Luxor city square is named after King Abdullah

Updated 31 August 2013

Luxor city square is named after King Abdullah

One of the major squares in Luxor in Upper Egypt has been given the name of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in recognition of the Kingdom’s support for Egypt against terrorism, an official said.
“Giving King Abdullah’s name to the major square in the province is a gesture of appreciation of the people of Luxor to the king who saved Egypt from the claws of foreign powers who wanted to interfere in the country’s internal matters,” Luxor Gov. Maj. Gen. Tareq Saad El-Dine said in a statement to the media.
The square will be opened after renovating it to match the new name. He added that a large photo of the king will be unveiled at the square when it opens in September. Saudi Ambassador to Egypt Ahmed Kattan will also be invited for the event, he said.
He said people in the province have already put a photo of the King Abdullah close to the headquarters of the governorate to express their appreciation for him.
The major streets and buildings in the city are also been decorated with the king’s photo, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Updated 30 May 2020

Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Hana Abdullah Alomair is the director of Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series, titled “Whispers,” which is due to begin streaming in 190 countries on June 11. 

A Saudi writer, filmmaker, and movie critic, Alomair won the Silver Palm Tree Award for best script at the Saudi Film Competition in 2008.

She gained a bachelor’s degree in Arabic-English translation from King Saud University in 1992 and four years later a master’s degree in the same field of study from Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland.

Her documentary “Beyond Words” was screened during the Gulf Film Festival in 2019 and was selected for the main competition in this year’s Muscat International Film Festival.

A member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, she has worked as a head writer in writing workshops for several TV series. She was a jury member at the Saudi Film Festival held by Rotana in 2013. Her second
flick, “The Complaint,” was selected in the main competition of Tessa’s Festival for Asian and African Films in Morocco in 2014 and it won the Golden Palm
Tree Award for best short fiction film in the Saudi Film Competition in 2015.

In 2016, Alomair, together with Hind Al-Fahhad, scooped the prize for best script for the short film “Peddlers” at the King Fahd Center Short Film Competition.

She recently published a book about the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, and in 2017 wrote a play called “Qat Oqat.”

Last year, she wrote and directed her latest short film “Swan Song,” which won the Golden Palm Tree Award for best actor in the Saudi Film Festival.