Artists gather in Dammam to brush up their skills

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The event is being held as part of a series of programs organized throughout the year. (SPA)
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The event is being held as part of a series of programs organized throughout the year. (SPA)
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The event is being held as part of a series of programs organized throughout the year. (SPA)
Updated 03 August 2019

Artists gather in Dammam to brush up their skills

  • The event is being held as part of a series of programs organized throughout the year

DAMMAM: The Sharqiyah Forum for Artists, organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA), has started in Dammam with the participation of 44 men and women artists.
Youssef Al-Harbi, director of SASCA, said the forum includes an oil painting workshop that focuses on the “wet on wet” technique, a session called “The Experience of a Sculpting Artist” and a workshop for acrylic painting techniques.
The event is being held as part of a series of programs organized throughout the year.
The forum has been hugely popular following the success of their events.


Hussain Hanbazazah, director of the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra)

Hussain Hanbazazah
Updated 25 February 2020

Hussain Hanbazazah, director of the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra)

  • The start of this decade is particularly exciting for Ithra as we gear up to deliver a great slate of new programs and events in 2020 for our audiences

Hussain Hanbazazah has been the director of the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), which was developed by Saudi Aramco, since December 2019. Prior to that, he was the center’s director of media relations.
In 2007, he gained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia and while studying there was a member of the International Student Organization.
He went on to obtain a master’s degree in sustainable electrical energy from the Georgia Institute of Technology, in 2015.
He joined Saudi Aramco in February 2008 as an electrical engineer and rose through the ranks to become a project support general supervisor, the job he held when he left the company in 2017 to become a director at the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships (SCISP). There, he was quickly promoted to the position of vice president.
In 2018, he moved back to Saudi Aramco as director of media relations before taking up his latest role. Hanbazazah took part in last week’s launch of Ithra’s planned program of events for the year ahead. “The start of this decade is particularly exciting for Ithra as we gear up to deliver a great slate of new programs and events in 2020 for our audiences.
“We are pleased to bring back favorites like our annual Tanween festival, in addition to new enriching programming as well as our other popular seasonal events,” he said. He tweets @hanbazazah.