Saudi Civil Defense calls for caution as thunderstorms expected until Wednesday

The Civil Defense warned of thunderstorms in various parts of the Kingdom. (File/SPA)
The Civil Defense warned of thunderstorms in various parts of the Kingdom. (File/SPA)
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Updated 30 July 2022

Saudi Civil Defense calls for caution as thunderstorms expected until Wednesday

Saudi Civil Defense calls for caution as thunderstorms expected until Wednesday

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense on Friday urged the public to take caution as it warned of chances of thunderstorms in parts of the Kingdom from Saturday until Wednesday.
The authority said the regions of Asir, Najran, Jazan and Al-Baha will be affected by moderate to heavy rain and brisk winds, which may lead to torrential flow, and the regions of Riyadh, Sharqiya, Qassim and Hail will be affected by light to medium rain.
Spokesman Col. Mohammed Al-Hammadi called for caution against potential dangers of the weather, to stay away from places where torrents gather, and to abide by the instructions of the Civil Defense announced through various media and social networking sites, in order to preserve their safety.


Saudi Ministry of Culture’s Ramadan tent opens to visitors

Saudi Ministry of Culture’s Ramadan tent opens to visitors
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Saudi Ministry of Culture’s Ramadan tent opens to visitors

Saudi Ministry of Culture’s Ramadan tent opens to visitors
  • The main tent, which is located east of King Abdullah Financial District, is open for visitors until April 19 and acts as a cultural introduction to Ramadan

RIYADH: Visitors are flocking to the Ramadan tent in Riyadh, one of the star attractions of the Ministry of Culture’s holy month season.

The main tent, which is located east of King Abdullah Financial District, is open for visitors until April 19 and acts as a cultural introduction to Ramadan.

Basmah Alqahtani, a visitor to the attraction, told Arab News: “Ramadan Season was nothing less than amazing: the decorations and general theme, the shops, and the Ramadan tent are fantastic for both iftar and sahoor.”

Alqahtani added that the Ramadan Season felt like a continuation of the Riyadh Season.

The tent offers a unique experience for guests, with diverse activities for all ages including dining, sports, arts, and games.

It offers catered iftar by the Four Seasons Hotel for SR250 ($66) per person and opens every day at 5 p.m. for the feast, which is served until 8 p.m. Sahoor is served from 12 until the tent closes at 3 a.m.

Both the meals feature a variety of cuisine and international dishes from around the world.

Ramadan lights and decorations illuminate some of the symbols of Saudi culture close to the dining area, including dates, a prayer mat, a misbah, and an incense burner.

The souq sells incense and roasted coffee beans, along with traditional crafts.

Um Waleed has turned her passion into a small business by producing baskets, dining table mats, and sieves, all made from wicker which is taken from palm trees.

Meanwhile, Najla Abdulrahman has transformed her love for Sadu crafts, an authentic Bedouin practice, into a small business.

The tent also caters for children in a zone where youngsters from 5 to 12 take part in craft and art sessions, storytelling, and workshops.

Abdulaziz, a visitor to the Ramadan tent, said: “Our first visit here was amazing.

“I hope I can make another visit. It was honestly a beautiful experience for me and my family, especially with [the] Ramadan vibes.”

Abdulaziz, who attended with his wife and daughter, added: “I recommend this place for families in particular because it is well designed for families, and for people in general, of course.”

Visitors can try their hand at Ramadan riddles, cultural memory sessions, and poetry readings on the main stage of the tent.

The riddles are competitive affairs, with prizes for the winners such as coupons for the market or free meals.

Fun games are also on hand, including tennis, dominoes, pool, and chess.

Those interested in visiting can book their tickets through the Ministry of Culture website. There is free admission for those with special needs and those accompanying them.

The Ministry of Culture’s Ramadan Season is taking place in Riyadh, Jeddah and Makkah throughout the holy month to celebrate the Kingdom’s cultural heritage.


Lebanese PM Najib Mikati arrives in Saudi Arabia

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati arrives in Madinah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati arrives in Madinah on Wednesday. (SPA)
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Lebanese PM Najib Mikati arrives in Saudi Arabia

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati arrives in Madinah on Wednesday. (SPA)
  • Mikati will pray in the Prophet’s Mosque during his visit

RIYADH: Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati arrived in Madinah on Wednesday.

Mikati will pray in the Prophet’s Mosque and pay his respects to him.

The prime minister was received at Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport by the governor of Madinah region, Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, and other officials.


Diplomats extend Ramadan greetings

Diplomats extend Ramadan greetings
Updated 29 March 2023

Diplomats extend Ramadan greetings

Diplomats extend Ramadan greetings

RIYADH: Diplomats in Riyadh gathered to share greetings and messages filled with understanding as part of cultural diplomacy during Ramadan, which began on March 23.

Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Djibouti’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Dya-Eddine Said Bamakhrama, said: “I send best wishes for the blessed month of Ramadan.

“Let it be a time to reflect and count our blessings. May the light of Ramadan shine in your homes, bringing happiness and peace. Wishing you blessings, prosperity throughout the year.”

Welcoming the holy month, Bamakhrama also hosted the heads of diplomatic missions in Riyadh and their families to iftar at the Cultural Palace in the Diplomatic Quarter.

Patrick Simonnet, EU ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said: “I am delighted to extend my sincerest congratulations to the Saudi people and Muslims in the Kingdom on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan. I look forward to further cooperation between the EU and the Kingdom. Blessed Ramadan.”

The US Embassy tweeted: “All employees of the US Embassy in Riyadh wish all our friends and followers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia #RamadanKareem.”

Kazakhstan Ambassador Berik Aryn told Arab News: “I extend my sincere greetings and best wishes to the people of Saudi Arabia and all Muslims. May Allah accept our good deeds and bestow his blessings during the holy month.”

Denmark’s Ambassador, Liselotte Plesner, said: “Ramadan Kareem from the Royal Danish Embassy. We wish you a blessed month.”

Nigeria’s Ambassador, Yahaya Lawal, said: “Ramadan Mubarak and may the blessings of this holy season bring durable peace, progress and prosperity to our troubled world.”

Alexis Konstantopoulos, ambassador of Greece, said: “On behalf of all your Greek friends, I would like to wish our Saudi friends a Ramadan Mubarak. May this holy month bring peace and blessings throughout the world.”

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador, Pakeer Mohideen Amza, said: “I wish to extend my best wishes and greetings. May Allah protect you all, provide good health, accept our prayers, fasting and good deeds during this holy month of Ramadan.”


Saudi Fashion Commission to host third Swap Shop event in Riyadh 

Saudi Fashion Commission to host third Swap Shop event in Riyadh 
Updated 29 March 2023

Saudi Fashion Commission to host third Swap Shop event in Riyadh 

Saudi Fashion Commission to host third Swap Shop event in Riyadh 

DUBAI: In their bid to promote sustainability and ethical fashion, the Saudi Fashion Commission is set to host the third edition of Swap Shop in Riyadh.   

Set to take place in Square 1’s ‘A Fashion House’ in Riyadh Boulevard City, the event, held in collaboration with Sela and Cenomi Retail, will take place from April 1-5 and is open to the general public from 9 p.m. to 1.30 a.m.   

Guests will be able to swap pre-loved clothing and accessories for other used pieces, or exchange for new items provided by Cenomi Retail.  

The Saudi Fashion Commission hopes that Swap Shop will play a key role in educating consumers to support its mission to create a sustainable Saudi fashion scene. 

“As we work towards a sustainable future for the industry, we want to involve consumers in this journey and share with them the importance of circulating pre-loved clothing,” said Burak Cakmak, CEO of the Saudi Fashion Commission, in a statement.  

“Thank you in advance to everyone taking part in this initiative – I look forward to hearing about the best finds and one-of-a-kind pieces from the Swap Shop treasure trove,” he added.   

The second edition of Swap Shop at Fashion Futures 2022 had more than 1,300 visitors, with almost 1,000 people swapping clothes and 5,500 items brought to the Swap Shop.  


Saudi Arabia’s AlUla Design Award extends submissions deadline until April 12 

Saudi Arabia’s AlUla Design Award extends submissions deadline until April 12 
Updated 29 March 2023

Saudi Arabia’s AlUla Design Award extends submissions deadline until April 12 

Saudi Arabia’s AlUla Design Award extends submissions deadline until April 12 

DUBAI: The AlUla Design Award — which recognizes design inspired by the heritage, landscapes and artistic legacies of AlUla — is returning for a second edition this year and on Wednesday extended its deadline for submissions until April 12.  

The award invites established and emerging designers to conceptualize and propose design items in the categories of jewelry, footwear, clothing, home accessories, leather goods and more.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The second iteration of the award was announced in January by executive director of Arts AlUla at the Royal Commission for AlUla Nora AlDabal. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Being so steep in history and culture, and with the mesmerizing natural wonders it holds, AlUla is the perfect muse for any creative wishing to push their boundaries,” AlDabal said, according to a released statement. “AlUla Design Award is the intersection between heritage and contemporary creative culture, providing local and international talents with the opportunity to interact with AlUla and translate it to their designs.”  

Submissions will be evaluated by a jury from the design world, and the shortlisted design concepts will progress to a prototyping round. The winning proposals will be commissioned, supported in their production and promoted within AlUla.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In partnership with Paris Design Week (PDW), the shortlisted designers will have the opportunity to showcase their prototypes in an exhibition in September 2023 where the winners will be announced.   

The first edition of the AlUla Design Award welcomed more than 700 applicants, with 262 shortlisted, 18 finalists and six winners. The six winners of the first edition were Reem Bashawri, Nour Shourbagy, Tarek El-Kassouf, Mohamad Baalbaki with AlJoharah AlRasheed, Rukun with Harry Dobbs and Niko Kapa.