Dress to impress: Saudi fashion brands get creative in honor of National Day

When it came to choosing colors, Kaafmeem’s designers chose to combine the classic with the trendy. (Supplied)
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When it came to choosing colors, Kaafmeem’s designers chose to combine the classic with the trendy. (Supplied)
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Wafaa Al-Jaffali design. (Supplied)
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Updated 21 September 2022

Dress to impress: Saudi fashion brands get creative in honor of National Day

When it came to choosing colors, Kaafmeem’s designers chose to combine the classic with the trendy. (Supplied)
  • Homegrown labels design special celebratory collections that take inspiration from the country’s rich heritage and culture

JEDDAH: Fashion brands in Saudi Arabia have unveiled special collections in celebration of the Kingdom’s National Day on Friday.

Fashion is a key part of a nation’s culture, according to the bosses of Jeddah-based brand Kaafmeem, especially in Saudi Arabia, which has its own distinctive traditions when it comes to dress for special occasions and social gatherings.

“National Day is an opportunity to showcase our tradition and celebrate; what’s better than celebrating in pieces that make you feel proud and confident?” said Karima Saleh, originally from Syria, Kaafmeem’s co-founder and chief creative officer.

To that end, Saleh said, through its designs her company aims to support women in their ongoing journeys of development and progress and as they pursue their careers.

It is “empowering her to celebrate herself and her country in unique and elegant modest clothing, while staying practical, helping her to move toward a brilliant future for herself and the country,” she said.

Saleh added that the patterns and designs of the company’s National Day collection, ULOO, looked to the landscapes of AlUla for inspiration, along with the country’s natural resources.

“The layers of the earth from which petrol is extracted were undoubtedly the perfect sources of inspiration for the ULOO collection,” she added.

When it came to choosing colors, Kaafmeem’s designers chose to combine the classic with the trendy: Green and purple expresses boldness, while black and beige are traditionally neutral shades.

As for materials, Saleh said they used delicate, sheer fabrics for some of their coats, and more practical fabrics for other pieces “to cover both elegant and comfortable aspects with elegant hand-made embroidery on the pieces.”

She added: “This collection provides the bold look of the modern, strong woman who likes to show her personality in a unique way.”

Mona Al-Haddad is the head of the design department at Lomar, which specializes in thobes and abayas.

“In the world of fashion, at Lomar we always try to showcase the identity of our Saudi heritage from the first day by preserving the identity of the dress in an innovative way,” she told Arab News.

“We developed patterns and designs drawn from various regions of the Kingdom, converting them into pieces of art and using them in thobes, abayas and headscarfs especially for the Saudi National Day.”

Each year, Al-Haddad said, Lomar celebrates National Day by creating specially designed thobes and abayas using certain materials and colors, in particular green, white and black.

The company also creates metal accessories designed to compliment the distinctive green color of the Kingdom’s flag in an innovative and contemporary way that it describes as unique to Lomar. Its 2022 National Day collection is inspired by the Saudi emblem and the country’s rich heritage, from north to south, according to Al-Haddad.

“This year’s designs depend on the use of green in men’s clothing and innovative accessories specially made for this occasion,” she said. “The colors black and green were also used in women's Abayas, which are adorned with some traditional accessories from well-known handicrafts.”

Wafaa Al-Jaffali, an abaya designer, said that in discussions of Saudi history and heritage there is no doubt that clothing and folklore are among the first things people consider.

“I am a designer whose work is creatively inspired by the diversity of my country and its glory among nations,” she told Arab News.

“Diversity is the basis for our designs, such as women’s abayas that are inlaid with beads and historical drawings.”

She said that some of her designs also feature Al-Marudun, a pattern mainly used in thobes with long open sleeves that are popular in all parts of the Kingdom but especially Riyadh.

“I used taffeta in my collection, as well as zari, chiffon and colored beads in an exquisite geometric design,” Al-Jaffali said. “The most prominent piece in my collection is Al-Qatt Al-Asiri (an art style specific to Asir) in unconventional colors.”

 


Saudi foreign ministry announces mechanism for obtaining a personal visit visa

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Saudi foreign ministry announces mechanism for obtaining a personal visit visa

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry announced on Wednesday a mechanism for obtaining a personal visit visa which enables visitors to enter the Kingdom to visit their friends or acquaintances who are Saudi citizens, Saudi Press Agency reported.

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Riyadh’s Arabian Horse Festival kicks off with top breeders

Riyadh’s Arabian Horse Festival kicks off with top breeders
Updated 30 November 2022

Riyadh’s Arabian Horse Festival kicks off with top breeders

Riyadh’s Arabian Horse Festival kicks off with top breeders
  • Hundreds of purebreds to be showcased
  • Leading equestrians competitors and animals participating

RIYADH: The Riyadh Purebred Arabian Horse Festival, Jawadi, kicked off Tuesday at the Al-Duhami Equestrian Center in Diriyah governorate, showcasing 347 breeds of the animals.

The five-day festival has SR1 million ($266,000) in prizes on offer. The competitions over the course of the event include the first Saudi Breeders Cup and the Saudi Production Champions Cup. They have both been organized by the Arabian Horse Organization and supervised by the King Abdulaziz Center for Purebred Arabian Horses.

The festival area reflects traditional Najdi architecture and brings together riders, artists and enthusiasts for competitions, folk dances, workshops, lectures, arts and crafts, local and international food, perfumes and sandals.

Azaam Al-Qasim, an equestrian and horse trainer taking part in the festival, told Arab News that the beauty competition would showcase the pedigree of the animals brought by local and international participants.

He said Arabian equestrians, and their horses, are differentiated by their capability and determination, which has served to attract many to the sport in the Kingdom.

Rana Mohammed, an artist who has her paintings of horses on display at the festival, told Arab News: “Horses are my passion, and the more I paint artwork of horses the more I discover more details about them, and I spend more time mastering these details.”

Faisal Al-Shamsan, a visitor, said the horse competitions in a traditional village setting with food and music was “all great.” He also enjoyed watching traditional dancing with his family.

The festival is part of the offerings of Riyadh Season, organized by the General Entertainment Authority. It is open from 3 p.m. until 12 midnight and runs until Dec. 3.


KSRelief delivers relief aid to flood-hit Pakistan 

KSRelief delivers relief aid to flood-hit Pakistan 
Updated 30 November 2022

KSRelief delivers relief aid to flood-hit Pakistan 

KSRelief delivers relief aid to flood-hit Pakistan 

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) team continued to deliver relief aid to those affected by the floods in Pakistan, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

As many as 1,426 winter bags were delivered to those affected, benefiting 9,982 people in the districts of Shahdadkot, Badin and Dadu in Sindh province.

Meanwhile, KSRelief also distributed food aid in Sudan’s Sinkat, benefiting 344 families. 

344 food packages were handed out in the districts of Al-Salam, Al-Janayin, Al-Inqad, Bir Nksoub, Al-Rakham and Sayyit in the locality of Sinkat. 

In Liberia, KSRelief has also delivered 50 tons of dates as a gift from the Saudi Arabia to the nation. 

Also this week, KSRelief signed three joint agreements together with a civil society organization to carry out a series of health and environmental projects for Yemen.


New joint venture Tahaluf to support Saudi events sector

New joint venture Tahaluf to support Saudi events sector
Updated 29 November 2022

New joint venture Tahaluf to support Saudi events sector

New joint venture Tahaluf to support Saudi events sector
  • The venture is part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals to achieve economic diversification and create employment opportunities for Saudi citizens

RIYADH: The Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones and Informa PLC recently launched the joint venture Tahaluf, which aims to train young Saudi women and men in events administration and attract international events into Saudi Arabia.

The venture is part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals to achieve economic diversification and create employment opportunities for Saudi citizens.

Faisal Al-Khamisi, chairman of the board of directors of the federation, said: “The Kingdom has hosted a wide range of global events in recent years, and now the federation is investing in increasing Saudi events and activities and the related creative and digital sectors though Tahaluf.”

Faisal Al-Kahmisi said SAFCSP is investing in increasing Saudi events and activities and the related creative and digital sectors through Tahaluf. (SPA)

He explained that the name Tahaluf (Arabic for “alliance”) reflects the strength of the partnership between the federation and Informa PLC.

“We plan to work closely together on this next phase of developing world-class events for Saudi Arabia,” Al-Khamisi said.

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Tahaluf Academy will also be established, which will annually provide a group of young Saudi professionals with professional accreditation, practical training and experience in international events through a series of opportunities across Informa’s global business.

Tahaluf will benefit from the expertise of Informa PLC to create a world-class events sector in the Kingdom, which will diversify the Saudi economy, provide access to new opportunities for international companies, attract foreign investment and support commercial activity.

Michael Champion, regional executive vice president of Informa PLC, said: “We are honored to expand our partnership with SAFCSP to create Tahaluf, and together we aim to create sustainable events on a global level in Saudi Arabia that will be an international exhibition for the main sectors of the Saudi economy.”

Tahaluf Academy will also be established, which will annually provide a group of young Saudi professionals with professional accreditation, practical training and experience in international events through a series of opportunities across Informa’s global business.

Tahaluf will also bring to Saudi Arabia global events next year, including the DeepFest artificial intelligence conference, the food and hospitality festival Feast, the Middle East beauty festival Cosmoprof, the international real estate exhibition Cityscape, and an exhibition for the leading pharmaceutical brand CPHI in the Middle East.

“SAFCSP is a great leader in the mission of supporting skills development and job creation for Saudi youth in dynamic and professional sectors and will also contribute to the diversification and growth of key sectors in Saudi Arabia,” said Al-Khamisi.

“Informa has played a leading role in the events industry on an international level, including pioneering on-demand and data-driven digital experiences and driving sustainability initiatives across the sector. This expertise has helped launch successful events together in the past and will be invaluable...in delivering on the ambitious plans announced today,” he added.

 

 


Saudi Health Ministry to provide remote treatment for stroke patients

SVH allows patients to visit their local hospital and attend a real-time live video clinical session with top specialists. (SPA)
SVH allows patients to visit their local hospital and attend a real-time live video clinical session with top specialists. (SPA)
Updated 29 November 2022

Saudi Health Ministry to provide remote treatment for stroke patients

SVH allows patients to visit their local hospital and attend a real-time live video clinical session with top specialists. (SPA)
  • Seha Virtual Hospital was launched in February this year as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to digitize its healthcare sector, which forms part of the nation’s Vision 2030 program

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Health, represented by Seha Virtual Hospital and the Innovation Empowerment Center, recently signed a cooperation agreement with a local company to treat stroke patients remotely.

The agreement will ensure several health facilities are linked to Seha Virtual Hospital for the service. The pact includes training, lectures, workshops and simulations using artificial intelligence technology. Physicians will also be able to help diagnose rare diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Seha Virtual Hospital was launched in February this year as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to digitize its healthcare sector, which forms part of the nation’s Vision 2030 program.

Connected to 152 hospitals and covering more than 34 subspecialties throughout Saudi Arabia, Seha Virtual Hospital claims to be the largest of its kind in the world and the first in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Patients no longer need to travel to different parts of the Kingdom to be seen by specialized physicians, and are not limited to regular clinic hours.

Earlier, an official told Arab News that patients can now receive second and third medical opinions from the same consulting room.

Unlike simple video calls with doctors, the virtual hospital allows patients to visit their local hospital and attend a real-time live video clinical session with top specialists from across the Kingdom.

During the session, vital signs, tests and x-rays can be taken and shared with a network of specialists. Emergency interventions can be provided around the clock, with top specialists able to guide local junior staff with complex cases.