Saudi Culture Ministry honors artists at sculpture symposium

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Saudi Ministry of Culture concluded on Thursday the second Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi Ministry of Culture concluded on Thursday the second Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi Ministry of Culture concluded on Thursday the second Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Updated 30 January 2020

Saudi Culture Ministry honors artists at sculpture symposium

  • Twenty artists from around the world participated in the symposium

DIRIYAH: The Ministry of Culture concluded on Thursday the second Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium with a celebration in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter to honor participating artists.

Hamed bin Mohammed Fayez, the deputy minister of culture, honored Saudi artist Ali Al-Tokhais in recognition of his efforts in serving sculpture for 40 years.

The celebration also honored international artists who participated in the symposium and made innovative sculptures for twenty days, from Jan. 10 to 30.

Fayez said that the ministry is driven to provide platforms that celebrate sculpting, describing it as one of the beautiful art forms.

He thanked the international artists who participated in the symposium and made “sculptures that will be concrete evidence of their innovation, and remain permanent evidence in the Kingdom to reflect the extent of the development of civilization in Saudi culture, in line with Saudi vision 2030, which gave culture and arts a space to shine and thrive.”

Twenty artists from around the world participated in the symposium and made their sculptures in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter.


Saudi air defense forces intercept Houthi ballistic missiles 

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Saudi air defense forces intercept Houthi ballistic missiles 

RIYADH: Saudi air defense forces shot down ballistic missiles launched by the Iran-backed Houthi "terrorists"  towards civilian areas in the Kingdom, the Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said on Friday.

The missiles were intercepted at 12:30 a.m. after they were launched toward cities in Saudi Arabia, Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Malki said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). 

"The missiles were launched in a systematic, deliberate manner to target cities and civilians, which is a flagrant defiance of the International Humanitarian Law," the statement said.

It did not mentioned which cities were targeted. 

Yemen's capital, Sanaa "has become a Houthi militia assembly, installation and launching hub for ballistic missiles that target the Kingdom. The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition has exercised extreme prudence and self-restraint in dealing with the violations of the Houthi militia through launching ballistic missiles, UAVs and Remote Controlled exploding boats.

"The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition will continue to apply and implement all decisive and rigorous measures, in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law, to protect Coalition States’ nationals and expatriates from such barbaric attacks,” the statement said.