Saudi sculptor represents Kingdom at international art exhibition

Sculptor Kamal Almualem at the Tetouan International Sculpture Symposium in (Morocco. Photo/Supplied )
Updated 04 July 2019

Saudi sculptor represents Kingdom at international art exhibition

  • Kamal Al-Mualem's works on display at Moroccan international event
  • Earlier this year the Saudi artist took part in the International Sculpture Camp in the city of Sohar, Oman

RIYADH: A Saudi sculptor is carving out a reputation for himself on the world stage after representing the Kingdom at a major international art exhibition.

Works by Kamal Al-Mualem were one of the star attractions when they went on display at the Tetouan International Sculpture Symposium in northern Morocco.

Al-Mualem, who hails from the Eastern Province, told Arab News: “I was very glad that my artwork was shortlisted for this international sculpture fest, where selected artists from various parts of the world took part.”

He said it was an honor to represent the Kingdom and promote Saudi arts and culture, adding that  34 artists from 15 countries took part in the symposium including Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Italy, France, China, Belgium, Oman, Congo, Kuwait, Jordan, Belarus, Bahrain and Malaysia.

Al-Mualem’s sculptures proved popular with visitors to the event (which started on June 15) many of whom were students who listened to explanations about his work.

Earlier this year the Saudi artist, who studied fine art in Florence, Italy, took part in the International Sculpture Camp in the city of Sohar, Oman.

He has also participated in various high-profile international art exhibitions, including the Silk Road International Arts Festival and Exhibition 2018 in Xi’an, China and the Changcheng and Chuanqing International Sculpture Exhibition, also in China.


Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to get his very own Times Square billboard

Updated 12 November 2019

Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to get his very own Times Square billboard

  • Amr Diab is the first Arab artist to appear on a Spotify billboard in Times Square
  • The move is a bid to promote the music and culture of the Middle East and North Africa

DUBAI: Amr Diab is the first Arab musical artist to get his face plastered on a Spotify billboard in New York City’s iconic Times Square. 

The streaming giant projected a smiling portrait of the Egyptian crooner in one of the most-visited landmarks in the Big Apple in a bid to promote the music and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.

“Today we are celebrating Diab’s legacy and we are proud to see him shine so brightly - literally - on the global stage,” says Claudius Boller, Managing Director, Spotify Middle East and Africa in an official press statement. 

According to Spotify, the legendary singer’s music is most streamed in the United States, followed by Sweden, Germany, the UK and Canada.

His album “Nour el-Ain” (Our Eyes Beam) brought him global success and earned him the title of “The Father of Mediterranean Music” for his style of blending Egyptian and western rhythms. 

Diab received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Big Apple Music Awards in 2009. At the 2014 World Music Awards, Diab was also awarded Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist, and World’s Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.

He was also one of the first artists to headline a concert in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the Saudia E-Prix in 2018. He was part of a superstar lineup that included the likes of Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo, the Black Eyed Peas, One Republic and David Guetta. 

The 58-year-old singer is set to take the stage of the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre in Jan. 20, 2020.