ThePlace: Al-Sawda Park in Abha, most popular destinations in Saudi Arabia

Photo/Saudi Tourism
Updated 21 September 2019

ThePlace: Al-Sawda Park in Abha, most popular destinations in Saudi Arabia

  • The park is around 2,800 meters above sea level at Al-Sawda Mountain

Al-Sawda Park, 25 km west of Abha, is one of the most popular destinations in the south of the Kingdom, celebrated for its green and mountainous landscape, wildlife and beauty. The park is around 2,800 meters above sea level at Al-Sawda Mountain which is one of the highest peaks in Saudi Arabia. This photograph was taken by Sami Al-Tukhis as part of the Colors of Saudi competition.


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.