Saudi Embassy in UK launches cultural initiative

The Saudi Arabian Embassy in west London. (AFP)
Updated 02 July 2019

Saudi Embassy in UK launches cultural initiative

  • Al-Maqshi praised the support offered by the Saudi Embassy to scholarship students and their dependents

LONDON: The cultural attache at the Saudi Embassy in the UK organized the “Second Business and Student Volunteer Initiatives Forum in the Scholarship Community.”
This leading event promotes Saudi Arabia’s intellectual and cultural image in the United Kingdom, in collaboration with the Saudi Students Club in London at King Fahd Academy, London.
The event began with a meeting between the cultural attache, Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al-Maqshi, and the heads of Saudi student clubs in Britain.
Al-Maqshi praised the support offered by the Saudi Embassy to scholarship students and their dependents. The meeting discussed the role of the Saudi clubs in cooperation with the cultural attache in supporting Saudi student activities that are in the interest of the students and their dependents.
After that, the cultural attache opened the Business and Volunteer Initiatives exhibition and listened to a summary of the work of volunteers.

Some volunteer initiatives are aimed at introducing Saudi Arabia’s historical, cultural, touristic and development identity, developing education and serving volunteers, charitable and training activities aimed at realizing Vision 2030.


‘Juhayman: 40 years on:’ Arab News takes a Deep Dive into Saudi history with a multimedia look at the siege of Makkah’s Grand Mosque

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‘Juhayman: 40 years on:’ Arab News takes a Deep Dive into Saudi history with a multimedia look at the siege of Makkah’s Grand Mosque

  • Featuring interviews with key players such as Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s English-language newspaper tells the full story of the unthinkable event that cast a shadow over its society for decades
  • As part of its Deep Dive series online, featuring documentary-style multimedia stories, Arab News looks back at this event in a way no Saudi publication has done before

Forty years ago this week, on Nov. 20, 1979, a group of militants did the unthinkable: They seized the Grand Mosque in Makkah, taking people hostage inside in a two-week standoff with Saudi forces.

Until recently, the crisis remained too painful for Saudis to examine fully for almost four decades. Now Arab News, Saudi Arabia’s leading English-language daily, is looking back at the event in a way that no publication in the Kingdom has done before: with a multimedia Deep Dive story online at arabnews.com/juhayman-40-years-on.

“The 1979 attack on Makkah’s  Grand Mosque halted major social development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, negatively affecting a progressing nation for generations to come,” said Rawan Radwan, the lead reporter on the project, who is based in Jeddah. “At Arab News, we delved deep into the matter to uncover the story of Juhayman, the terrorist who seized the holiest site and shook the Islamic world. It’s a story that for many years struck fear in the hearts of the Saudi people, yet has not been covered in such depth in local or international media — until now.”

Arab News launched its Deep Dive series earlier this year as an engaging new way to showcase its in-depth storytelling on key topics, enlivened by audio, video and animated graphics. Its first story was an in-depth account of the space mission by the first Arab astronaut, Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman; the siege of Makkah is another story from the Kingdom’s past that it chose to revisit.

Extensive research was conducted over two months in several cities, including Makkah itself, and involved teams in five of Arab News’ bureaus: Jeddah, Riyadh, Dubai, London and Beirut. The team interviewed key players such as Prince Turki Al-Faisal, then head of the General Intelligence Directorate, and re-created what happened in a series of interactive maps.

 

Juhayman: 40 years on
On the anniversary of the 1979 attack on Makkah's Grand Mosque, Arab News tells the full story of an unthinkable event that shocked the Islamic world and cast a shadow over Saudi society for decades
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