15 artists and a 33-meter long mural add to Makkah’s multicultural beauty

Over more than 14 days, 15 Saudi painters put in more than 70 hours of work to complete a 33-meter long mural. (Supplied)
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Over more than 14 days, 15 Saudi painters put in more than 70 hours of work to complete a 33-meter long mural. (Supplied)
Over more than 14 days, 15 Saudi painters put in more than 70 hours of work to complete a 33-meter long mural. (Supplied)
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Over more than 14 days, 15 Saudi painters put in more than 70 hours of work to complete a 33-meter long mural. (Supplied)
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Updated 09 February 2021

15 artists and a 33-meter long mural add to Makkah’s multicultural beauty

15 artists and a 33-meter long mural add to Makkah’s multicultural beauty

JEDDAH: A community of artists came together to add more art to the multicultural city of Makkah in the form of a 33-meter long mural.

The mural was organized through community participation with Vision Pioneers Group in cooperation with Thawan Specialized Contracting, aiming to add an aesthetic touch to Al-Awali bridge, connecting Makkah to Taif Al-Hada.

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Over more than 14 days, 15 Saudi painters put in more than 70 hours of work. The mural was designed using modern Arabic calligraphy art: Sunbuli calligraphy was created in the early 1900s by Turkish calligrapher Arif Hikmat and is derived from the Diwani style of calligraphy. The Diwani script was once used by emperors of the Ottoman Empire, its letters having a smooth and harmonious flow. Sunbuli makes minor changes to give its letters strong pointed edges.

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The mural was designed using modern Arabic calligraphy art: Sunbuli calligraphy was created in the early 1900s by Turkish calligrapher Arif Hikmat and is derived from the Diwani style of calligraphy. The Diwani script was once used by emperors of the Ottoman Empire, its letters having a smooth and harmonious flow. Sunbuli makes minor changes to give its letters strong pointed edges.

The initiative aims to embellish the region’s landscape, decorate its roads and bridges and revive purposeful art and paintings in public places.

Mousa bin Suleiman Al-Sohbi, head of the beautification and humanization management in Makkah municipality, said the initiative came from the mayor of Makkah, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Quwaihes, and the follow-up of the undersecretary for construction and maintenance, Eng. Zuhair bin Abdulrahman Saqat, and director of gardens and beautification, Eng. Hani bin Hashem Nasiri.

Vision Pioneers Group Chairman Rayyan bin Wasfi Maqlan said the voluntary initiative aimed to artistically improve the urban scene in the holy city with the help of young Saudis. “The initiative also aimed to shed light on the talents of the young participants and encourage their sense of social responsibility,” he added.


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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah,
Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.
During the call, Mohammed bin Salman reassured Sheikh Meshaal of his health, and the Kuwaiti crown prince “wished him continued health and wellness.”
Mohammed bin Salman thanked Sheikh Meshaal for his sincere sentiments.


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Updated 28 February 2021

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The Royal Saudi Air Force and the US Air Force began the Dragon joint training exercise in western Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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LONDON: The Royal Saudi Air Force and the US Air Force on Sunday began a joint training exercise in the west of the Kingdom, the Ministry of Defense said.
The “Dragon” exercise focuses on tactical interception training, combat training, counterattack, and suppressing enemy air defenses.
It is considered a continuation of joint cooperation between both air forces to maintain regional security and stability, the ministry said, adding: “The exercise also contributes to achieving compatibility and operational integration.”


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Updated 28 February 2021

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Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minster Prince Faisal bin Farhan held a meeting with his Malian counterpart Zeini Moulaye, and his accompanying delegation, in Riyadh on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. (SPA)
  • Both sides exchanged views on regional and international issues
  • Prince Faisal bin Farhan awarded Moulaye with the Order of King Abdul Aziz

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met Mali’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Zeini Moulaye and his accompanying delegation in Riyadh on Sunday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
They discussed bilateral relations and ways to strengthen them for the benefit of joint interests. 
Both sides also exchanged opinions and views on regional and international issues of common interest.
Prince Faisal presented the Order of King Abdul Aziz with Distinguished First Class to Moulaye, in recognition of his efforts to strengthen relations between the two countries.
The reception was attended by the Saudi assistant minister of state for African affairs, Dr. Sami Abdullah Al-Saleh, and the Kingdom’s ambassador to Mali, Khaled bin Mabrouk Al-Khaled.
Also on Sunday, the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance and Mali’s Ministry of Religious Affairs and Worship signed a memorandum of understanding.
It was signed by the Saudi minister of Islamic affairs, dawah and guidance, Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, and Moulaye.
Al-Asheikh said the agreement aimed to communicate with Muslims around the globe, and tender much-needed help and support, especially with regards to understanding Islamic teachings, and tolerance based on moderation and balance.
He noted the Kingdom’s keenness to strengthen joint cooperation with all countries to deepen the value of moderation.
Moulaye praised the Kingdom’s efforts to help people without discrimination as this approach raised the banner of Islam, and the mission of peace and security, all over the world.
He said the agreement would strengthen joint action for the benefit of the two countries.


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Pakistan PM’s special adviser denies findings of US intelligence report on Khashoggi
Updated 28 February 2021

Pakistan PM’s special adviser denies findings of US intelligence report on Khashoggi

Pakistan PM’s special adviser denies findings of US intelligence report on Khashoggi
  • Pakistan in “solidarity” with Saudi Arabia to bring Khashoggi killers to justice
  • Kingdom took all measures to convict people responsible for the crime, Foreign Office says

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special adviser on religious harmony and the Middle East has denied the findings of a US intelligence report containing an “assessment” of the Jamal Khashoggi murder case, calling it “baseless.”
Saudi journalist Khashoggi was murdered in October 2018 at the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, where he had gone to complete paperwork related to his divorce.
“The Saudi government fulfilled the requirements of justice, and propaganda against the Kingdom’s leadership is baseless,” Tahir Ashrafi, chairman of the Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC), said during a convention in Lahore on Saturday.
He expressed solidarity with the Kingdom, adding that ties between the two countries “are strong and permanent, and nothing can dent the relationship.
“There has been a negative campaign against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman since day one, but he laid down the foundations for polices of moderation in Saudi Arabia, and his Vision 2030 is for the development of the Kingdom and the entire Arab World,” Ashrafi said.
The Foreign Office of Pakistan on Saturday also expressed solidarity with Saudi Arabia after the release of the report, saying that Islamabad recognized the Kingdom’s efforts to bring Khashoggi’s killers to justice.
In an official statement issued in Islamabad, the Foreign Office noted that the Saudi authorities had described the killing as an “abhorrent crime” and a “flagrant violation” of the Kingdom’s laws and values.
“The Saudi government has further underlined that it took all possible measures within its legal system to ensure that the individuals responsible were properly investigated, convicted and sentenced, and that justice was served,” the statement continued.
“Pakistan underscores adherence to the rule of law, respect for national sovereignty, and protection and promotion of human rights by all states, in accordance with their respective constitutional frameworks and international obligations,” it added.
Saudi Arabia has already rebuffed the contents of the report, saying that it “completely rejects the negative, false and unacceptable assessment in the report pertaining to the Kingdom’s leadership, and notes that the report contained inaccurate information and conclusions.”
The Saudi Foreign Affairs Ministry noted that people responsible for the killing had been convicted and sentenced in Saudi courts, and that “these sentences were welcomed by the family of Jamal Khashoggi.”


Saudi Arabia announces 6 more COVID-19 deaths

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Updated 28 February 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 6 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 6 more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 368,305
  • A total of 6,494 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced six deaths from COVID-19 and 322 new infections on Sunday.
Of the new cases, 167 were recorded in Riyadh, 66 in the Eastern Province, 37 in Makkah, eight in Asir, eight in Najran, five in Madinah, five in Jazan and four in Hail.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 368,305 after 294 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 6,494 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

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