Okaz Theater — one of the most attractive features of the Saudi cultural festival Souq Okaz

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Night view of open-air theater at Souq Okaz in Taif. (SPA)
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Glimpses from the 11th Souq Okaz in Taif. The number of visitors exceeded 150,000 on Saturday. (SPA)
Updated 16 July 2017

Okaz Theater — one of the most attractive features of the Saudi cultural festival Souq Okaz

TAIF: There are many features that attract visitors to Souq Okaz; one of these is the Okaz Theater, which held the launch ceremony this year.
The 2,500-seat theater is a principal feature of the festival that includes halls, offices and a stage.
The venue also has traditional activities and popular folktale presentations, as well as other artistic presentations.
The building was donated by the Saudi Binladin Group at a cost of SR40 million ($10.7 million) in the ninth edition of the souq.
Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and head of the Supreme Supervisory Committee of Souq Okaz, recommended that the theater be named after Prince Khaled Al-Faisal in appreciation to the prince for his contribution to the establishment, development and continuation of the souq.
Prince Khaled declined, but appreciated the gesture. He said the name of the stage should be linked to Okaz.
In its third day, Okaz witnessed an estimated 150,000 visitors, who enjoyed the activities, heritage shows, exhibitions, and the calligraphy tent and cultural tents.


Muslim World League chief lays foundation stone for Islamic museum in Jakarta

Updated 29 February 2020

Muslim World League chief lays foundation stone for Islamic museum in Jakarta

JAKARTA: A museum dedicated to Prophet Muhammad and the history of Islamic civilization will soon rise in the Indonesian capital.

Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), laid the foundation stone for the Jakarta branch of the Museum of the Life of the Prophet and Islamic Civilization on Feb. 28, 2020, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

An MWL post on Twitter said the museum will feature lush gardens in one of the most visited area in the city.

Al-Issa was quoted by SPA as saying that Jakarta would become the first branch of the Madinah international museum, hosting a variety of events, debates, training sessions, conferences, forums and seminars.

Following the groundbreaking ceremony, Al-Issa and his delegation met with the Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia, Essam bin Abed Al-Thaqafi.

The meeting was also attended by the Kingdom’s deputy envoy to the southeast Asian country, and Saudi embassy staff.