Storyteller Tent at Saudi National Camel Festival

Saudi people ride camels as they celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha in a desert in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, in this photo taken on September 1, 2017. (REUTERS)
Updated 06 January 2018

Storyteller Tent at Saudi National Camel Festival

The first episode of “Storyteller Tent” starts on Thursday at the second King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival.

The program hosts a dialogue with camel owners Nasser M. Al-Bureik, Saif M. Al-Mazrou’I and Hamad O. Al-Muri. The dialogue is moderated by Mubarak bin Saif.

Moreover, Mohammed bin Sabil will present a meeting with poets Abdullah Bin Oun, Said M. Al-Aklabi and Naif bin Sha’mal, vocalist Saleh Al-Zuheiri, storyteller Abdullah Bin Merjah, and banjo player Obeid Al-Rashidi.

The festival’s spokesman. Sultan Al-Buqami, said that the “Storyteller Tent” aims to present popular cultural heritage orally through various events, including a dialogue session in which poets and storytellers talk about old poems and camel tales with a banjo music background.

Al-Buqami stressed the desire of the festival to present cultural heritage and traditional oral activities, and in showing their importance in connecting people with their deep past.

He also noted that the events of the “Storyteller Tent” are directed toward those interested in popular culture, and visitors of the festivals. These events, he added, will continue throughout the mid-year school vacation.

He added that the Storyteller Tent will host prominent poets and storytellers in the Kingdom at various events, and visitors will meet famous Saudi storytellers.


Saudi Arabia launches strategy to become global AI leader

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Saudi Arabia launches strategy to become global AI leader

  • Ambitions for 2030 include training 20,000 data and AI specialists and the creation of 300 active data and AI startups

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia launched a national strategy on Wednesday to become a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and data by 2030, attracting more than $20 billion in foreign and local investments.

“Saudi Arabia wants to set the best example globally in using AI for the development of a nation,” Abdullah Bin Sharaf Alghamdi, president of the Saudi Data and AI Authority, said during his opening speech at the Global AI Summit announcing the launch of the National Strategy for Data and AI.

Alghamdi also touched on the Kingdom’s other AI and data ambitions for 2030 including training 20,000 data and AI specialists, and attracting the creation of 300 active data and AI startups.

“The strategy aims to make Saudi Arabia the place where the best of data and artificial intelligence is made reality… it sets the foundation and direction upon which we will unlock the potential of data and AI to fulfil our national transformation priorities and establish Saudi Arabia as a global hub for data and AI,” he said.

Alghamdi told participants that Saudi Arabia viewed the summit as an annual platform that would take a look at AI in a fresh and positive perspective that “elevates international collaboration over competition” which emphasizes on the potential benefits with the responsible application of artificial intelligence.

“AI’s potential has led to fierce competition between nations to claim global leadership… there has been an overly negative debate on the risks and dangers of AI,” he said.

The inaugural summit, which honors Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20, aims explore artificial intelligence’s role in the new global era and how its transformational potential can be deployed “to create a better future for all.”

Several major partnerships and initiatives are expected to be announced during the course of the two-day summit focused on accelerating AI for sustainable development in low- and middle-income countries, according to Alghamdi, for a more inclusive future and “no one is left is behind.”