First Saudi woman to singlehandedly nab a Guinness World Record revealed

 First Saudi woman to singlehandedly nab a Guinness World Record revealed
Artist Ohud Abdullah Almalki has become the first Saudi woman to achieve a Guinness World Record title singlehandedly with her coffee painting. (Supplied)
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Updated 18 October 2020

First Saudi woman to singlehandedly nab a Guinness World Record revealed

 First Saudi woman to singlehandedly nab a Guinness World Record revealed

DUBAI: Artist Ohud Abdullah Almalki has become the first Saudi woman to achieve a Guinness World Record title singlehandedly with her impressive feat — the largest coffee painting in the world using expired granules, illustrating seven leading figures of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

This painting is called Naseej 1, and it is spread over 220.968 square meters, 15.84 meters long, and 13.95 meters wide. It is made out of seven connected cotton cloths.

Almalki used approximately 4.5 kg of expired coffee powder and painted all the figures in hues of brown, mixing the coffee powder with water. The edges are done in the “Sadu” style that is a traditional Bedouin decoration style.

“It took me 45 days of continuous work to complete, under the watchful eyes of two witnesses, video recording and drone footage,” Almalki said, according to a press release. “My aim is to remind the world of the centuries-old entente between the two nations.”

The impressive painting features the late King Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman and the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, as well as King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.

“This tremendous feat would have been impossible without the support of the people around me. I wish this will contribute to empowering the women in Saudi Arabia and beyond,” the artist added.


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  • New fashion incubation program aims to identify and promote unique Saudi design talent

JEDDAH:  The next Coco Chanel or Gianni Versace could be Saudi — and the hunt is on to find them.

A fashion incubation program launched by the Ministry of Culture aims to uncover and promote local designers and entrepreneurs.

It begins with a three-day “fashion hackathon” in which participants will be asked to solve specific fashion-related challenges. The prize is a five-day trip to Milan Fashion Week.

The second phase is a “boot camp” — a five-day virtual event focused on fashion and entrepreneurship that will help participants to develop their ideas, network, and receive advice from professionals.

The third phase is a longer-term incubator providing participants with the guidance and support necessary to “establish foundations and help them strengthen their product,” the ministry said.

Established Saudi designers have welcomed the program.

“Challenges arise in every field but for designers, one of the biggest challenges is networking, understanding how to become trendsetters instead of followers,” said Abou Al-Faraj, who launched her own fashion venture 15 years ago and is known for her unique and distinct vest designs.

Without the proper knowledge and guidance, up-and-coming designers tended to lose their way, she said.

“The Saudi market is open and loves to adopt new styles and trends, and the people are ready. My advice to new designers is to do what they are satisfied with and not do something just because it’s successful for the sake of success in the market. Being unique and tapping into their artistic side is what they need to focus on to go far.”