King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture ITHRA scouting for next gen contemporary artists

Updated 19 November 2017

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture ITHRA scouting for next gen contemporary artists

JEDDAH: King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture ITHRA has launched an artists’ competition set to bring in a new generation of young contemporary artists. The first of its kind, the competition aims to provide a wider platform for more innovation and creativity among the art community. Further enriching and helping transform society to a more art savvy community.
In collaboration with Art Dubai, ITHRA is calling for all Saudi contemporary artists to partake in the competition. The center is intended to foster local talents and present them on an international scale.
Founded in 2007, Art Dubai is a leading international art fair that takes place every March. Art Dubai’s Executive Director Benedetta Ghione said: ‘We are delighted about the collaboration with ITHRA. The collaboration is at its early stages, and we are looking forward to seeing the final outcome of the competition.’
ITHRA will include the winning artwork in its prestigious permanent collection, sufficient funding for developing and shipping fees, and will also showcase their work at Art Dubai from March 21-24, 2018.
“We are excited at the prospect of discovering a new generation of contemporary artists as well as developing existing ones. We look forward to keep inspiring and supporting local talent,” said a representative at ITHRA.
ITHRA, a bold initiative by Aramco, was a specialized center set on to promote cultural development in the Kingdom. Located in Dhahran, the center features an auditorium, library, cinema, exhibition hall and a museum. Its art center features four halls; a contemporary art gallery, an Islamic Heritage gallery, Saudi Heritage and a geology and geography hall showcasing an immersive journey in Saudi Arabia’s topography. The speculated official opening is set for 2018.


Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

Updated 26 October 2020

Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

  • One civilian injured by shrapnel after Saudi-led coalition intercepts four flying bombs launched from Yemen

JEDDAH: Houthi militias and their Iranian backers were condemned on Sunday after the Saudi-led coalition intercepted four explosive-laden drones in two attacks launched from Yemen targeting the south of the Kingdom.

Three of the drones were destroyed early on Saturday and a fourth on Sunday. Shrapnel that fell in Sarat Abidah governorate injured a civilian, and damaged five homes and three vehicles, said civil defense spokesman Capt. Mohammed Abdu Al-Sayed.

Iran was increasing its support to the Houthis to undermine efforts for peace, Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, the political analyst and international relations scholar, told Arab News.

“They want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.”

Iranians want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, political analyst and international relations scholar

Al-Shehri said the situation in Yemen would remain the same unless the legitimate government was returned to Yemen, Security Council Resolution 2216 was put into practice and the Houthi militia were removed.

“Without these things, the Yemen crisis will not end and the whole region will remain in tension.”

The Houthis did not differentiate between military sites and civilian locations, he said.

“Their objective is to damage all places they can reach in Saudi Arabia, and their latest attempts to attack a populated area are nothing new.

“They have also targeted airports and some Aramco oil facilities. If the Aramco attack had not been contained, the damage would have affected the whole Eastern region. They have also attempted to target Makkah, where pilgrims and worshippers were performing their rituals.

“They don’t care. If you look back at what the Revolutionary Guards did at the Grand Mosque, you will realize it is not strange that the Houthis are trying to destroy everything in Saudi Arabia. The strange thing is the silence of the world toward what is happening.”