Tanween Creativity Season launched with 232 events in Saudi Arabia

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Tanween Season is an event that honors all forms of creative industries, from art, music and theater to sciences, innovation and entrepreneurship. (SPA)
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Tanween Season is an event that honors all forms of creative industries, from art, music and theater to sciences, innovation and entrepreneurship. (SPA)
Updated 14 October 2019

Tanween Creativity Season launched with 232 events in Saudi Arabia

  • Tanween Creativity Season launched with 232 events in Saudi Arabia

DHAHRAN: The second Tanween Creativity Season organized by the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) that started on Friday will continue until Oct. 27.

This is the biggest creative celebration in the Kingdom with 232 cultural, artistic and scientific events that range from art exhibitions, theatrical performances, workshops and seminars about the concept of playing as a tool that brings together education and recreation.

Fuad Al-Therman, director of Saudi Aramco public affairs, said that Saudi Aramco is interested in creating the future and Ithra is one of the company’s initiatives for the national and global community.

He noted that Tanween Season integrates arts, sciences, technology and entrepreneurship with the participation of local and international innovators to inspire the imagination of the 100,000 participants who will become creators in the near future.

Director of Ithra Center Fatima Al-Rashid said Tanween Season is an event that honors all forms of creative industries, from art, music and theater to sciences, innovation and entrepreneurship. It addresses all these fields through a system of interactive programs, activities, lectures and shows.

The center strives to make this ambitious initiative an international destination for talented, innovative and passionate people, as well as a platform for new creative talent that makes Saudi Arabia a destination for Creative Tourism, she said.

Abdullah Al-Rashid, the head of programs at Ithra, said that this year Tanween Season will present more than 70 workshops for all levels of participants, from designers and professionals to students. The innovative concept of “play” will be presented at Tanween in a motivational and creativity-supportive environment in four categories: Play and technology, play methods, play tools and play spaces.


Saudi rail chief visits Haramain stations

Updated 14 November 2019

Saudi rail chief visits Haramain stations

  • Visit is part of project management’s plans for the Haramain station in Al-Sulaimaniyah and Jeddah airport
  • Railway inaugurated by King Salman on Sep. 24, 2018

JEDDAH: Saudi Transport Minister and Director-General of the Saudi Railway Organization (SAR), Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, visited the Haramain High-Speed Railway’s Al-Sulaimaniyah station and the King Abdul Aziz International Airport station in Jeddah on Thursday to check on preparations to resume operations at the two sites.

Al-Jasser was accompanied by Public Transport Authority Chairman Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih, SAR CEO Bashar Al-Malik and other officials.

The visit is part of project management’s plans for the Haramain station in Al-Sulaimaniyah and Jeddah airport to serve airline passengers and Jeddah residents.

The service was halted on Sept. 29, 2019 after a fire broke out at the station in Jeddah, which left 11 people injured. The blaze, which was centered in the roof of the station, lasted for 15 hours.

As the first high-speed electric train in the region, the Haramain High-Speed Railway spans over 450km, connecting five stations across Makkah, Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, King Abdullah Economic City and Madinah.

The railway was inaugurated by King Salman on Sep. 24, 2018. 

The project is in line with the objectives of the Vision 2030 reform plans, the main goal of which is to increase the number of pilgrims and visitors to the holy places. Officials described it as the biggest transportation project of its kind in the region.