Saudis bid to beautify their cities with street art

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Top Saudi graffiti artists are taking part in the beautification drive in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Top Saudi graffiti artists are taking part in the beautification drive in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 15 April 2019

Saudis bid to beautify their cities with street art

  • The campaign is also meant to raise citizens’ awareness, public ethics, and responsibility toward public places
  • Last month, the Kingdom launched an ambitious  $23 billion project to create vast open green areas in Riyadh

RIYADH: Riyadh Municipality launched on April 10, the “Beautifying Riyadh’s Murals” events that aim to beautify public places and spheres in the capital city, as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The events, that witness the participation of top Saudi artists in the art of graffiti, are divided into two stages; the first consists of removal of distorted scriptures off the city’s walls by volunteers, while the second consists of covering the walls with murals painted by famous Saudi artists.

These events come as part of Riyadh municipality’s campaign to beautify the city, to raise citizens’ awareness, public ethics, and responsibility toward public places, in addition to involving citizens in activities with aesthetic dimensions.

Last month, the Kingdom also launched an ambitious  $23 billion project to create vast open green areas in Riyadh including the world’s biggest city park.

Construction will begin this year on four schemes — King Salman Park, Sports Boulevard, Green Riyadh and Riyadh Art — which will create sustainable communities, drive action against climate change and provide up to 70,000 new jobs.

The aim of the project is to “significantly improve the lives of its citizens, transform the city into an attractive destination and make it one of the world’s most livable cities,” the government said.

The four projects — King Salman Park, Sports Boulevard, Green Riyadh and Riyadh Art — will complement the Saudi Vision 2030’s “Quality of Life” program and are aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals, to create sustainable cities and communities, while driving urgent action against climate change.

Developed with a government investment of $23 billion, the four projects will offer opportunities worth $15 billion for the private sector to invest in residential, commercial, recreational and wellness projects. As well as creating tens of thousands of new jobs, the project will also help boost efforts to improve the city’s health and well-being with a commitment to wellness, health, sports, culture and the arts, underpinned by a commitment to environmental sustainability.

 

Beautifying Makkah Road

The Committee of Fine Arts and Arab Calligraphy has started its campaign to beautify Makkah Road, in the center of Sakaka city, as artists of Al-Jouf area started to paint a huge mural under its auspices, as part of the agreement signed with Al-Jouf municipality and the Saudi Arabia Society for Culture and Art.  

Khaled bin Abdul Rahman Al-Issa, director of culture and arts in Al-Jouf, said that the aim of the mural is to expose and show the cultural, historical, touristic and agricultural landmarks, in addition to the artifacts of Al-Jouf.

 


Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

Muslim pilgrims leave after offering noon prayers outside the Namirah mosque on Arafat Mountain, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (AP)
Updated 26 January 2020

Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

  • Presence of 2.6 million Indian expats in Saudi Arabia boosts bilateral ties

On the occasion of India’s 71st Republic Day, I extend my best wishes to my fellow Indian citizens in the western region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations which reflect centuries-old economic and socio-cultural ties.
Visits by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Saudi Arabia in April 2016 and in October 2019 plus the exchanges of other high-level visits have further strengthened the warm relations between the two countries.
As our prime minister said during his visit in October 2019, India would work hand-in-hand with Saudi Arabia on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.  
The presence of over 2.6 million Indian expatriates in the Kingdom has also contributed immensely to the strength of economic and socio-cultural ties between our two nations.
Bilateral trade delegations have also increased in the last few years. Indian business delegations are now a regular feature of trade exhibitions in Jeddah and other parts of the Kingdom. The Indian Consulate in Jeddah works tirelessly and diligently to provide the best possible service to Indian nationals residing in the western region of the Kingdom.
This good service includes reducing to three working days the length of time required for issuing/reissuing passports.
The introduction of an e-visa facility for Saudi nationals has further streamlined visa processing and provides a smooth first step for those wanting to visit India.
The Indian government and the people of India are grateful to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Hajj Minister Dr. Mohammed Benten for making excellent arrangements during Hajj 2019. In that year, 200,000 Indian nationals performed Hajj and more than 650,000 Indians came for Umrah.
The Indian side remains committed to partnering closely with Saudi Arabia and working toward a very successful Hajj 2020.
We sincerely express our gratitude to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi ministries of foreign affairs, labor, interior and the authorities of Jawazat, Tarheel and other concerned agencies who have always provided exemplary assistance to the consulate which has enabled the comfortable stay of the many Indians visiting, living, and working in the Kingdom.


• Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh is India’s consul general in Jeddah.