We’re Not in Kansas Anymore … The Wizard of Oz twists its way into Saudi Arabia’s Ithra

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The Wizard of Oz musical comes to Saudi Arabia next month, hosted by the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra). (Photo/Supplied)
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The Wizard of Oz musical comes to Saudi Arabia next month, hosted by the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra). (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 09 September 2019

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore … The Wizard of Oz twists its way into Saudi Arabia’s Ithra

  • Ithra is a creative and interactive public space for workshops, performances, events, exhibitions and experiences

The King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) is set to host the greatest family musical of all time, The Wizard of Oz, on Oct. 2-12. The musical, which features dazzling choreography and classic songs, will touch down in the Kingdom for the first time. This magical production is a celebration of the 1939 MGM movie, and will include breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away, from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas.
Director Dean Sobon has worked national tours of Fiddler on the Roof and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Amy McCleary, who is behind he magical choreography, was the director/choreographer of the national tour of Memphis, the Musical and the choreographer of the national tour of The Wedding Singer.
The team of Sobon and McCleary will take Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow “over the rainbow” to adventures in Munchkin Land, the Haunted Forest and Emerald City. Featuring Harold Arlen’s classic songs “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If I Only Had A Brain,” The Wizard of Oz will have the entire family captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable day at the theater. Tickets are available online at www.ithra.com, and start at only 75 riyals ($20).
Ithra is a creative and interactive public space for workshops, performances, events, exhibitions and experiences. It offers an enriching journey for everyone by championing diversity, celebrating creativity and encouraging collaboration with the objective of energizing Saudi Arabia’s knowledge economy. Ithra is Saudi Aramco’s most ambitious CSR initiative and the largest cultural contribution to the Kingdom.

 


UK Ambassador welcomes appointment of first Saudi woman as cultural attache

Updated 07 August 2020

UK Ambassador welcomes appointment of first Saudi woman as cultural attache

  • Fatani was appointed as one of the Kingdom’s first female cultural attaches
  • She holds a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Strathclyde

RIYADH: Britain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia on Thursday welcomed the appointment of Dr. Amal bint Jameel Fatani as cultural attaché to the UK.

Fatani was appointed as one of the Kingdom’s first female cultural attaches by the Saudi Minister of Education Dr.Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheik earlier this month.

Ambassador Neil Crompton tweeted Thursday: “#Congratulations to Dr Fatani @FataniAmal for her appointment as Cultural Attaché to the #UK. Delighted she is a UK alumni herself. Wishing her the very best in her new role and looking forward to strengthening the people to people links between the UK and Saudi Arabia.”

Fatani holds a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Strathclyde. She obtained her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in pharmacology and toxicology from the College of Pharmacy at King Saud University (KSU), where she is currently an associate professor.

She has previously worked at the Ministry of Higher Education and KSU, and was among the first female pharmacy graduates in the Kingdom.

After receiving her doctorate she was appointed vice chair of the pharmacology and toxicology department. She is the first female dean of the nine scientific and medical colleges, and has worked with the rector, deputies, and deans of male colleges to build a unified strategic plan for gaining accreditation, a higher global ranking, and implementing best international practices in higher education.

Saudi Arabia and the UK have an important and long-standing relationship, strengthened through the strong individual connections that Saudis enjoy with the UK through their attendance at academic institutions. Hundreds of Saudi scholarship students have graduated from top UK educational institutions.

The two countries are key strategic partners in the Kingdom’s Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, and have reaffirmed their commitment to building and developing trade and investment as well as achieving shared prosperity for their citizens.