Saudi creatives back move to standardize industry roles

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Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan. (SPA)
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Actors, stage directors, lighting specialists, and other creatives will be able to operate officially in the kingdom and obtain licenses to do so as per the new announcement from the Ministry of Culture. (SPA)
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Actors, stage directors, lighting specialists, and other creatives will be able to operate officially in the kingdom and obtain licenses to do so as per the new announcement from the Ministry of Culture. (SPA)
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Updated 19 July 2020

Saudi creatives back move to standardize industry roles

  • 80 artistic, cultural occupations won approval for registration

RIYADH: Saudi artists, actors, filmmakers and other creatives are celebrating another victory as the industry continues to move forward with unprecedented government support.

Eighty professions across a range of cultural sectors have won approval for registration under the Unified Saudi Occupational Classification, Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced.
The move follows a Ministry of Culture proposal to the Council of Ministers to allow registration of 400 professions.
Saudis will be to register for jobs in the professions and obtain official licenses following the decision. The announcement also highlights the ministry’s support for arts and culture, a role it has undertaken since its initiation in March 2019.
The minister took to Twitter to announce the decision and his hopes for the future, as well as to thank the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development for its contributions.
“Work continues with our partners in the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development to include cultural sector professions to reach a total of almost 400 professions, with even better things to come,” he said.

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The first stage of the operation has resulted in the inclusion of more than 80 professions, including artistic and cultural occupations, such as theater producer, film director, lighting designer, document and manuscript restoration specialist, exhibition designer, textile designer and curator.

According to SPA, these occupations were added after research into the state of the Saudi cultural industry.
The first stage of the operation has resulted in the inclusion of more than 80 professions, including artistic and cultural occupations, such as theater producer, film director, lighting designer, document and manuscript restoration specialist, exhibition designer, textile designer and curator.
Cultural sectors outlined by the ministry include heritage, language, books and publishing, libraries, fashion arts, theater and performing arts, culinary arts, films, museums, visual arts, festivals and cultural events, architecture and design as well as careers in educational development for the cultural sector and media design.
This decision marks the first time in the history of the Kingdom that Saudi artists can obtain official professional status, which the ministry hopes will increase the pace of cultural production and boost opportunities for professionals.
Saudi creatives and artists welcomed the decision, with many expressing optimism about the future of creative industries following the decision.
Aseil Bafarat, a Jeddah-based filmmaker and CEO of the Fax Machine Co., said that for many Saudis it could be a long-awaited opportunity to find more work and support in the creative field.
“It is a great step forward to acknowledge the cultural importance of the creative fields. Hopefully now these creatives understand the extent of their expression as a part of this newfound Saudi identity,” he said. “So many people deserve exposure,” he said.


Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

KSRelief aircraft contains medical supplies, ventilators and other relief goods for blast victims. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 09 August 2020

Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

  • KSRelief teams are also active in treating blast victims

RIYADH: A third King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) plane loaded with aid arrived in Beirut on Saturday as part of a relief air bridge that was set up to help the people in wake of the Beirut blasts.

The air bridge was established on the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to Lebanon.
KSRelief Adviser Dr. Ali bin Hamed Al-Ghamdi said the third plane is loaded with ventilators, hospital and medical equipment, as well as various medicines and disinfectants. It also contains food, tents, mattresses, blankets and cooking supplies.
So far, 200 tons of aid from the Kingdom have been flown to Lebanon with specialized teams to follow up and supervise the distribution operations.
KSRelief teams are also active in Lebanon in treating victims of the blast.
Earlier, two Saudi aircraft carrying more than 120 tons of medicines, equipment, and emergency supplies were dispatched to Beirut.
KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said in a statement that the assistance highlights the pivotal role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in providing humanitarian assistance to all people in need around the world with complete impartiality.

The Saudi aid will help alleviate the sufferings of Lebanese people.

Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, Chief of the High Relief, Commission in Lebanon

The twin blasts devastated large areas of the Lebanese capital and destroyed vital infrastructure, including grain storage silos and port facilities.
Lebanon, already reeling from an economic and currency collapse, now faces the threat of food shortages and a major hit to exports and imports.
Countries around the world have rushed to help Lebanon in the wake of the port explosion on Aug. 4.
The secretary-general of the High Relief Commission in Lebanon, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, thanked the Kingdom for the urgent humanitarian aid provided through KSRelief.
In a press statement, he praised the historical relations between the two countries, noting the Saudi aid will help alleviate the suffering of Lebanese people.
Residents in the Kingdom can also help Lebanon by making donations through KSRelief’s website.