Women depicted in schoolbooks

Updated 06 December 2012
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Women depicted in schoolbooks

Photos of women have been prohibited in schoolbooks since the Kingdom started formally educating its citizens in 1926. Recently, as an experiment, English textbooks for high school students showed some photos of women wearing a hijab (headscarf). These photos depicted women according to traditions while they were working as nurses or standing by a telescope in the lab.
The exercises accompanying the photos explain much about the change in attitude about what would be considered traditional jobs for women and girls. The girl in the photo talks about the seriousness of this scientific work, adding that she enjoys life as well. She tells her friends that she aspires to go to university, and share her knowledge and experience with society.
In another lesson, entitled “Changes”, shows a lady in niqab (face veil). She talks about the many benefits for mankind of changes that happened in the last 50 years.
The English textbook will be on trial until the end of this school year, and is subject to amendments if necessary.


ThePlace: The King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra)

Ithra. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
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ThePlace: The King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra)

  • The iconic building was designed by the Norwegian architectural firm Snohetta

Ithra  — The King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture — was inaugurated by King Salman on Dec. 1, 2017. The arts center, developed by Saudi Aramco, is located in Dhahran. 

The iconic building was designed by the Norwegian architectural firm Snohetta, which also designed the award-winning Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Oslo Opera House. 

Ithra’s stated mission is to “make a tangible and positive impact on human development by inspiring a passion for knowledge, creativity, and cross-cultural engagement for the future of the Kingdom” —  an ambition that ties into Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which places culture and entertainment at the center of its plans for increasing quality of life. 

The center aims to stimulate knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement in its facilities, which include an idea lab, library, theater, museum, energy exhibit, art gallery, children’s museum, and a “knowledge tower,” all housed under one roof to provide visitors with an immersive and transformative experience.