International art exhibit opens in Jeddah

US Consulate General's Cultural Affairs Officer Jeff Willey, third left, with the participating artists. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 09 April 2019

International art exhibit opens in Jeddah

  • Mostafa said the exhibition is inspired by the spirit of transparency and openness, as called for in the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan

JEDDAH: An international art exhibition, featuring artists from Saudi Arabia and seven other countries, has opened at the Abdullah Al-Qasabi Gallery of the Saudi Fine Art Center in Jeddah.
The US Consulate’s cultural affairs officer, Jeff Willey, opened the exhibition “Arts Nations,” which was attended by diplomats, journalists and businesspeople.
The exhibition co-organizer, Maysaa Mostafa, said the show, which opened on Thursday, is the first in Saudi Arabia to feature foreign artists.
Mostafa quoted Willey as saying he had not attended an art event with such artistic integration and harmony.
She also said the Italian consul, in his speech, “lauded the exhibition” because it “made us feel like we have one language in common.”
Saudi artists whose work is on display include Ahmed Jamal, Walaa Jamal, Walaa Al-AlShaikh, Siham Mansour, Heba Maraei and Salma Al-Sulami. The foreign artists come from Italy, Pakistan, France, Turkey, South Africa, Jordan and Egypt.
Mostafa said the exhibition is inspired by the spirit of transparency and openness, as called for in the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan.


Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

Updated 18 January 2020

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

  • He was appointed to the consultative body in 2016
  • He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani was chosen as a Shoura Council member by a royal decree from King Salman in 2016.

The Shoura Council convened on Wednesday, and Al-Safiyani demanded that the National Anti-Corruption Commission investigate and set up an authority to oversee influencers’ activities on social media.

He said it had become important for the anti-graft body to monitor influencers as they were paid tremendous amounts to publicize government entities, and that there needed to be regulations to process such transactions.

Al-Safiyani has a bachelor’s degree, a master’s and a doctorate from Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He is a member of Almajmaa (Virtual Academy of the Arabic Language), the Saudi Scientific Association for Arabic Literature, the Saudi Association for Education and Psychology and the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, in addition to his Shoura Council membership.

He is also the vice dean of community service and continuing education at Majmaah University in Majmaah City, Saudi Arabia, and has collaborated with the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for the Arabic Language on several programs.

He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education, and is also the director general of Adab (International Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature). He has been a teacher and an administrator in public education since 1998.