Work begins on project to document all aspects of Saudi art and culture across the Kingdom

The plan will document all aspects of Saudi culture across Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Updated 26 February 2020

Work begins on project to document all aspects of Saudi art and culture across the Kingdom

  • The project is believed to be the first of its kind in the Kingdom in terms of exhaustiveness and diversity

RIYADH: Work has started on an ambitious initiative to document all aspects of Saudi culture across the Kingdom’s 13 regions. With its “13/16” project, the Ministry of Culture aims to highlight the nation’s cultural diversity and rich heritage by constructing a record of all forms of local art and culture.

The project, which includes the establishment of a visual library of cultural activity recorded in photographs and videos, is believed to be the first of its kind in the Kingdom in terms of exhaustiveness and diversity.

Teams of researchers familiar with 16 identified aspects of Saudi culture will visit all 13 regions — hence the name of the project — to photograph and film artists and creators and their work. The art forms and cultural activities in each distinct society that will be documented include theater, music, film, performing arts, literature, visual arts, architectural design, heritage and language.

The ministry has drawn up a year-long research plan covering all Saudi regions. It will begin in Riyadh region and end in the Eastern Province, passing through Jizan, Makkah, Al-Jawf, the Northern Borders, Qassim, Hail, Asir, Al-Baha, Najran and Madinah along the way.
 


Saudi Arabia’s private sector employees to return to their offices

Updated 27 May 2020

Saudi Arabia’s private sector employees to return to their offices

  • All private sector entities must prepare work spaces so they are in line with Ministry of Health guidelines
  • Saudi Arabia announced 14 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,815 new cases of the disease on Wednesday

RIYADH: Private sector employees will be able to start working from their offices soon, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development said on Wednesday.
The ministry added that all private sector entities must prepare work spaces so that they are in line with Ministry of Health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Kingdom is easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions from Thursday and there will be a three-phase return to normality.
Saudi Arabia announced 14 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,815 new cases of the disease on Wednesday.