Ministry of Culture launches ‘Year of Arabic Calligraphy’ initiative

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture launched an Arabic Calligraphy 2020 platform, which will provide individuals and institutions with a chance to present work for an Arabic calligraphy initiative. (Ministry of Culture)
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Updated 16 January 2020

Ministry of Culture launches ‘Year of Arabic Calligraphy’ initiative

  • Aims to highlight one of the main components of Arab culture
  • The platform started accepting entries on Jan. 15

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture launched an Arabic Calligraphy 2020 platform, which will provide individuals and institutions with a chance to present work for an Arabic calligraphy initiative.

The Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced that 2020 would be designated as the “Year of Arabic Calligraphy.”

During the initiative, the Ministry will provide the desired support (whether is total or partial, logistical or media support) for participation via the electronic platform.

It aims to highlight one of the main components of Arab culture and enrich an ancient art with events and activities that for all to participate in, according to the ministry.

The platform started accepting entries on Jan. 15 and will continue to do so until February 15, after which a committee will select the best entries upon the terms and conditions, while the Ministry will announce the nomination results on March 15.

More information can be found through this link.


UK Ambassador welcomes appointment of first Saudi woman as cultural attache

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UK Ambassador welcomes appointment of first Saudi woman as cultural attache

  • Fatani was appointed as one of the Kingdom’s first female cultural attaches
  • She holds a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Strathclyde

RIYADH: Britain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia on Thursday welcomed the appointment of Dr. Amal bint Jameel Fatani as cultural attaché to the UK.

Fatani was appointed as one of the Kingdom’s first female cultural attaches by the Saudi Minister of Education Dr.Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheik earlier this month.

Ambassador Neil Crompton tweeted Thursday: “#Congratulations to Dr Fatani @FataniAmal for her appointment as Cultural Attaché to the #UK. Delighted she is a UK alumni herself. Wishing her the very best in her new role and looking forward to strengthening the people to people links between the UK and Saudi Arabia.”

Fatani holds a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Strathclyde. She obtained her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in pharmacology and toxicology from the College of Pharmacy at King Saud University (KSU), where she is currently an associate professor.

She has previously worked at the Ministry of Higher Education and KSU, and was among the first female pharmacy graduates in the Kingdom.

After receiving her doctorate she was appointed vice chair of the pharmacology and toxicology department. She is the first female dean of the nine scientific and medical colleges, and has worked with the rector, deputies, and deans of male colleges to build a unified strategic plan for gaining accreditation, a higher global ranking, and implementing best international practices in higher education.

Saudi Arabia and the UK have an important and long-standing relationship, strengthened through the strong individual connections that Saudis enjoy with the UK through their attendance at academic institutions. Hundreds of Saudi scholarship students have graduated from top UK educational institutions.

The two countries are key strategic partners in the Kingdom’s Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, and have reaffirmed their commitment to building and developing trade and investment as well as achieving shared prosperity for their citizens.