‘Desert to Delta’ exhibition showcases Saudi contemporary art in Memphis

The exhibition, which will last until Jan. 6, 2018, will feature 20 Saudi artists presenting contemporary works of art that reflect their passion in this field.
Updated 14 October 2017

‘Desert to Delta’ exhibition showcases Saudi contemporary art in Memphis

JEDDAH: The “Desert to Delta” exhibition kicked off at the art museum of the University of Memphis, US, as part of the “Jusoor” or “Bridges” initiative launched by the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture.
The initiative aims to empower young Saudi talents in various fields of art, knowledge and creativity, by presenting their potentials and experiences in international forums and benefiting from the experiences of others.
The exhibition, which will last until Jan. 6, 2018, will feature 20 Saudi artists presenting contemporary works of art that reflect their passion in this field.
The exhibition includes open discussion sessions for some of the participating artists, as well as an educational program at schools and universities in Tennessee.
One of the highlights of the artwork presented by the participating artists is “The Green Dome” by Ibrahim Abu Mesmar, which reflects the symbolism of the green dome in Madinah.
Abu Mesmar provided another work that replaced the smoke of gunpowder used in wars with the smoke of incense to symbolize the spread of the message of peace around the world.
Ahd Al-Amoudi, whose work “Portray” discusses identity between Middle Eastern and Western societies, said she was “interested in the Western view of our society as a Saudi woman.”
The Saudi Art Exhibitions Program is hosted by leading museums and art centers in the US. Six art exhibitions were presented in six states, and viewed by more than 25,000 people.


Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Updated 14 August 2020

Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Fahad Al-Azzam has been the assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Ministry of Health since September 2019.
He has also been the general manager for enterprise at the ministry’s project management office since July 2016, where he developed and implemented a standard set of project management processes and models, and built the framework and updated it to account for developments and best practices.
It was announced on Monday that Al-Azzam’s role as assistant deputy minister for empowerment has been extended for another year.
Al-Azzam obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, in 2007. He studied abroad in the US, obtaining a master’s degree in engineering and technology management from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 2014.
Prior to his current position, Al-Azzam worked as a cooperative trainee at the Saudi Electricity Co. between May and October 2006.
At the Advanced Electronics Co., he worked as an assistant field service engineer between July 2007 and May 2009, and technical support and field service engineer between May 2009 and December 2010.
At the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, he worked as senior electrical engineer at their radiation safety department between January 2011 and February 2015.
He developed a safety program for exporting and importing electronics devices to and from Saudi Arabia and worked at controlling the risk resulting from the use of radiation-emitting devices. He also worked there as a project manager at their project management office between February 2015 and July 2016.