Disabled Saudi’s food truck ready to roll at Riyadh Season

Updated 10 October 2019

Disabled Saudi’s food truck ready to roll at Riyadh Season

RIYADH: This year’s Riyadh Season program has excited the nation — and one young Saudi in particular.

Salah Al-Awaji, a disabled student who uses a wheelchair, owns a food truck that is the sole source of income for his family, his mother and his brother.

His ambition was to open for business at the Riyadh Season from Oct. 11 until Dec. 15, but he found himself thwarted at every turn. In despair, Salah recorded a video appeal and posted it online.

“I have experienced difficulties in trying to participate in Riyadh Season. I have tried contacting them and persuading them but perhaps because I’m handicapped, they believe I won’t be able to work, which is not true,” he said.

The response was swift. Turki Al-Sheikh, head of the General Entertainment Authority, posted Salah’s video on Twitter and tagged Riyadh Season organizers. “Immediately finish up his papers and take into account his ease of movement,” Al-Sheikh told them. 

“No fees will be taken from him and if he needs support, we will give it. Have I made myself clear?”

Riyadh Season quickly replied: “Consider it done.” A delighted Salah told Al-Sheikh: “Thank you for your quick interaction and support. I will make you proud in Riyadh Season. I will give a half-price discount to people with special needs.”

One of the key aims of the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan is to empower people with special needs.


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.