Thank you SCTA! Saudi artisans cheer tourism commission

Updated 03 February 2013

Thank you SCTA! Saudi artisans cheer tourism commission

A number of artisans have expressed their appreciation of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) for organizing several events for them to showcase and market their handmade products as well as to develop their skills through a number of training courses.
The artisans made their remarks while participating in a heritage event that was held recently on the sidelines of the exhibition titled “Prince Salman … Pioneer of Urban Heritage” organized by the SCTA at the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center in Riyadh.
Artisans also talked about how much they suffered for marketing their products, and commended the help extended by SCTA in promoting their products. The SCTA organized exhibitions and hosted pavilions in its events for handicrafts, they added.
Nasser Mohammad Al-Jedai said he has been working as a sculptor for the last 17 years, and that he persistently sought to develop his craft through practice and gaining experience from other professional and senior sculptors.
He had trained several youth in the art of sculpture, including 20 high school students, in addition to a number of people with special needs. “Training courses, in the first place, are aimed at preserving the craft of our ancestors,” he added.
Yousuf Mohammed Jowaid, also a craftsman, who is both a carpenter and sculptor, said that he was attracted to the traditional crafts when he was young: “I work hard to preserve the crafts of our forefathers, I work to develop them to attract the present generation.” He added that he is practicing the craft for the last 5 years.
Umm Ahmed expressed her appreciation of the SCTA for allowing her and other fellow artisans to market their products. She noted the SCTA's initiatives in the field of handicrafts, including organization of exhibitions as well as developing artisan skills through training courses. “Such events will help artisans interact with public face to face, which in turn increases their sales and revenue,” she added.
Another female artisan commended the SCTA for its efforts to promote handicrafts under the leadership of Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the commission. “I am doing embroidery works, I have customers from different parts of the Kingdom who regularly call and place order for specific products that I eventually design for them," she added.
Dr. Ali Al-Anbar, general supervisor of the National Program for Handicraft Development, stated that the goal of the event was to raise awareness on the Saudi cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible ones.
"This event, which was organized by the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center, aims to encourage and support the relevant authorities in the public and private sectors that are concerned with development and preservation of Saudi handicrafts," he added.

Egyptian DJ Raveland makes melting-pot music from the UAE

DJ Raveland was raised in Abu Dhabi. (Supplied)
Updated 19 August 2019

Egyptian DJ Raveland makes melting-pot music from the UAE

DUBAI: The Egyptian music producer and DJ who goes by the name Raveland has surprised his fans with a new hit this summer. 

Raveland hosts concerts around the UAE. (Supplied)

Honoring the Swedish musician Avicii, who died in Oman last year, “My Way” is an old-school house music track. “Avicii was one of my idols. Nothing will top his productions, but I wanted to bring back this vibe to the industry,” the artist told Arab News. 

“‘My Way’ is different from everything I have done before. It is calm, and focuses more on the vocals and the melody,” he added. 

The musician, who is signed with Universal Music MENA, was able to build a large fan base with tracks and mix tapes reaching more than 100,000 streams and downloads internationally. 

The DJ’s ambitions pushed him to release a music video for his track “Rêve” on Vevo that featured one of his events in Abu Dhabi with fans enjoying his various music genres.

Raised in Abu Dhabi, Raveland has been touring around the UAE to perform his tracks, including “Resolution 19,” “Dreamville” and “Way to Tomorrowland.”

In June, he released an extended play – a short album featuring four tracks – called “28.” From trance to romantic, “28” had it all. 

Raveland released his recent album "28" this summer. (Supplied)

Under the big umbrella of electronic dance music, Raveland’s productions bring different cultures together. One of his “28” tracks, “Auaha,” is inspired by New Zealand’s old tribes. “My passion for music is endless. I am constantly trying to explore more genres and more types of music to target a larger audience.” 

Raveland has previously collaborated with musicians such as the UAE-based DJ XABB and the Tunisian DJ Eyjey. Exclusively to Arab News, Raveland announced that he is working on a piece that follows the Latino genre reggaeton, like the famous “Despacito” hit, in collaboration with a Puerto Rican singer. 

The DJ also promised to bring back his online radio show, called “We Are Ravelands,” which has been on hiatus for a few months. “I will bring it back, real strong,” the host said. “The show will feature a lot of collaborations from all around the world, like Egypt, Spain and the US.”