King Abdul Aziz University ready to host 5th Gulf Theater Festival

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The festival will run until Feb. 6 at the King Faisal Conference Center, with the participation of 12 GCC universities. (SPA)
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The festival will run until Feb. 6 at the King Faisal Conference Center, with the participation of 12 GCC universities. (SPA)
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Updated 01 February 2020

King Abdul Aziz University ready to host 5th Gulf Theater Festival

  • KAU has allocated five theaters to host the opening ceremony, events, shows and rehearsals for the activities of the theater festival

JEDDAH: King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) has finished its preparations to host the 5th Gulf Theater Festival for universities and higher education institutions in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries on Sunday.
The festival will run until Feb. 6 at the King Faisal Conference Center, with the participation of 12 GCC universities.
The event will be held under the patronage of the minister of education, Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh, and in collaboration with the GCC General Secretariat.
KAU has allocated five theaters to host the opening ceremony, events, shows and rehearsals for the activities of the theater festival. The theaters’ capacity exceeds 4,000 seats. The closing and awards distribution ceremony will be on Feb. 7.
The head of the organizing committee for the fifth Gulf Theater Festival and dean of student affairs, Dr. Masoud Al-Qahtani, said: “KAU started early preparations for the festival, where organizing committees were formed that are responsible for implementing several tasks, such as welcoming the delegations, providing transportation, housing, nutrition, theater management, support and assistance during shows and events, and supervising the inauguration and closing ceremonies.” 


Saudi photographer reveals unfamiliar tourist sites in the south of the Kingdom

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Saudi photographer reveals unfamiliar tourist sites in the south of the Kingdom

  • Hassan Haroobi calls for investing in photography to develop visual culture

MAKKAH: Hassan Haroobi began taking photographs in 2013, having had a “passion for photography” since his childhood.

“I got my first camera in 2013 and the regions which I took photos of reflect the beauty of the southern region of our beloved Kingdom, especially in the Harub province in eastern Jazan, 110 kilometers away from the city,” he told Arab News.

He has taken many distinguished photos since starting out, including one of a giant moon, and the famous photo of the student that lately circulated on social media. “Nature is a divine beauty that encourages creativity and photography,” he sphaid.

Any person who loves photography seeks to capture everlasting photos to show nature to the whole world, be it plants, animals, seas, soil, water, or air, he said.

“This is why nature is like a treasure granted by God for humans to benefit, and nature is our source of living,” said Haroobi.

He added: “It is from nature that people get natural resources to procure all their needs. It is from nature that they take materials they use in their daily life. This is why life is like a big store for whatever the human needs to live, starting from his food, and ending with things that he produces and uses. The human is an important part of nature and is an extension to it.”

The first thing a photographer needs to think of before going out to take pictures is “what is the best moment to take an extraordinary picture?” he said.

“This is something that some people consider trivial, for we can take photos anytime we want. Yes, this does not contradict reality; however everything has its suitable moments so that it would be done in the best way,” he added.

He noted that photography was a widespread art. Professional photographers, or those aiming to become one, should be organized in everything they do, he said, from planning the location, preparing the camera, and ensuring enough and suitable equipment for every photo session.

As for the best time to take photos, Haroobi said the “golden hour” before sunrise or sunset is perfect, especially with for portraits and landscapes with smooth, easily controlled light.

Photography in Saudi Arabia has become available to everyone through modern mobile devices, and anybody can become a professional photographer, he said.

“Photography does not depend on the type of camera; it primarily depends on the vision and perception of the photographer on how he takes the picture, what he will focus on, and how he will shed light on a certain part while discarding other less important parts,” he said.

He pointed out that taking into consideration the basic conditions of photography rather than the camera itself would turn a picture from an ordinary one to a professional one.

“Although using a professional camera would render the photo more brilliant and professional, it would not alone produce the beauty, for it could give worse results than the mobile if the user ignores photography techniques,” said Haroobi. “Because mobiles and simple cameras are designed to make autocorrections, and it is exactly like in painting where skills lie in the painter and not the pen.”

He advised photographers of both genders not to go out and take pictures during rainy days and storms, especially in mountains, for the southern regions of the Kingdom witness difficult and possibly dangerous conditions.

The photographer also called on increasing investment in the art of photography by organizing competitions for the most beautiful pictures.