KSA library exhibits documents on Saudi-Russian ties

The collection includes letters exchanged between Soviet leader Stalin and King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud (right) when he was minister of foreign affairs during the reign of his father. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 15 October 2019

KSA library exhibits documents on Saudi-Russian ties

  • The library is one of the most important institutions in the Arab world interested in collecting and documenting intellectual publications related to the history of King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and the Kingdom

RIYADH: In conjunction with the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Saudi Arabia, the King Abdul Aziz Public Library exhibited several of its publications, most importantly a book titled “Saudi-Soviet Relations 1926-1938,” which contains 30 documents from Soviet archives dealing with the founding of the Kingdom by King Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al-Saud and relations between Moscow and Riyadh.
The documents, preserved in the Russian State Library and Moscow Historical Library, provide in-depth information on Saudi-Russian relations including correspondence, letters and telegrams, the document recognizing the establishment of the Kingdom and reports on politics and trade.
The collection also includes letters exchanged between Soviet leader Stalin and King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud when he was minister of foreign affairs during the reign of his father.
Russian Prince Alexis Scherbatow’s book on purebred Arabian horses — which covers efforts to restore their importance in the region — was also displayed.
The library is one of the most important institutions in the Arab world interested in collecting and documenting intellectual publications related to the history of King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and the Kingdom.


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.