ThePlace: Antarah’s rock, located in KSA’s Uyun Al-Jiwa governorate

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Updated 14 November 2020

ThePlace: Antarah’s rock, located in KSA’s Uyun Al-Jiwa governorate

  • “The Poem of Antar,” in which he mentions Uyun Al-Jiwa as the place where Ablah lived

Known locally as Sakhrat Antarah (Antarah’s rock), the precariously perched boulder in Uyun Al-Jiwa governorate is rumored to be the place where knight, adventurer, and celebrated poet Antarah bin Shaddad met with his sweetheart Ablah. It is also known as the Lover’s Rock.
Situated northwest of Qassim, the site was settled by the Abs tribe that Shaddad originated from. One of the region’s oldest and most famous tribes, it was known for its trading prowess and hardworking, honest, loyal people.
Although only 30 kilometers from Buraidah, the people of Uyun Al-Jiwa share a different dialect from those in Qassim.
Uyun Al-Jiwa is locally referred to as the “oasis celebrated by Arab poets” in reference to its historical significance in several poetry collections known as the “suspended odes” or Mu’allaqat.
Shaddad, whose name still carries resonance through school curriculums and storytellers, often wrote about his love, Ablah. In one of his most famous pieces, “The Poem of Antar,” in which he mentions Uyun Al-Jiwa as the place where Ablah lived, he said: “Oh house of Ablah situated at Jiwa, talk with me about those who resided in you. Good morning to you, O house of Ablah, and be safe from ruin.”
The rock has for years acted as a monument for Saudis and visitors from Arab countries to the popular romantic tale. The former Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), now the Ministry of Tourism, gave it a new look and helped restore it in 2019.
A specialized team from SCTH used the latest technology to preserve inscriptions on the rock and clean it.


Aramco partners with global STEM education contest F1 in Schools

Updated 25 November 2020

Aramco partners with global STEM education contest F1 in Schools

  • The F1 in School World Finals will instead take place from March 12 to 19
  • The competition challenges students to design and manufacture a miniature car

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Aramco has announced a long-term partnership with global education challenge F1 in Schools, which will be held in Melbourne next year.
The global science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competition challenges students to design and manufacture a miniature car.
Originally set to happen in September this year, The F1 in School World Finals will instead take place from March 12 to 19, coinciding with the F1 Australian Grand Prix.
The partnership, according to an Aramco official, reflects the company’s belief in investing in young people who are into STEM.
“This partnership is another example of Aramco’s engagement to developing young people for STEM careers. From building technology-based classrooms to conducting STEM summer camps, we’re focused on accelerating human potential through the next generation of young talent – equipping them with the tools they need to turn their ideas into reality,” Aramco Vice President of Corporate Affairs Nabil Nuaim said.
Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools Andre Denford lauded Aramco’s decision to sponsor the event, participated in by “future F1 engineers.”
“Introducing our students to a leader in the fuel and energy sector, with ambitions that fit well with our Challenge, will offer huge learning and career opportunities. We look forward to introducing Aramco to our F1 in Schools global community at our World Finals in Melbourne,” he said.