Arabic calligraphy in the spotlight at Saudi King’s Cup final

Arabic calligraphy in the spotlight at Saudi King’s Cup final
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Updated 28 November 2020

Arabic calligraphy in the spotlight at Saudi King’s Cup final

Arabic calligraphy in the spotlight at Saudi King’s Cup final
  • The interest is reflected in the major cultural projects that have been set up during King Salman’s reign

RIYADH: Arabic calligraphy took a starring role in the King’s Cup final on Saturday between Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr.
The players had their names written in Arabic on their shirts for the first time in the history of the tournament’s final.
The presence of Arabic calligraphy in the final was an extension of a campaign led by the Ministry of Culture, in cooperation with the Ministry of Sports, to Arabize the shirts of local club players in tournaments.
The “Year of Arabic Calligraphy” was launched by the Ministry of Culture to celebrate the art of Arabic calligraphy and enhance its presence in society, with initiatives that highlight the art and strengthen the Kingdom’s position as a patron and champion of Arabic calligraphy.
This interest in the Arabic language, its arts and aesthetics is one of the main cultural pillars that the Saudi leadership has paid attention to, especially given its links to the Kingdom’s rich heritage and cultural identity. The interest is reflected in the major cultural projects that have been set up during King Salman’s reign.
The projects are characterized by their diversity and their coverage of all creative channels, including the establishment of the Ministry of Culture and King Salman International Complex for the Arabic Language and the focus on developing books and libraries. 


Riyadh governor meets outgoing US ambassador

Riyadh governor meets outgoing US ambassador
Updated 17 January 2021

Riyadh governor meets outgoing US ambassador

Riyadh governor meets outgoing US ambassador

RIYADH: Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar of Riyadh received the US ambassador to the Kingdom on Sunday.

John Abizaid has reached the end of his term as ambassador to Saudi Arabia and had gone to the governor’s office to say farewell.

Abizaid is a fluent Arabic speaker of Lebanese-Christian descent who headed US Central Command, which covers the Middle East, during the Iraq war from shortly after the US invasion in 2003 through 2007.

He wrote his Harvard master’s thesis on Saudi Arabia, studying how the Kingdom made its decisions on defense spending. The paper won acclaim in academic circles.

Abizaid graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and later won a scholarship to study in Jordan, where he honed his Arabic.