Misk Innovation initiative participates in International Technology Fair in Paris

The Misk Innovation initiative aims to promote and support talent and innovation through local and international programs. SPA
Updated 28 May 2018

Misk Innovation initiative participates in International Technology Fair in Paris

  • Misk presented seven technological innovations in various fields
  • Misk Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and providing opportunities for the Kingdom’s youth and leading them to a bright future

JEDDAH: The Misk Innovation initiative, supported by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation (Misk), participated in the International Technology Fair “VivaTech” on Saturday in Paris.
This is the first participation of its kind to support the emerging technological creations of a number of innovators from the Kingdom’s youth.
In its pavilion, Misk presented seven technological innovations in various fields, including those that serve the hearing-impaired through technical support, the aviation industry, automotive electronic solutions, road safety, Arabic and international media monitoring, and the perfume industry.
Speaking at the opening of the exhibition on May 24, which was attended by a number of international technology company directors, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his hope that his country would become a fertile ground for start-ups.
The Saudi ambassador to France, Khaled Al-Anqari, attended the opening of the Saudi Pavilion “Misk Innovation.”
The executive director of Misk Innovation, Dima Al-Yahya, said that the young national talents participating in the three-day event reflected the creativity and innovations of Saudi nationals to the international community, noting that their participation gave them opportunities to learn and develop for the best.
Misk Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and providing opportunities for the Kingdom’s youth and leading them to a bright future through Vision 2030 in transforming and diversifying the Saudi economy.
The Misk Innovation initiative aims to promote and support talent and innovation through local and international programs and partnerships in three key areas: Education, culture and information.


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.