Moath Al-Ofi, Saudi artist, researcher and explorer

Moath Al-Ofi
Updated 10 June 2019

Moath Al-Ofi, Saudi artist, researcher and explorer

Moath Al-Ofi is a prominent young Saudi artist, researcher and explorer of the Madinah region.

He is currently serving as the head of cultural programs at the Madinah Regional Development Authority.

In 2013, he founded Al-Mthba, which is a multidisciplinary art studio that focuses on research, tours, art and education.

Al-Ofi also co-founded Erth Team, a production group that specializes in safari trips, aerial photography and travel documentation.

He rose to prominence for his work on the old neighborhoods of Madinah. He began documenting the neighborhoods of the holy city in 2013, where he treated the city as his studio and an open museum.

His exploration project focuses on cultural artifacts, heritage and hidden historical treasures. It aims to document the history and safeguard the rich cultural heritage of the region for posterity.

Al-Ofi began his project from Madinah but over time he expanded its scope to the entire Kingdom.

His artistic endeavors have made him an important figure in the art and history circles around the world. Al-Ofi has participated in many exhibitions in the region and around the globe.

He exhibited works in Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Bahrain, Oman, London, Paris, Brussels, Moscow, New Mexico and Utah.

Al-Ofi obtained a bachelor’s degree in environmental management and sustainable development from Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia.

He is also curating an exhibition titled “Naphtha” commissioned by the Saudi Ministry of Culture.

The exhibition inaugurates Khuzam Palace’s re-launch around the theme of oil and politics. It opened on June 8 and will continue until July 18.

The works on display seek to explore the broad and profound consequences of oil on both social and environmental aspects.


Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

Updated 30 May 2020

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia moved closer to Phase 2 of the gradual relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules, the Ministry of Interior announced precautionary measures and preventive protocols for several sectors to follow.

The preventive protocols, prepared by the Ministry of Health,  covers the period from 8 Shawwal to 28 Shawwal 1441 in the Hijri calendar, corresponding to May 31 to June 20, 2020 in the Gregorian calendar.

A ministry official said the protocols are provided for mosques;  the public; petroleum, petrochemical and gas and other industries; malls and retail centers, home delivery service, among others.

The preventive protocols can be found at: https://covid19awareness.sa/archives/5460.

The MOI urged all citizens, expatriates and concerned authorities "to implement these procedures and abide by their provisions in order to preserve the safety of all".

Also on Saturday, the acting minister of economy and planning, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, said the gradual lifting of the curfew "represents a new stage in the face of the global pandemic crisis and towards a gradual return to economic activities in the Kingdom to its normal levels."
 
"The decisions were taken after continuous coordination between the Ministry of Health and the concerned authorities, relying on a focused plan that seeks to balance between procedures for reopening economic activities and maintaining the stability of health and social conditions," said Jadaan, who is also the Kingdom's minister of finance.

Al-Jadaan highlighted that the government has increased – during the last period through the state’s general budget – spending on urgent and necessary requirements to face the crisis.

It has significantly strengthened the financial allocations for the Health and related services sector.

The government also launched urgent support initiatives to mitigate the impact on the private sector, supporting the economy and to preserve the jobs of citizens in economic establishments, he said in a statement carried by the SPA.