Ithra and Saudia launch art design competition

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The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) and national carrier Saudia have launched an art design competition, with the winning entry to adorn one of Saudia’s aircraft. (Supplied)
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The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) and national carrier Saudia have launched an art design competition, with the winning entry to adorn one of Saudia’s aircraft. (Supplied)
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Updated 09 June 2022

Ithra and Saudia launch art design competition

Ithra and Saudia launch art design competition
  • The competition is part of Ithra and Saudia's efforts to support local art talent and provide global platforms for people to show off their creativity and skill

JEDDAH: The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) and national carrier Saudia have launched an art design competition, with the winning entry to adorn one of Saudia’s aircraft.

The competition is part of Ithra and Saudia's efforts to support local art talent and provide global platforms for people to show off their creativity and skill. The competition runs from June 6 until July 23.

Ithra said the winner would be announced in August.

Entrants are encouraged to draw inspiration from the center’s slogan “Inspire Your World” when creating their designs.

A jury panel of Saudi experts and creatives will assess all the submitted works. 

The competition judging committee comprises Ammar Alabdali, the general manager of the airline’s branding department, renowned Saudi artist Luluwah Al-Homoud, whose works have been included in international exhibitions, Haya Saad Al-Yahya, a graphic design and multimedia lecturer at Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University, Suliman Al-Fulaij, partner and CEO of Shift marketing agency, and Meaad Al-Khathlan, a representative from the branding division at Ithra.

Yousef Al-Mutairi, head of Ithra’s communication and partnerships division, said the center was excited to team up with Saudia as part of the two sides’ long-term cooperation to provide dynamic collaboration initiatives in the Kingdom.

“This exciting competition presents the abundant talent pool we have here in the Kingdom, with a creative opportunity to make their mark. Ithra is committed to advancing the Kingdom’s creative sector and nurturing its talent by providing impact-driven opportunities showcasing the imagination, innovation, and creativity of these talented individuals across global platforms,” Al-Mutairi said.

Every year, Ithra launches open calls for submissions by Saudi and Saudi-based artists as well as by artists from the Arab world. 

It is the driving force behind several key programs supporting the country’s creative community, while Saudia also participates in national and cultural events. 

During key moments, including Saudi National Day and the G20 Summit, it proudly displayed relevant artwork across its fleet.

Saudia’s group chief marketing officer Khaled bin Abdulgader Tash said the airline was thrilled to be part of the competition.

“We always support such events and occasions all over the Kingdom, and we are often the first to provide support for creative events such as this one. Our aircraft are the ideal billboards for displaying Saudi creativity to the world,” Tash said.

Ithra and Saudia signed a memorandum of understanding last September at the Prince Sultan Aviation Academy in Jeddah.

It included cooperation and strategic agreements, such as displaying Ithra’s logo on a Saudia plane.


Saudia concludes Hajj 2022 operations

Saudia concludes Hajj 2022 operations
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Saudia concludes Hajj 2022 operations

Saudia concludes Hajj 2022 operations
  • Flight SV5712 from Madinah airport, carrying 347 Hajj pilgrims, was bid farewell on Sunday
  • Saudia’s Hajj plan began with arrivals to the Kingdom on June 6 and continued with departures on July 14

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s flag carrier Saudia concluded its global Hajj 2022 transport operation with a flight to Ahmedabad, India on Sunday.

Flight SV5712 from Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport, carrying 347 pilgrims, was bid farewell by Saudia’s chief Hajj and Umrah officer Amer Alkhushail.

Saudia’s operational plan for Hajj began with arrivals to the Kingdom on June 6 and continued with departures on July 14.

More than 350,000 pilgrims were transported over the two phases, of which 120,000 traveled on 300 Hajj flights. A further 230,000 pilgrims traveled on scheduled and additional flights.

The airline revealed that 280,000 pieces of luggage were handled as part of its free “luggage first” service that was launched this year.

As part of the free service, pilgrims’ luggage was collected from their hotel or other accommodation in Jeddah, Makkah or Madinah 24 hours before their departure and delivered to the correct airport baggage center where it was checked in before they arrived at the airport.


Nice film festival winner ‘The Whaler’ portrays Saudi fisherman, marine life

Nice film festival winner ‘The Whaler’ portrays Saudi fisherman, marine life
Updated 14 August 2022

Nice film festival winner ‘The Whaler’ portrays Saudi fisherman, marine life

Nice film festival winner ‘The Whaler’ portrays Saudi fisherman, marine life
  • Filmmaker Saleh Bukhamseen: ‘I wanted to capture the spirit of the people who make their livelihood from marine life and showcase their determination’
  • Bukhamseen said that he was first inspired to shoot his film when he began diving and saw the life and beauty that lies beneath the Red Sea’s surface

RIYADH: Saudi short film “The Whaler” on May 22 won the Science Award at the 2022 Nice International Film Festival, held in the south of France.

The film documents the lives of fishermen in Saudi Arabia, showcasing the beauty of the Kingdom and its maritime world to international audiences. 

It provides unique insight into past and present generations of fishermen — known as “hawata” (Arabic for “whalers”) — through Abu Hilal, an esteemed elder of Yanbu’s fishing scene.

A coastal and industrial city on the Red Sea, Yanbu is strategically located as it is close to the Suez Canal.

Speaking to Arab News, filmmaker Saleh Bukhamseen said: “One major challenge that we — the cameraman Wael and myself — faced when filming ‘The Whaler’ was the extreme weather conditions and the obstruction of the Suez Canal, which happened in 2021.”

Bukhamseen is a self-taught underwater cinematographer with eight years of experience. He combines his passion for diving and filmmaking to create unique films that highlight the beauty of the sea, its creatures and its relationship with humans.

“I wanted to capture the spirit of the people who make their livelihood from marine life and showcase their determination. Fish is a mealtime favorite for many, especially on a Friday, but do we realize the amazing journey behind this beautiful meal? ‘Hawata’ will show you this!” said Bukhamseen.

He has worked on several projects for the Saudi Arabian government, such as films promoting tourism, and has produced short documentaries.

“When you combine talent and passion, there is no limit. It takes a lot of effort to be a writer, producer, director, underwater cameraman and editor all at once, but with teamwork, spectacular results can be achieved,” said Bukhamseen, who filmed and produced “The Whaler” alongside only one other person — his cameraman Wael.

Bukhamseen said that he was first inspired to shoot his film when he began diving and saw the life and beauty that lies beneath the Red Sea’s surface. What he could not describe in words, he said, he captured on film.

“The Whaler,” only 12 minutes long, will be available for the world to see once the film festival tour concludes. Bukhamseen said that these few minutes took five months to prepare, film, edit and present to audiences and panelists.

In its 10th edition, the Nice International Film Festival is held annually in Nice, France.

The week-long event allows aspiring independent filmmakers to showcase their work to an international audience.

“Nice International Film Festival has strict criteria its awards, which cover originality, creativity, film quality, story structure and editing,” said Bukhamseen. “‘Hawata’ was judged by a panel of international film experts to assess whether or not the film deserves to win the trophy.” 

During the festival, the audience is presented with films over a period of a week, which concludes with a prestigious ceremony in which exceptionally talented filmmakers, screenwriters and actors receive awards for their respective film categories.

Bukhamseen told Arab News that he is proud to represent his country, Saudi Arabia, and encourages all aspiring filmmakers to follow their hearts, develop their technical skills and, above all else, respect the environment.

Besides “The Whaler,” he has produced three films: “Plastic Inferno,” “Strange Neighbor” and “The Patient Minarets,” all of which are environmental documentaries.


17 new housing schemes approved in Q2 for Madinah, says municipality

17 new housing schemes approved in Q2 for Madinah, says municipality
Updated 14 August 2022

17 new housing schemes approved in Q2 for Madinah, says municipality

17 new housing schemes approved in Q2 for Madinah, says municipality
  • The schemes cover a total area of 2,242,738 square meters
  • Plans include 2,932 residential plots,16 schools, 21 parks, 23 mosques, and facilities

RIYADH: 17 new housing schemes were approved in Madinah during the second quarter of 2022, Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

The schemes cover a total area of 2,242,738 square meters and include 2,932 residential plots of various sizes, 16 schools, 21 public parks, 23 mosques, and a range of public and government facilities.

The Madinah Regional Municipality said the adoption of the new housing plans contributes to developing the city’s infrastructure, meeting demands for housing units, increasing the quality of life for residents, supporting urban expansion programs and environmental and economic development plans for the city, and increasing residential areas for the local population considering the urban growth witnessed by the region.


KSrelief begins food, aid distribution in Yemen’s flood-hit Al-Mahra province 

KSrelief begins food, aid distribution in Yemen’s flood-hit Al-Mahra province 
Updated 14 August 2022

KSrelief begins food, aid distribution in Yemen’s flood-hit Al-Mahra province 

KSrelief begins food, aid distribution in Yemen’s flood-hit Al-Mahra province 
  • Al-Mahra, among other southern and eastern governorates, witnessed heavy rains in the past few days

Dubai: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) began its aid efforts in Yemen’s Al-Mahra governorate on Saturday by distributing emergency food aid to people affected by the torrential rains and floods. 
The center distributed 100 food baskets containing basic materials, benefiting 1,092 people.
Al-Mahra, among other southern and eastern governorates, witnessed heavy rains in the past few days. 
KSrelief’s immediate intervention comes as part of its continuous efforts to aid and support Yemeni people in different crises.


Prizewinning Saudi student speaks of journey to competition success

Lama won gold at the Gulf Physics Olympiad and a bronze each at the international and Nordic-Baltic Physics Olympiads. (SPA)
Lama won gold at the Gulf Physics Olympiad and a bronze each at the international and Nordic-Baltic Physics Olympiads. (SPA)
Updated 13 August 2022

Prizewinning Saudi student speaks of journey to competition success

Lama won gold at the Gulf Physics Olympiad and a bronze each at the international and Nordic-Baltic Physics Olympiads. (SPA)
  • Lama Al-Ahdal scooped medals in Physics Olympiads and made her country proud

JEDDAH: Prizewinning Saudi student Lama Al-Ahdal, who has been scooping medals at Physics Olympiads, says her competition success motivates her to continue with her passion and achieve great things for the Kingdom.

She won gold at the Gulf Physics Olympiad, a bronze at the International Physics Olympiad, and a bronze at the Nordic-Baltic Physics Olympiad.

Al-Ahdal spoke to the Saudi Press Agency about the beginning of her journey in the Physics Olympiad through the Mawhoob Competition, which she took part in several times.

It was her participation in 2018 that led to her nomination to attend training forums, a path that would eventually lead her to victory.

“I started attending basic courses in Jeddah, through which I qualified and passed the required tests. I was nominated for the Winter Forum at Princess Nourah University in Riyadh, then trained with the physics team, from which a number of students in the Kingdom would qualify to form the Saudi team for the Physics Olympiad.

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It was her participation in 2018 that led to her nomination to attend training forums, a path that would eventually lead her to victory.

“At the beginning of 2019, we underwent intense eight-hour training, both remotely and at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, to prepare for international competitions. I learned how to calculate the strength of the Earth's magnetic field using a string and two pieces of magnets, how electricity can be generated by heating two pieces of metal, how to measure the thickness of a candy wrapper using a laser, and other scientific experiments.

“The top five students were then nominated to represent the Kingdom, and thankfully I made it and snatched the gold medal in the Gulf Physics Olympiad, the bronze medal in the Nordic-Baltic Physics Olympiad, and the bronze medal in the International Physics Olympiad.”

Joining the Saudi physics team and undergoing training helped her to discover that physics was a beautiful subject. “I learned a lot from it and the Olympiad experience.”

Her participation increased her skills and developed her thinking by getting to know competitors from different countries.

“I also developed my time management skills since the training continued even during school days. My father and mother had a major role in helping me achieve my goals and encouraging me to try new things to gain more skills and learn more,” she said.

Setting a specific goal and working to achieve it was the most important thing that motivated her to take up the challenge and try new things.

Her father, Abdul Rahman Al-Ahdal, said his daughter’s journey was full of scientific challenges.

“She has always been a talented child and a bright student, with a  promising future ahead of her. God blessed her with a group of highly experienced trainers and supervisors. It is important to focus and draw a plan and work to achieve it.

“I thank King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, and everyone responsible for helping the sons and daughters of the Kingdom partake in forums of creativity, innovation and scientific Olympiad, and other scientific activities.”