German cultural institutions in Riyadh: Language training and cultural exchange

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DAAD... German educational organization in Saudi Arabia.
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German children in a show of national pride.
Updated 18 October 2017

German cultural institutions in Riyadh: Language training and cultural exchange

German cultural institutions in Riyadh: Language training and cultural exchange

The cultural relations between Germany and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are constantly growing and intensifying. At the same time the German language is becoming more widespread among young Saudis and other residents of the Kingdom.
One of the three institutions which successfully meet this demand is the Goethe Institut in Riyadh. Located in a spacious villa in the Umm Al-Hamam district, this German cultural institute offers language courses at all levels: Beginners to advanced. The director of the institute, Frank Herzig, and his highly qualified team of distinguished teachers know how to guide their students toward the requirements of the CEFR, the Common European Framework of References for Languages. Thus, motivation and a profound expertise in language teaching are the main pillars of the Goethe Institut.
And as language proficiency is always linked to different demands, the Goethe Institut is excited to launch the following new courses and course types: Specialized courses for doctors and students of medicine, blended and e-learning courses that combine online learning with personal presence in class, as well as courses for kids aged 7 to 12. To find your perfect course, the institute can be contacted by email ([email protected]).
In addition to language training, the Goethe Institut is offering an ambitious cultural program. To mark the opening of a new season a “Night of Music and Culture” was held in September. Local artists and musicians, as well as more than 200 guests, participated in this unique and special event under the patronage of Dieter W. Haller, Germany’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. On Oct. 13 a concert with six musicians from Germany took place, showcasing traditional Bavarian folk music. More events will follow over the course of the year.
Another German educational organization in Saudi Arabia is the DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service. The DAAD is the world’s largest funding organization for the international exchange of students and researchers. Together with the Saudi Ministry of Education, the DAAD offers a special joint scholarship program for Saudi nationals with excellent grades to enable graduates and doctoral candidates to improve their academic and scientific qualifications.
A second goal of the DAAD is its cooperation with the King Saud University in Riyadh. The German department at the College for Languages and Translation offers a Bachelor degree in “German for translators” to young Saudis. Around 70 young men are currently enrolled in this program. Two Saudi professors, Faiz Alshehri and Abdullah Alsahran, as well as a DAAD lecturer from Germany, Michael Alszer, guide the future translators toward proficiency and expertise.
The German Embassy is also proud that the German International School Riyadh is well established. Parents and children alike enjoy education “made in Germany” for children aged 2 to 16. Only recently, the school has started offering kindergarten education for under-three year olds. Currently, more than 110 students are being educated at the German International School Riyadh. As a step toward a brighter future the school is planning to establish bilingual courses to attract more students.
The German Embassy and all German cultural and educational institutions work hand in hand with their Saudi partners to deepen the cultural relations and, thus, to contribute to mutual understanding. The Saudi “Vision 2030” will offer more opportunities to interact closely in the cultural field, and we are looking forward to being part of it.


First phase Saudi Arabia’s ‘Pulse of Alkhobar’ project launched

First phase Saudi Arabia’s ‘Pulse of Alkhobar’ project launched
Updated 22 January 2021

First phase Saudi Arabia’s ‘Pulse of Alkhobar’ project launched

First phase Saudi Arabia’s ‘Pulse of Alkhobar’ project launched
  • The project will help define the region’s culture and enhance its position as a tourist destination

RIYADH: The first phase of the “Pulse of Alkhobar” project has been launched as part of plans to develop an integrated cultural center in the heart of the city and transform the Eastern Province’s arts scene.
The project follows calls by architecture experts, social media activists and artists for a collaboration across multiple sectors to strengthen the province’s cultural impact.
According to Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abudllah bin Farhan, the project, centered on the site of the city’s old market, is the fruit of a partnership between the ministry and its municipal and rural affairs counterpart.
Acting Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Majid Al-Hogail said that the project will build an artistic and heritage destination that will improve the lives of residents of Alkhobar governorate as well as visitors to the Eastern Province.
The project will help define the region’s culture and enhance its position as a tourist destination, he added.
Abdulhadi Al-Shammari, the province’s municipal chairman, told Arab News that the new project will also improve services at municipal facilities, while preserving Saudi heritage and culture.
The project introduces tourists and visitors to the culture of the province, and highlights Al-Olaya district as the center of the city’s culture and arts activities.
Al-Shammari said that the project will boost the city’s finances, driving sustainable development and growth as well an improvement in quality of life.
“It will create new investment opportunities for the private sector, and encourage small and medium-scale enterprises, which have an excellent and effective social impact,” he said.
Al-Shammari added: “The Saudi government supports all sectors to help them deliver lucrative investment opportunities and build a conducive environment for local and foreign investment, where new job opportunities are created for young men and women.”
Faisal Al-Fadl, secretary-general of the Saudi Green Building Forum, told Arab News that creating a cultural and arts destination that is open to a range of activities will add to the city’s tourist appeal.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The ‘Pulse of Alkhobar’ project follows calls by architecture experts, social media activists and artists for a collaboration across multiple sectors to strengthen the province’s cultural impact.

• According to Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abudllah bin Farhan, the project, centered on the site of the city’s old market, is the fruit of a partnership between the ministry and its municipal and rural affairs counterpart.

“Cooperation between the public sector and international organizations, as well as professional organizations, archaeologists and the public, is instrumental in preserving the cultural and architectural heritage of neighborhoods and cities,” he said.
Al-Fadl added that the collaboration between the two ministries reflects “the importance of architectural and cultural heritage, and the tangible and unique archaeological importance of the buildings as a key element in the history of peoples and relationships inside and outside the Arabian Peninsula.”
He thanked both ministries for their efforts.
Arafat Al-Majed, a Qatif Muncipal Council member, said the partnership is a step forward that falls in line with agreements concluded as part of Vision 2030.
“The agreement will increase interest in cultural heritage and the buildings and towns whose profound and ancient history should be brought out to the world to see and enjoy,” she told Arab News. “The agreement will also improve the urban landscape.”
She said that the joint committee should have branches in municipalities around the Kingdom in order to shed light on heritage sites that can be included in UNESCO. “The Kingdom is rich in such heritage sites.”
Al-Majed said that the project will introduce today’s generation to the ancient heritage of the province in a way that encourages investment opportunities.
“Nobody can deny the fact that some municipalities are still hesitant about what to do with heritage buildings and towns since some of these are abandoned or about to collapse. These municipalities want to tear them down. But these are historical treasures that should be preserved and invested in to become an important economic driver, and a source of arts and culture,” she added.
Maysoon Abu Baker, a Saudi poet and columnist, said the Saudi government attaches great importance to culture and heritage.
“Vision 2030 emphasized the significance of the culture existent in old cities,” she told Arab News.
“Arts, culture and heritage are at the top of the agenda for developing cities and preserving their culture. The cultural impact is important for the future of the Kingdom and is related to its history.”
Yousef Al-Harbi, director of Culture and Arts Society in Dammam, said that the partnership will lead to “new visual perceptions highlighting the Saudi, Arabian and Islamic identity.”
He highlighted the importance of nurturing Saudi art and architectural talent, and facilitating cooperation in order to “bring out the beauty of Saudi heritage and cities.”