1,059 Saudi, Egyptian inmates to be released

Updated 19 July 2014

1,059 Saudi, Egyptian inmates to be released

Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations has secured during the holy month of Ramadan the release of 1,059 Saudi and Egyptian prisoners in their respective countries by paying their debts.
The initiative is in line with the continuous support of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), to strengthen the bonds of cohesion and solidarity between individuals and institutions in society.
Prince Alwaleed confirmed his commitment to helping insolvents and releasing the detainees to ensure their safe return to their families during Ramadan where Muslims are seeking to do good.
Debts have been paid throughout all the regions of Saudi Arabia in coordination with the General Directorate of Prisons, Department of Religious Affairs and Division of Private Rights.
The initiative was extended to pay off the debts of fellow Egyptians in cooperation with Misr El Kheir Foundation, headed by former grand mufti of Egypt, Dr. Ali Gomaa.
Misr El Kheir Foundation was established in 2007, with the aim to provide a decent life and safeguard the dignity of individuals to achieve a self-sustained growth of their society.
Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations is involved in a wide spectrum of humanitarian and philanthropic activities in more than 84 countries. Their focus areas are established around strategic initiatives, ranging from disaster relief and community development, to women and youth empowerment, as well as promoting intercultural understanding.


Exhibition showing art by Graffiti artist Banksy opens Riyadh

A recent artwork believed to be attributed to British activist-artist Banksy is pictured in Paris, France, June 25, 2018. (Reuters)
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Exhibition showing art by Graffiti artist Banksy opens Riyadh

  • The show, “The Art of Banksy ‘Without Limits,’” will open at the King Abdullah Financial Center
  • The exhibition has already stopped in Amsterdam, Melbourne, Berlin and Paris

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is to host an exhibition showcasing work from the British graffiti artist Banksy.

The show, “The Art of Banksy ‘Without Limits,’” will open at the King Abdullah Financial Center in Riyadh on Feb. 20.

It will be the first time the works have been shown in the Middle East.

Around 70 artworks from Banksy will be shown at the exhibition using photographs and various printed materials, the Saudi Press Agency said.

The artist, whose true identity remains a mystery, became a global phenomenon through using his distinctive style and often humorous to portray social issues.

The exhibition will also include visuals, theatrical effects and a documentary on the artist and his work. 

“The Art of Banksy is meant to celebrate Banksy’s art and drive his message of hope and humanity to the world,” according to the organizers. 

The exhibition has already stopped in Amsterdam, Melbourne, Berlin and Paris.

Banksy is known for using his graffiti to make political statements and has produced a number of pieces in the occupied Palestinian territories, including a satirical drawing on the Israeli barrier wall built through the West Bank.

In 2017, the artist opened “The Walled Off Hotel” in Bethlehem, which overlooks the barrier and is filled with his work.