Forum to focus on Islam-West cultural ties

Updated 29 December 2012
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Forum to focus on Islam-West cultural ties

The Prince Salman Chair for the History and Civilization of the Arabian Peninsula will organize a forum for Saudi chairs and scientific centers abroad to discuss relations between Islamic and Western cultures on Jan. 5.
A number of scientific chairs and centers that the Kingdom supports financially in countries such as Egypt, Lebanon, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy and Russia will participate in this forum.
Participants will discuss ways to strengthen the channels of interaction between the Islamic and Western cultures. They will also discuss investments in various forms of knowledge-based channels for the exchange of expertise and contributions to enrich knowledge.
“The Ministry of Higher Education conducted a number of field studies to shape a scientific vision for the cooperation of Saudi chairs and knowledge-based centers abroad with Saudi universities. Such a cooperation would strengthen various forms of scientific interaction that would serve Saudi specialists and students in different fields,” Minister Khaled Al-Anqari said yesterday.
The Prince Salman Chair was launched in December 2009, when an agreement was signed between King Saud University and King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah), an organization dedicated to in-depth study and research in history, geography, literature and heritage of Saudi Arabia, and other Arab and Muslim countries.
The chair supports researchers and postgraduate students in the history of the Arabian Peninsula. It organizes and supports international seminars, publishes research findings and establishes research partnerships with other academic centers of history.
The chair also hopes to ultimately fulfill its vision of achieving international leadership in the academic studies of Islamic and Arab civilizations and history.
Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, donated $ 270,000 to the chair recently. Abdullah Al-Subaiy, the chair’s supervisor, said the crown prince’s support would lead to significant scientific breakthroughs in the quest for knowledge involving the history of the Kingdom and the Arabian Peninsula.
The money will serve to provide 10 annual grants to graduate students from universities within the Kingdom and abroad. The recipients will also receive acknowledgement certificates and medals bearing the chair’s logo.
The fund would also be invested for the best Ph.D. and Master's theses and also for scientific research projects within the Deanship of Scientific Studies Program ‘Daem’ (supporter).
A recent publication of the chair is “The History of the Arabian Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula in Portuguese Documents,” which contains Arabic translations of 131 Portuguese documents written between 1508 and 1568.
The chair participated in a seminar on the Arabian Peninsula and the Greek and Byzantine Worlds hosted by King Saud University in 2010.


Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

Updated 19 June 2018
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Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

  • The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
  • The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows.

JEDDAH: Riyadh municipality Eid Al-Fitr activities attracted more than 1.5 million visitors, residents and citizens over the three-day holiday.
The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
The municipality hosted 200 functions in 30 different locations across the city. It distributed thousands of presents, balloons and candy to children to encourage them to attend Eid prayers and to bring joy to their hearts.
Riyadh’s Eid festivities in Qasr AL-Hokm included the Saudi traditional folk-dance show, activities and competitions for children, as well as folk arts and poetry shows.
The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows, as well as artistic activities and sports competitions.
Riyadh municipality organized five theater shows for men and women, including two for men: Shekka Wa Noss, and Tersam Al-Wahch; two plays for women: Banat Al-Social and Umm Suwaileh Al-Sawaqa, and an open play, Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura.
Riyadh municipality also organized three theater shows for the blind and deaf.
“Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura” (The Betrayed Village), the first open-theater show in the Kingdom, was held in the showroom of Al-Jazeera neighborhood. It was written, directed and played by Saudis.
The municipality allocated several events and locations for the participation of humanitarian organizations by receiving them and setting private seats for them, in coordination with the Saudi Association for Deaf.
It also organized a special program to entertain women and children over the three days of Eid. The events for women included plays, free drawing and coloring sessions, artifacts and competitions.
Carnival marches were launched in the north and west of Riyadh, by 300 cartoon characters and featured the participation of touring folk groups, along with a solidarity march with soldiers, as well as classic car shows.
The capital’s residents and visitors enjoyed fireworks that lasted 10 minutes and colored the sky of Riyadh at King Fahd International Stadium, a location near King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and a location near Wadi Leban Bridge in west Riyadh.