Swords and daggers on display wow visitors at Souk Okaz

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The traditional weapon-making industry is an important part of the tourism sector. (SPA)
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The traditional weapon-making industry is an important part of the tourism sector. (SPA)
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The traditional weapon-making industry is an important part of the tourism sector. (SPA)
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The traditional weapon-making industry is an important part of the tourism sector. (SPA)
Updated 28 August 2019

Swords and daggers on display wow visitors at Souk Okaz

  • Prices vary according to the level of manufacturing, with modern weapons featuring elaborate designs and inlays featuring rare and expensive materials, and often being made to order

TAIF: Souk Okaz, this year part of Taif Season, features more than 10 shops showcasing traditional swords and daggers, giving visitors more information about these famous historic weapons and how they are made. Formerly instruments of war, in modern times swords and daggers are used in popular games, traditional displays, and on special occasions such as wedding ceremonies as a source of pride.
Weapon makers regularly exhibit their craft at festivals and events such as Souk Okaz, where they are a popular attraction.
Descended from primitive implements made from such materials as stone, wood and bone, weapons evolved as civilization advanced and favored metals such as copper, bronze, iron, steel, and featuring gold and silver. Today’s swords and daggers are made by skilled craftsmen who have often inherited the profession from their fathers and grandfathers.
Prices vary according to the level of manufacturing, with modern weapons featuring elaborate designs and inlays featuring rare and expensive materials, and often being made to order.
The traditional weapon-making industry is an important part of the tourism sector, with visitors to Saudi Arabia considering it one of the country’s most important handicrafts, and it is an important economic contributor to the Kingdom.


Saudi university ranks fourth on international list of educational establishments

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi university ranks fourth on international list of educational establishments

  • King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals rates highly based on number of utilities patents granted to it in the United States
  • University received 225 patents, topped only by the University of California, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Texas

DHAHRAN: Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals has been ranked fourth on a global list of 100 universities granted utility patents in the United States in 2019.
The annual list is compiled by the American organizations the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. KFUPM was granted 225 patents last year according to the list, which was topped by the University of California (631), followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (355) and the University of Texas (276).
Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman, the Saudi minister of energy and chairman of KFUPM’s board of trustees, said the achievement reflects the university’s strategic methodology in the fields of research and innovation, and is something the Kingdom can be proud of.
He also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their great support for education.