SR5 million footbridge to help pedestrians in Makkah

Updated 11 October 2015

SR5 million footbridge to help pedestrians in Makkah

MAKKAH: The Makkah municipality will build the first footbridge in the Sharaie area in east Makkah at a cost of SR5.358 million.
The municipality has announced the location to the implementing company, who will begin work at the beginning of next month.
Head of the municipality's supervision administration, Sharaf Al-Qurashi, said Thursday that the location of the bridge was chosen carefully to be situated on Omar Qadhi Street, a busy road with many commercial shops in the area. He clarified that the footbridge will be carefully designed with escalators.
Al-Qurashi also noted that the project will ease congestion and ensure traffic safety on roads, reducing accidents. Additionally, the municipality is building the Duqum Al-Wabar overpass, linking Al-Haram Road and Muzdalifah Road with King Abdulaziz Road.
The municipality's assistant director for roads, Mohammad Abu Taleb, said that the municipality is hoping to execute this project over a very short period of time, no more than five months, so that the season can benefit the most from the development. Additionally, the director of road construction, Ahmad Dahi, said that the longest road in the project is 1,050 meters, which was built in order to empty traffic from Mina to Al-Haram Road.
This led to a great improvement in traffic flow on other ramps and roads.


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.”