Environment conference in Yanbu to discuss sustainability in cities

In this picture from the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu's website, the King Fahd Cultural Center's conference room is shown being prepared for the 8th Urban Environment Conference and Exhibition 2019. (Courtesy of rcjy.gov.sa)
Updated 25 November 2019

Environment conference in Yanbu to discuss sustainability in cities

YANBU: The eighth Urban Environment Conference and Exhibition 2019 opens on Monday under the theme of The Green Economy and Economic, Environmental and Social Development to Promote Sustainability in Cities.

The two-day conference is taking place under the sponsorship of Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Saadan, chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu.

The event is being held at King Fahd Cultural Center in Yanbu Al-Sinaiyah, in partnership with the Environmental Center for Arab Towns (ECAT) and with the support of the Dubai Municipality and Arab Towns Organization.

Leading scientists, experts, city mayors and representatives of private sector institutions are participating in the conference, as well as consultants, academics, non-governmental organizations, entrepreneurs and members of the public with an interest in a green economy.

An accompanying exhibition is presenting displays from a number of companies and institutions specialized in the green economy and environmental services.



Swarm of drones to light up AlUla’s skies as part of aerial art display

Updated 28 February 2020

Swarm of drones to light up AlUla’s skies as part of aerial art display

  • International artwork explores links between nature, technology and humanity at Saudi festival

ALULA: A swarm of drones will light up the skies over AlUla during a spectacular international artistic display as part of the Winter at Tantora festival.

The aerial presentation by Franchise Freedom, a performance arts initiative created by Studio Drift, explores the relationship between humanity, nature and technology.

Formed from an autonomously flying swarm of hundreds of drones, based on research into the flight behavior of starlings, the work aims to question the concept of freedom and social construct.

Underlining the harmony between humans and their surroundings, the artistic display, which runs until Feb. 28, uses the sky as its canvas to poetically illustrate how an individual can remain free, while operating within the safety of a community.

Through a variety of international events, the Winter at Tantora festival, organized by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), seeks to highlight culture and heritage.

Noura Al-Dabal, the RCU’s culture and arts manager, said: “Winter at Tantora strives to keep pace with the evolution of humanity and the mix between the arts and technical development that the world has seen today, while preserving the heritage of AlUla.

“Franchise Freedom is a living embodiment of this goal and we are proud to host this distinguished international artwork in AlUla.”

Over the course of 12 weeks, the festival will present a variety of activities merging Eastern and Western cultures, embodying AlUla’s heritage as a meeting point for different civilizations from around the world throughout history.

The festival takes place every weekend until March 7.