Exhibition offers departing pilgrims a final glimpse of Hajj

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The exhibition gives pilgrims a chance to get instant prints of the photos for personal use. (SPA)
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Updated 18 August 2019

Exhibition offers departing pilgrims a final glimpse of Hajj

  • SPA contributed old and new photographs that depict pilgrims’ journeys

MAKKAH: Pilgrims have one last chance to get a glimpse of the Hajj before leaving the Kingdom as an exhibition goes on display at Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport, the SPA reported.
Around 1.8 million Muslims from outside Saudi Arabia performed the Hajj this year, with the majority arriving by air.
The exhibition includes more than 70 photographs, as well as video presentations, showcasing aspects of the pilgrimage. It is being sponsored by Makkah municipality. The exhibition material comes from multiple sources: SPA, the Makkah Regional Development Authority (MRDA), the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), King Abdul Aziz Foundation (DARAH), King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Misk Charitable Foundation, Al-Haramain Express Train and NAS Airlines.
It is aimed at presenting pilgrims with a lasting and beautiful image of the Hajj journey as they head home having observed one of Islam’s five pillars. It also shows the development programs and projects initiated by the Kingdom in order to raise the standard of facilities and services so people can perform the rituals with ease and in comfort.
SPA contributed old and new photographs that depict pilgrims’ journeys. These are displayed in chronological order, spanning decades from past to present, to show how projects at the Two Holy Mosques have evolved between the reign of Saudi Arabia’s founder King Abdul Aziz and the reign of King Salman.
The MRDA contributed photos of projects carried out at the holy sites, especially in the Jamarat Al-Aqaba area, these include shots of the Al-Mashaaer Al-Mugaddassah Metro, which only runs during the Hajj season and carries pilgrims between the holy sites.

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• The exhibition includes more than 70 photographs, as well as video presentations, showcasing aspects of the pilgrimage. It is being sponsored by the Makkah municipality.

• It is aimed at presenting pilgrims with a lasting and beautiful image of the Hajj journey as they head home having observed one of Islam’s five pillars.

The metro line is an important piece of Hajj infrastructure. Figures published by the Saudi Railways Co. (SAR) earlier this week showed that 340,035 pilgrims were transported by the Al-Mashaaer Al-Mugaddassah Metro to Mount Arafat, over 353,434 were transported to Muzdalifah, 377,199 from Muzdalifah to Mina, and 1,246,422 to the Jamarat facilities during the days of Tashreeq.
Such infrastructure projects have been carried out under the supervision of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal.
GACA, DARAH, KACST, Misk, Al-Haramain Railway, and NAS Airlines contributed photos and satellite images of the holy sites.
The exhibition gives pilgrims a chance to get instant prints of the photos for personal use. The exhibition will have two shifts, from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., to accommodate as many visitors as possible.


Ithra marks National Day with exhibitions, competitions and performances

Updated 23 September 2020

Ithra marks National Day with exhibitions, competitions and performances

  • The study reveals a need to protect and preserve Saudi heritage in the face of cultural homogenization

RIYADH: The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) is marking Saudi Arabia’s 90th National Day with exhibitions, a scavenger hunt, a fine dining pop-up, and artistic performances.

The center started its National Day celebrations on Sept. 21 and the activities run through to Sept. 26. 

Rania Biltagi, the head of communication and partnerships at Ithra, said she hoped that people this year would ask themselves what being Saudi meant to them.

“I am proud to be part of an organization created as a creative and cultural destination perfectly positioned to drive and participate in conversations such as these,” she told Arab News. “Our mandate involves igniting cultural curiosity, exploring knowledge and inspiring creativity, and it’s a task we don’t take lightly.”

“Saudi at heart, multicultural by nature” had been the Ithra motto from the start, she said, and the center was always looking inward even as it looked outward.

Biltagi shared the results of research that Ithra had conducted about the impact of globalization on Saudi Arabia’s culture.

“The study reveals a need to protect and preserve Saudi heritage in the face of cultural homogenization. However, it also shows that Saudis are willing and able to embrace modernity and globalization while still cherishing their unique national identity.”

Ithra has created the “Kingdom of Cultures” exhibition, which will take visitors on an interactive and state-of-the-art journey through Saudi Arabia’s lands and tell stories about the Saudi people. It will also feature crafts, dialects and customs.

Writer and Saudi heritage expert Ali Ibrahim Moghawi said he was honored to be participating in the festival as part of the “Flower Men” booth.

“To be representing our great nation at the very place where oil was first discovered, a place that represents the heart of progress in Saudi Arabia, the place that has done the most to respect our heritage and support every Saudi generation future, past, and present, is an honor,” he told Arab News.

Ithra has scheduled musical performances from Saudi band Al-Farabi, which will also feature the pianist Abeer Balubaid and singer Ameen Farsi. Award-winning poet Abdulatif Almubarak will host an evening of poetry – “Aswat” – accompanied by musicians in a celebration of Saudi civilization.

The center has devised a pop-up restaurant called Takya, which will offer guests a fine dining experience with Saudi fusion cuisine and modern takes on old favorites.

It has also announced plans to revamp and renovate an old farmer’s market in Alkhobar’s Al-Ulaya district to give it an energetic and artsy edge. The covered space is being redecorated and will feature areas for art and music, in addition to a dedicated and upgraded space where local farmers can sell their produce.

Ithra plans to curate installations at the market to make it more visually appealing as well as to take art and creativity directly to the community.

It has scheduled two celebration sessions a day with limited space and occupancy. The first runs from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. while the second is from 8:30 p.m. until midnight.

Tickets to the events, as well as the special performances, are available on Ithra’s website.