TheFace: Rabaa Al-Angari, jewelry designer

Rabaa Al-Angari. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 13 May 2018

TheFace: Rabaa Al-Angari, jewelry designer

  • Al-Angari: When designing my first collection, I thought of things that might describe the idea of humanity
  • Al-Angari: My vision for my jewelry is for it to be timeless

Rabaa Al-Angari: Youra is my fine jewelry brand, which is based in Riyadh. The name comes from the Arabic word for “be seen,” which reflects the process of moving from the invisible world of ideas to the visible world.

My vision for my jewelry is for it to be timeless, something you can wear all the time, all year round, not limited to a certain occasion or look. My collections are inspired by my life and the beauty surrounding us. Sometimes this appears clearly, other times it is disguised and hard to see, which is when the heart plays a part in sensing and feeling it.

I find beauty in small things that carry with them a lot of meaning: symbols, words, stories, culture, peace, melody, music, poetry, dance, exploring the world, people and the planet.

Everyone has a story to tell, experiences to share, and a dream. Everyone can read each item of jewelry based on their experiences and imagination, which is what makes each piece a work of art.

When designing my first collection, I thought of things that might describe the idea of humanity — and the word that came to mind was “oneness.” I couldn’t find a more beautiful description than “happy color” to explain what this amazing oneness means.

I carried a love of jewelry with me from childhood. I read every article I could, went to many stores, becoming more determined to create my own, until that day in 2012 when I started my first sketch. Something happened in me — it was like my hand said, “Yes, where have you been all these years?” I started imagining and designing, but postponed the idea of having a jewelry brand for reasons bigger than me. I knew it would happen one day, however.

In 2014, the dream came true. You know what they say: When it’s time, it’s time. So I set off on my path, and what a wonderful path it is. It is like everything has fallen into place, and I treat my designs as if they are my own cute kids.


196 Saudis stranded in Bahrain over virus pandemic return home

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196 Saudis stranded in Bahrain over virus pandemic return home

  • The returning Saudis received medical checks before entering the Kingdom and were placed in specified hotels for quarantine upon arrival
  • The returnees formed the first of four parties of a total 790 Saudi nationals due to be bussed back to the Kingdom

RIYADH: A group of 196 Saudis left stranded in Bahrain due to travel restrictions introduced over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic have been transported home via the King Fahd Causeway connecting the two countries.

The returnees formed the first of four parties of a total 790 Saudi nationals due to be bussed back to the Kingdom after becoming trapped in Bahrain by the spread of the virus, according to the Saudi Press Agency. 

In a tweet, the Saudi Ambassador to Bahrain Prince Sultan bin Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz, said: “In compliance with the directives of King Salman and the crown prince (Mohammed bin Salman) to facilitate the procedures for the return of stranded citizens, the embassy, in cooperation with the concerned authorities of the two brotherly kingdoms, begins today — for a period of four days — sending buses scheduled to transport citizens to the Eastern Province via King Fahd Causeway.”

The returning Saudis received medical checks before entering the Kingdom and were placed in specified hotels for quarantine upon arrival.

Similar COVID-19 tests and procedures will apply for other groups of Saudi citizens being repatriated from countries around the globe, including those returning on flights.

Electronic Saudi news outlet, Ajel, reported that 29,000 Saudis had registered on the e-government Yusr platform within 24 hours of its launch.

In a video posted on the embassy’s official Twitter account on March 27, Saudi envoy to the UK, Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, said: “We all need to stand together as a barrier to halt the virus from spreading. For that, the return of 20,000 or 30,000 citizens all at once is not logical and not safe for you and your country.”

The Saudi Ministry of Education was also coordinating with its 31 cultural bureaus on the health and safety of 124,228 Saudis currently abroad as part of government scholarship programs — 79,113 of them students with 45,115 accompanying family members.

Saudi Minister of Transport Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, who is also chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), said airport terminals were being readied for the arrival of Saudi nationals from abroad.

“GACA has harnessed all its efforts and capabilities to receive the citizens wishing to return to the Kingdom. It has prepared terminals in the Kingdom’s international airports — King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah and King Fahd International Airport in Dammam,” he added.

An announcement is expected soon on which country the next group of Saudi nationals will be returned from.

Saudis given priority to return on the first flights back include those coming from countries worst affected by the virus, elderly citizens, those with expired passports or where flights have been cancelled, pregnant women, people with special needs, and humanitarian cases.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Arab News that it was not yet clear how many Saudis had registered to come home but those wishing to could apply at http://www.mofa.gov.sa/es.