom in various fields, noting that a large economic conference to increase Saudi-German cooperation in the field of energy and health will be organized.
The Mayor also commended the positive impact on the German people through the Exhibition of Saudi Archaeological Masterpieces Through the Ages held in Berlin Museum which shed light on the Kingdom’s history.
For his part, Adviser at the Royal Court, General Supervisor of King Abdulaziz Public Library and Member of the Award’s Board of Trustees Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar expressed in his speech his thanks to and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his patronage of the projects of King Abdulaziz Public Library, especially this international award; also thanking Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for patronizing this meeting and supporting its activities.
Then prizes were handed over to the winners of the Award for translation from different languages.
The ceremony was attended by Saudi Ambassador to Germany Dr. Osama Shobokshi and a number of German senior officials.


Saudi Souq Okaz festival set to become major tourist attraction

There are more than 30 facilities equipped to host the shows and events at the festival. (File/AFP)
Updated 17 June 2018
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Saudi Souq Okaz festival set to become major tourist attraction

  • It is organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) in cooperation with various government bodies
  • Okaz Avenue for Culture, organized by the SCTH, is one of the souq’s most important features

Saudi Arabia is all set to organize yet another mega cultural event, Souq Okaz, which has all the potential of becoming a major tourist attraction. 

The 12th edition of the festival will begin in Taif on June 27 and continue until July 13 under the patronage of King Salman.

It is organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) in cooperation with various government bodies. 

The SCTH is working overtime to transform Saudi Arabia into a major global tourism hub. Commenting on the SCTH efforts, Taif University President Husam Zaman said the addition of new activities to the 12th edition of Souq Okaz will give a huge boost to the Kingdom’s tourism sector.

The academic said the SCTH is building a unique tourism and cultural ecosystem in Souq Okaz. The success of the SCTH’s efforts will transform this annual festival into a modern event, he added. 

He was of the view that the repackaging of Souq Okaz was in line with the Kingdom’s policies aimed at diversifying its economy and reforming all sectors. 

There are more than 30 facilities equipped to host the shows and events at the festival, in addition to the Prince Khaled Al-Faisal Theater, the open stadium for popular art, auctions and souvenir shops. The souq will also feature shops for craftsmen, restaurants, a media center and a mini horseracing track. 

Okaz Avenue for Culture, organized by the SCTH, is one of the souq’s most important features, which this year will host more than 150 attractions, including heritage and cultural events, theater performances, and arts and crafts.

New events this year include presentations of stories from the life of poets such as Amr bin Kalthoum, Antra bin Shaddad, Zuhair bin Abi Salma, Emreo Al-Qais, Tarafa bin Al-Abd, Al-Asha and Qais Saeda, along with many other shows.

“The project will be the first all-inclusive tourist attraction in Saudi Arabia and is expected to attract more than 2 million tourists every year and will help boost the gross domestic product by SR9 billion, and create 12,000 new job opportunities,” Zaman said.

He also believes Souq Okaz will provide a good environment for investors.

The president of Taif University said the completion of the Souq Okaz city is one of Vision 2030’s targets, which include rapidly establishing and developing tourist attractions and encouraging the private sector to invest in them.

He said: “Through our contribution to the preparation and implementation of the cultural program of Souq Okaz, Taif University aims to link the project’s activities with the objectives of Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 by supporting the arts, cultural, and tourism sectors.

“The efforts of Taif University and its partners in this project will have a significant impact on refining the skills of local artists, improving domestic products, and strengthening the Kingdom’s international tourism status.”

According to Zaman, Taif University is keen through its role in the cultural committee to present an interactive cultural program during the festival.

“The program will be full of cultural seminars, poetry and literary and creative competitions,” he added.

The academic said the cultural program of Souq Okaz is renewed every year, and among development efforts, the cultural committee decided to restructure the contests of the festival’s 12th edition.

“This year’s contests include the Souq Okaz Film Contest,” he said, “It targets the Kingdom’s filmmakers who managed to turn their creative ideas into films and aims to encourage competition among them and promote creative thinking that contributes to supporting the economy.”

“The cultural program’s development initiatives also include an international calligraphy award and a graffiti award,” he said. 

“The committee has also decided to expand the theatrical performance contest to accept participants from other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.”