Art is a major contributor to Saudi National Day

Painter Farah Al-Ghanmi and other artists under the umbrella of Arbab Al-Heraf are grateful to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for opening the door of opportunities for talented individuals. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 24 September 2019

Art is a major contributor to Saudi National Day

  • “Saudi Vision 2030 touched the souls of the youth, and their happiness reflects the effects of all the changes that occurred,” Abdullah Al-Hodaif added

JEDDAH: Art is a method of self-expression, and through the social reforms led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, more and more artists are surfacing. These artists have paid great tribute to King Salman and his crown prince for allowing them the opportunity to express themselves fully.
Arbab Al-Heraf, a popular platform for artists in all fields, hosted its third annual Saudi National Day event at the Hilton Hotel on Monday.
Musicians, singers, painters and artists of all sorts, showed that the Kingdom is full of talent.
Arbab Al-Heraf’s founder Abdullah Al-Hodaif said this year’s national day celebrations have been very special.
 “We have witnessed that all sectors and divisions, private or governmental, are celebrating. I noticed people are celebrating national day in their houses. I believe this is because of the changes that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman brought to the youth,” he told Arab News.
“Saudi Vision 2030 touched the souls of the youth, and their happiness reflects the effects of all the changes that occurred,” he added.
He said that the changes that occurred in the Kingdom have helped Arbab Al-Heraf’s artwork attain a broader reach.
“Before the changes, we were very cautious about presenting anything that might conflict with the Kingdom’s vision, but now, it seems the Kingdom’s vision has been created for what we want to present. It supports better quality life, opening up to the world, forgiveness, and we at Arbab Al-Heraf present these values. Our country is very productive and artistic, and our people are intelligent.”
19-year-old foundation student and painter at Arbab Al-Heraf Farah Al-Ghanmni said art is a sincere expression of national pride.
“Art is a means to express many emotions, and for this occasion, love and loyalty for the country. It’s a silent expression, colors speak for these emotions.”
She said:  “Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman granted artists many opportunities to participate in events, and painting has contributed greatly through the General Entertainment Authority.”
22-year-old radiology student and singer Sara Al-Sibaee said concert performances encouraged talents to express themselves.
 “Through allowing concerts, it encouraged many talents to surface. Aspiring singers used to think they had to travel to Lebanon or Dubai to be heard. Now, there are many talents with beautiful voices. I used to think the same myself when I was younger. Now the door is open and there are many opportunities,” she told Arab News.
Art contributes greatly to Saudi National Day celebrations, said Al-Sibaee “whether through poetry, music, painting and other forms of art. Music and lyrics immediately reach people, and this is good for the country.”


Minister of Justice approves new bankruptcy case rules

Updated 45 min 42 sec ago

Minister of Justice approves new bankruptcy case rules

  • Justice Minister and President of the Supreme Judicial Council Dr. Walid bin Mohammed Al-Samaani has approved new rules regulating bankruptcy cases’ procedures in commercial courts

RIYADH: Justice Minister and President of the Supreme Judicial Council Dr. Walid bin Mohammed Al-Samaani has approved new rules regulating bankruptcy cases’ procedures in commercial courts.

These regulations were issued after an agreement with the Supreme Judicial Council, giving effect to provisions of paragraph III of article 97 from the executive rules of the bankruptcy system.

They were developed after a survey of the requirements of those cases’ procedures in commercial courts, exploring competent and relevant authorities’ perspectives, and benefiting from the most notable international experience.

They include 24 articles regulating the procedures for reviewing requests under the bankruptcy system and its executive rules in commercial courts. The provisions of rules included: procedures related to jurisdiction and judicial processes in bankruptcy applications, duties of the unit specialized in managing bankruptcy cases in court, procedures for submitting requests and records, suspension of demands, precautionary applications, the inspection of the application and adjudication and the mechanism for issuing rules and decisions and challenging them.

Some of the most important rules which will be enacted after being published in the official gazette are: charting the course of bankruptcy cases from presenting the application until adjudicating it, and determining the case’s timeframe while taking into account the nature of bankruptcy cases. The rules also included activating the role of the administrative unit specializing in bankruptcy cases, and benefiting from modern electronic means in processing those cases, in support of the speedy completion of bankruptcy cases and the improvement of procedural labor in commercial courts which will lead to increased efficiency in bankruptcy cases.

They are expected to have an important effect in the Kingdom’s future classification for resolving bankruptcy cases in the World Bank's annual Doing Business report.