AlUla’s mystical landscape echoes with music on National Day

The night ascended with Saudi DJs Durar and Solskin playing back-to- back, warming up the audience for the night ahead. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The night ascended with Saudi DJs Durar and Solskin playing back-to- back, warming up the audience for the night ahead. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The night ascended with Saudi DJs Durar and Solskin playing back-to- back, warming up the audience for the night ahead. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The night ascended with Saudi DJs Durar and Solskin playing back-to- back, warming up the audience for the night ahead. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The night ascended with Saudi DJs Durar and Solskin playing back-to- back, warming up the audience for the night ahead. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The night ascended with Saudi DJs Durar and Solskin playing back-to- back, warming up the audience for the night ahead. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Updated 25 September 2022

AlUla’s mystical landscape echoes with music on National Day

AlUla’s mystical landscape echoes with music on National Day
  • Beats of top artists lit up the stage at the Azimuth festival

ALULA: Local and international artists took to the stage at one of the Kingdom’s most distinctive venues in celebration of Saudi Arabia’s 92nd National Day during the second AlUla Azimuth festival on Friday.

Engulfed in the mountainous terrain of the historic AlUla, Saudi nationals and international visitors welcomed a lineup composed of DJ and performances that lit up the stage in vivid light and fire shows.




The night ascended with Saudi DJs Durar and Solskin playing back-to-back, warming up the audience for the night ahead. Next was Canadian RnB
duo artist and frequent Drake collaborator Majid Jordan, who subbed their usual mellow vocals with a distinctive DJ set. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

While the event was to celebrate the establishment of the Kingdom, it was important for both the Royal Commission for AlUla and MDLBEAST to feature international artists to create greater opportunities for cultural exchange and audience attraction.

“It’s a chance for us to communicate with other artists and other talents and bring in what the local audience wants. It’s a matter of understanding what kind of flavors can we bring in every time to change it up.

 

“Being a part of it as the Saudi talent is great for us, for our national pride. We get to play on the same stage together with wonderful artists around the world,” said Ahmed Alammary, chief creative of MDLBEAST, and known for his music as DJ Baloo.  

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Azimuth’s National Day lineup also includes performances by DJs Kayan, Biirdperson, Cosmicat, Disco Misr, Parov Stelar, Jason Derulo, Anmarz, Baloo, and BKR.

The Azimuth concept was first created by the AlUla commission, but this year’s programming happened in collaboration with the leading entertainment company and record label MDLBEAST. The two entities created a production and design experience unlike any other, featuring projections on the valley mountains and laser shows that captivated the audience.




The night ascended with Saudi DJs Durar and Solskin playing back-to-back, warming up the audience for the night ahead. Next was Canadian RnB
duo artist and frequent Drake collaborator Majid Jordan, who subbed their usual mellow vocals with a distinctive DJ set. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

“The spaces here and the landscape are so beautiful, you look at it and you want to enhance it with something and music is the perfect complement for beautiful scenery. AlUla presents a really great space for music venues — beyond one, there’s hundreds of them,” Alammary told Arab News.

The night ascended with Saudi DJs Durar and Solskin playing back-to-back, warming up the audience for the night ahead. Next was Canadian RnB duo artist and frequent Drake collaborator Majid Jordan, who subbed their usual mellow vocals with a distinctive DJ set.

Acclaimed American singer Kelis, known for her popular song “Milkshake” was up next, setting the stage up for crowd-favorite DJ Snake, bringing back pop classics such as “Middle and “All I Need Is Your Love Tonight.”




The night ascended with Saudi DJs Durar and Solskin playing back-to-back, warming up the audience for the night ahead. Next was Canadian RnB
duo artist and frequent Drake collaborator Majid Jordan, who subbed their usual mellow vocals with a distinctive DJ set. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The crisp autumn air filled the desert scene. At this point the crowd was enjoying the eccentric tunes of the French-Algerian DJ.

To follow up, Saudi duo Dish Dash, composed of brothers Hassan and Abbas Ghazzawi, performed at what they describe as a “magical” place.

“It’s a dream come true for us to actually have the power to influence and show the world what Saudi is and how we actually come together and enjoy our time in such locations, in places like these. It’s a blessing for us to be part of the leading people showing this to the world,” Hassan told Arab News.

The duo have traveled the world performing at festivals and cities, most notably Tomorrowland and MDLBEAST, but said that the AlUla experience is distinctive because of its cultural narrative. For them, it is the perfect location to share their music with the world on Saudi National Day.

“To see how much history is in this place (makes) it even more unique and to have this setup happening here, with this magnitude and all of these ideas are like a natural background of our everyday lives,” Abbas said.

Vinyl Mode took to the stage next to bring a patriotic set to the crowd, which erupted in unison singing, as Nomad ended the night.

Azimuth’s National Day lineup also includes performances by DJs Kayan, Biirdperson, Cosmicat, Disco Misr, Parov Stelar, Jason Derulo, Anmarz, Baloo, and BKR.

 


AlUla art exhibition to showcase local, international works celebrating historic city

AlUla art exhibition to showcase local, international works celebrating historic city
Updated 03 October 2022

AlUla art exhibition to showcase local, international works celebrating historic city

AlUla art exhibition to showcase local, international works celebrating historic city
  • Exhibition being staged at AlUla International Airport

RIYADH: The Royal Commission for AlUla has launched a new art exhibition showcasing local and international works celebrating the historic city’s legacy and culture.

Being staged at AlUla International Airport, the display will feature sculptures, photographs, textiles, and drawings.

The commission’s arts and creative planning director, Nora Aldabal, said: “We are pleased to unveil the Safar Art Exhibition, which is an extension of our ongoing cultural efforts we seek to achieve in partnership with contemporary artists inside and outside the Kingdom.

“The Safar collection represents the depth and strength of AlUla’s relationship with the arts, as it is an important new addition to the series of world-class events that were held recently in the Kingdom, including Desert X AlUla 2022, Cortona on the Move, What Lies Within, and many more,” she added.

The exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists.

Aldabal said: “Being inside the airport, the exhibition reconnects local, regional, and international visitors to AlUla in its new chapter as a center for exploration and artistic production.

“The arts are an integral part of the region’s personality and identity, and art contributes to developing the quality of life for the local community and drives the wheel of the future. This is an open invitation to all to be part of the AlUla journey,” she added.

Zahra Al-Ghamdi, one of the exhibiting artists, said: “I am pleased to continue my artistic journey with AlUla within the exhibition. This exceptional destination, with its cultural imprint and amazing geographic nature, has had the greatest impact on my artistic aspirations and career.

“I am proud to be part of the creative community of AlUla and grateful for the role I play in its future legacy. After being displayed at both Desert X AlUla 2020 and What Lies Within, I consider this new collaboration another exceptional opportunity to participate in the leading arts performances in AlUla.

“I grew up in the southwestern region of the Kingdom and then moved to study and work both in Saudi Arabia and abroad and consider that we currently live in the brightest eras of Saudi art, as AlUla is at the forefront of the art scene,” Al-Ghamdi added.

The focus on art and culture is at the forefront of the commission’s mission, championed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to protect the natural heritage of AlUla and share its culture and history with the world.


Crown prince announces launch of Saudi Downtown Company for development

Crown prince announces launch of Saudi Downtown Company for development
Updated 03 October 2022

Crown prince announces launch of Saudi Downtown Company for development

Crown prince announces launch of Saudi Downtown Company for development
  • The company will aim to improve infrastructure and build strategic partnerships with the private sector and investors by creating new opportunities

RIYADH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced on Monday the launch of the Saudi Downtown Company which aims to build and develop downtown areas and mixed-use destinations in 12 Saudi cities.

The company will aim to improve infrastructure and build strategic partnerships with the private sector and investors by creating new business and investment opportunities in key economic sectors including retail, tourism, entertainment, and housing.

The 12 cities include Madinah, Al-Khobar, Al-Ahsa, Buraidah, Najran, Jazan, Hail, Al-Baha, Arar, Taif, Dumat Al-Jandal, and Tabuk. The company will develop over 10 million square meters of land across all projects, creating modern destinations drawn from Saudi Arabia’s diverse local culture and traditional architectural motifs, while using cutting-edge technology in every project.

By launching the SDC, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund aims to increase trade and investment opportunities in various Saudi cities to increase their attractiveness and create a positive impact on their local economies.

The projects will also contribute to creating new opportunities for the private sector and more jobs for locals. They will localize knowledge and expertise to help entrepreneurs and companies start up and develop their businesses.

The company’s strategy aligns with PIF’s efforts to unlock the capabilities of local promising sectors that can help drive the diversification of the economy and contribute to non-oil GDP growth, in line with the objectives of Vision 2030.


Commerce minister heads Saudi delegation to Morocco

Commerce minister heads Saudi delegation to Morocco
Updated 03 October 2022

Commerce minister heads Saudi delegation to Morocco

Commerce minister heads Saudi delegation to Morocco
  • Delegation includes officials and representatives from 14 government agencies and 62 companies.

RIYADH: The Minister of Commerce Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi is leading a Saudi delegation to Morocco for a four-day official visit, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

The delegation includes officials from 14 government agencies as well as private-sector representatives from 62 companies in Saudi Arabia. 

Al-Qasabi will meet the Moroccan Minister of Industry and Trade Riad Mazur on Monday to discuss ways to improve trade and investment relations and enable the two countries’ private sectors to increase trade volume.

During his visit, Al-Qasabi will attend the Saudi-Moroccan Economy Forum on Tuesday, along with business leaders from both countries.

The two countries will also sign two memorandum of cooperation in the field of mutual recognition of halal certificates for local products, as well as a draft program for technical cooperation between the Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization and the Moroccan Institute for Standardization.

Al-Qasabi will also open the commercial attache’s new headquarters in Casablanca, with the goal of facilitating Saudi exports into markets and attracting quality investments that contribute to the strengthening of trade relations between the two countries.

 


Saudi FM meets with president, counterpart during visit to Tajikistan

Saudi FM meets with president, counterpart during visit to Tajikistan
Updated 03 October 2022

Saudi FM meets with president, counterpart during visit to Tajikistan

Saudi FM meets with president, counterpart during visit to Tajikistan
  • Prince Faisal also met with his Tajik counterpart Sirojiddin Muhriddin on Monday

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan was received by the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon at the presidential palace during a visit to Dushanbe on Monday.

During the reception, Prince Faisal and Rahmon  reviewed bilateral relations and discussed the latest international developments.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets with his Tajik counterpart Sirojiddin Muhriddin during a visit to Dushanbe on Monday. (SPA)

Earlier, the Kingdom’s foreign minister met with his Tajik counterpart Sirojiddin Muhriddin.

The two ministers held a session of talks during which they reviewed aspects of relations between the Kingdom and Tajikistan and ways to strengthen and develop them in all fields. They also discussed issues of common interest.


KSRelief launches aid campaigns in Lebanon and Jordan

KSRelief launches aid campaigns in Lebanon and Jordan
Updated 03 October 2022

KSRelief launches aid campaigns in Lebanon and Jordan

KSRelief launches aid campaigns in Lebanon and Jordan
  • The relief items, which were distributed on Saturday, benefited 1,570 people in the Beqaa region

DUBAI: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed 314 food baskets to Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s West Bekaa region. 
The relief items, which were distributed on Saturday, benefited 1,570 people in the area. 
Meanwhile, the aid center concluded its 11th and 12th volunteer programs in the Zaatari refugee camp for Syrians in Jordan. 
The initiative saw 26 volunteers from different medical, psychological, social, and educational backgrounds offering their expertise to people in-need. 
They offered training courses to 236 people, educational programs to 185 people, computer maintenance to 194 people, first aid services to 430 people, and psychological counseling to 260 people. 
Medical services offered during the visit benefitted 29 patients in heart clinics for children, 184 people in the dermatology department, and 75 patients in-need of physiotherapy treatment.