Riyadh, Kiev cement relations with President Poroshenko’s Saudi visit

King Salman receives Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 02 November 2017

Riyadh, Kiev cement relations with President Poroshenko’s Saudi visit

RIYADH: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hailed the strong relations between his country and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in official talks with King Salman on Wednesday.
Poroshenko said he hoped to strengthen and develop these relations in all areas, including the economic and investment fields.
During the session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, King Salman and Poroshenko reviewed bilateral relations and aspects of cooperation between the two countries. They also attended a signing ceremony of a draft cooperation program and memoranda of understanding (MoU) between the two countries.
Before the signing ceremony, King Salman decorated the president with the King Abdul Aziz necklace medal, and received the Order of Yaroslav the Wise of First Class, which is the highest order in Ukraine.
Then, an MoU for investment cooperation in the field of agriculture was co-signed by the Saudi Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli, and the Ukrainian Acting Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Maxime Martinok.
A draft cooperation program between the Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies and the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine was co-signed by Saudi Foreign Minister Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.
An MoU for cooperation and exchanging news between the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) and the Ukrainian News Agency was co-signed by the SPA President Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Hussain and the Director General of the Ukrainian News Agency Alexander Kharchenko.
The signing ceremony was attended by a number of princes in addition to Saudi and Ukrainian ministers and senior officials.
Later, Poroshenko received the supervisor of the Public Investment Fund, Yasir bin Othman Al-Rumayyan.


Lebanese designer celebrates Saudi Arabia’s hidden treasure through art

Miriam El-Moula says she feels like she was born with art in her DNA.
Updated 56 min 35 sec ago

Lebanese designer celebrates Saudi Arabia’s hidden treasure through art

  • Miriam El-Moula marks Saudi Arabia’s culture and heritage through sustainable artworks

RIYADH: Defectless, a six-month-old lifestyle brand, is inspired by revealing hidden beauty. It started by highlighting the diversity of Saudi Arabia’s landscape. Unlocking the once-hidden treasures and memorializing them into contemporary and sustainable art pieces.
“I want to create pieces that are not only aesthetically beautiful, but that tell stories of people and places and inspire human progress,” 24-year-old artist Miraim El-Moula told Arab News.
“That is why I am so inspired by what’s happening in Saudi Arabia and the emergence of these new destinations. These destinations were hidden from the world. Now they are shocking the consciousness of many artists, me included, with the beauty of their nature, heritage, and people. They are worth being celebrated.”
Her designs are from four different regions in Saudi Arabia: Asir, AlUla, the Red Sea, and Riyadh. “That’s what I want to show people, that Saudi is not just a desert country. It is much more,” she said.
Hand sculpted from pure marble El-Moula’s latest creation is the Guardian of AlUla. “To me, the elephant rock is a natural wonder that stood the test of time. It is proof that nature is the ultimate artist.”

I love touching material and matching colors. Creating a new piece of art brings me internal happiness.

Miriam El-Moula

Inspired by the people of Asir and the community of the southern city, she recreated Asir Fortress in a contemporary handcrafted way. “I was inspired: On the one hand, the fortress represents the warriors who dedicated their lives to protect their lands, and on the other, Al-Qat pattern, engraved on it, represents the woman of Asir who enriched this community with their vibrant, colorful art.”

HIGHLIGHTS

• Miriam El-Moula’s designs are from four different regions in Saudi Arabia: Asir, AlUla, the Red Sea, and Riyadh.

• Inspired by the people of Asir and the community of the southern city, she recreated Asir Fortress in a contemporary handcrafted way.

• She uses sustainable materials, such as concrete, to replicate the age-old corals. The center is covered with gold making it a beautiful centerpiece.

• A marble tray made out of gold bowls that represent the historic Diriyah buildings — home to the leaders of Saudi Arabia — when conjoined is a representation of the UNESCO heritage site.

“Red Sea Siglia” was created by her inspiration from the marine treasures of the Red Sea. “These coral reefs are 6,000 years old and irreplaceable. They are a gift to mankind that must be celebrated and protected.”
She uses sustainable materials, such as concrete, to replicate the age-old corals. The center is covered with gold making it a beautiful centerpiece.
A marble tray made out of gold bowls that represent the historic Diriyah buildings — home to the leaders of Saudi Arabia — when conjoined is a representation of the UNESCO heritage site.
El-Moula knew from the beginning she wanted to be a designer. As a schoolgirl, she was infatuated with art class and even skipped other classes in school in order to develop her beloved passion.
“I feel like I was born with art in my DNA,” she said. “I love to look at spaces and always have an opinion on how they can look better. I love touching material and matching colors. Creating a new piece of art brings me internal happiness.”
Her first art display will be at Winter of Tantoura in AlUla.