Saudi Design Week brings forth creative designers from all over KSA

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The design week was the perfect place for those who express themselves through what they wear. (AN photo by Saad Al Dossary)
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The design week was the perfect place for those who express themselves through what they wear. (AN photo by Saad Al Dossary)
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The design week was the perfect place for those who express themselves through what they wear. (AN photo by Saad Al Dossary)
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The design week was the perfect place for those who express themselves through what they wear. (AN photo by Saad Al Dossary)
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The design week was the perfect place for those who express themselves through what they wear. (AN photo by Saad Al Dossary)
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The design week was the perfect place for those who express themselves through what they wear. (AN photo by Saad Al Dossary)
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The design week was the perfect place for those who express themselves through what they wear. (AN photo by Saad Al Dossary)
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The design week was the perfect place for those who express themselves through what they wear. (AN photo by Saad Al Dossary)
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The design week was the perfect place for those who express themselves through what they wear. (AN photo by Saad Al Dossary)
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The design week was the perfect place for those who express themselves through what they wear. (AN photo by Saad Al Dossary)
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The design week was the perfect place for those who express themselves through what they wear. (AN photo by Saad Al Dossary)
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The design week was the perfect place for those who express themselves through what they wear. (AN photo by Saad Al Dossary)
Updated 09 November 2019

Saudi Design Week brings forth creative designers from all over KSA

  • More than 50 exhibitors from all over the Kingdom presented a mix of interactive installations, booths that sold original products and bigger businesses that advertised their products in unusual ways

RIYADH: An old woman sat on the floor beside a pile of colorful handmade bags, weaving cloth. With her traditional attire and the products she was creating, she looked as though she had come from the distant past. However, she sat in one of the most innovative exhibitions of the Kingdom.
She was at the 6th Saudi Design Week, held at the Riyadh front, making bags, cushions, storage boxes and items that perhaps the younger generation had long forgotten.
This year’s event welcomed visitors to experience a mix of creativity, culture and personal values on the theme of “Happiness.”

Orignal products
Creative minds came together to capture what happiness was, and the results were eye-opening. More than 50 exhibitors from all over the Kingdom presented a mix of interactive installations, booths that sold original products and bigger businesses that advertised their products in unusual ways.

Exhibitions like this tell us that Saudi Arabia has so much talent in it and I am more than happy to have it showcased to the people.

Sarah Al-Ahmedi, a young designer

In addition, people from around the world flew to Riyadh to share their knowledge with attendees in the event’s workshops.
The design week was the perfect place for those who express themselves through what they wear.

Creativity of kids
The Saudi brand Rock Paper Scissors exhibited their new subscription box that was designed to trigger the creativity of kids as they try to find physical solutions to hypothetical problems.
“We believe in the power of games as a connecting tool, so we are here at Saudi Design Week where we are introducing a new subscription box ‘yajoob’, which means someone who has traveled around the world. So this will allow the kids to develop a mindset to help others,” said Rock Paper Scissors founder Rola Badkook.
Sarah Al-Ahmedi, a young designer who was among the attendees told Arab News: “This is beyond my expectations, exhibitions like this tell us that Saudi Arabia has so much talent in it and I am more than happy to have it showcased to the people around the world.”


Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

Updated 06 June 2020

Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

MADINAH: Hundreds of thousands of worshippers attended the first Friday prayers to be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah since the gatherings were suspended to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

The green light for the resumption of the prayer meetings came as part of a plan to gradually reopen the Kingdom’s mosques while ensuring worshippers and visitors adhered to preventive measures.

A ban on access to the Rawdah remained in place and only groups of worshippers numbering up to a maximum of 40 percent of the mosque’s capacity were being allowed entry.

Precautionary measures also included the allocation of specific doors for the entry of worshippers, the installation of thermal cameras, removal of all carpets so that prayers could be performed on the marble, sanitization of the mosque’s floors and courtyards, periodic opening of domes and canopies to ventilate the mosque, and the removal of Zamzam water containers.

The Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah will be closed after evening prayers and reopened one hour before dawn prayers. Parking lots will operate at 50 percent capacity and a media awareness campaign has been launched to highlight safety procedures at the holy site.

Medical teams have also been stationed at the main entrances to the mosque in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.

Elsewhere in the Kingdom, worshippers also flocked to perform Friday prayers at mosques amid strict health measures.

On May 31, Saudi authorities reopened all mosques for prayers, except in Makkah, as part of the Kingdom’s plan for a gradual return to normal life.

Last week the minister of Islamic affairs, dawah and guidance said that the country’s mosques were ready to welcome back worshippers, following his field trips to check that necessary preparations had been made.

All worshippers must still maintain a distance of 2 meters between rows, wear masks to enter a mosque, and Friday sermons and prayers have been limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.