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

The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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The Safar Art Exhibition will include 64 works of art created by 25 Saudi and international artists. (Supplied)
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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.


AlUla, UNESCO launch archaeology International Fellowship Program

AlUla, UNESCO launch archaeology International Fellowship Program
Updated 58 min 20 sec ago

AlUla, UNESCO launch archaeology International Fellowship Program

AlUla, UNESCO launch archaeology International Fellowship Program
  • Training on archaeological digs, recordkeeping
  • Focus on protecting Saudi heritage, says royal body

RIYADH: The Royal Commission for AlUla has announced the launch of an International Fellowship Program in the field of antiquities preservation in cooperation with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The international fellowship program provides the opportunity to explore and learn about civilizations in the northwest of the Arabian Peninsula.

The program, in cooperation with archaeologists and heritage experts from the RCU’s Kingdoms Institute, is part of a four-month workshop in AlUla. It is expected to strengthen the scientific and technology transfer partnership between the RCU and UNESCO.

Training for field and administrative positions will be offered during the course of the program, which includes the study of artifacts and the preservation of archaeological monuments and key sites of interest.

Jose Ignacio Gallego, the RCU’s archaeology and heritage research executive director, said: “The international fellowship program will enhance knowledge transfer between international experts and trainees in a variety of specialized fields.”

“The fellowship aims to support the heritage of AlUla and establish it as a center of knowledge in the field of antiquities protection, and enhances the Kingdoms Institute’s position as a leading entity that implements innovative solutions and ideas in the field of heritage research, preservation and publicization.”

The Kingdoms Institute is a project of the RCU governorate. It is located in the Dadan Oasis. Its urban design is inspired by the Dadanian civilization, which is represented by one of the most prominent buildings carved into the mountains opposite the archaeological site.

The institute includes several basic archaeological programs and research, most notably preserving rock art, inscriptions, languages, agriculture, sustainability in prehistoric times, communication, and the protection of records and sites.

The Kingdom Institute specializes in studying and analyzing artifacts, and applying international practices for archaeological excavations and heritage preservation.


Saudi King invites Chinese president to visit Kingdom on Wednesday

Saudi King invites Chinese president to visit Kingdom on Wednesday
Updated 06 December 2022

Saudi King invites Chinese president to visit Kingdom on Wednesday

Saudi King invites Chinese president to visit Kingdom on Wednesday

King Salman invited President of China Xi Jinping for an official visit to attend the Saudi-Chinese summit held in Saudi Arabia from Dec. 7 to 9, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. 

The summit will be chaired by King Salman and the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. It will look at relations between the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Arab states with the People's Republic of China,

Discussions are expected to focus on strengthening joint cooperation in economy and development.


Saudi’s aid agency concludes anti-blindness program in Morocco

Saudi’s aid agency concludes anti-blindness program in Morocco
Updated 06 December 2022

Saudi’s aid agency concludes anti-blindness program in Morocco

Saudi’s aid agency concludes anti-blindness program in Morocco
  • KSRelief continued providing medical aid to Syrian refugees residing in Jordan’s Zaatari camp

RIYADH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center has concluded an anti-blindness voluntary program in Morocco’s Tiflet.

Under the Saudi Noor Voluntary Program, held in collaboration with the Kingdom’s Al-Basar International Foundation, doctors performed 462 cataract removal operations, examined 5,800 patients and distributed 1,470 glasses.

The program comes as part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to help low-income families in the region, according to a statement by state news agency (SPA).

KSRelief continued providing medical aid to Syrian refugees residing in Jordan’s Zaatari camp. The agency’s medical clinics offered consultations to 14,704 refugees during November, said SPA.

The laboratory and radiology departments also received 1,480 people.


Saudi Arabia’s MASAM project clears 1,307 mines in one week in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s MASAM project clears 1,307 mines in one week in Yemen
Updated 06 December 2022

Saudi Arabia’s MASAM project clears 1,307 mines in one week in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s MASAM project clears 1,307 mines in one week in Yemen
  • MASAM removed over 375,000 mines from Yemen since its 2018 launch

RIYADH: A total of 1,307 mines planted by the Iran-backed Houthi militia across Yemen were dismantled in one week under King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center’s (KSrelief) Masam project.

The extraction, which took place at the end of November, included 20 anti-personnel mines, 113 anti-tank mines, 1,170 unexploded ordnance, and four explosive devices, state news agency (SPA) reported.

Since its launch in 2018, the landmine clearance project has removed over 375,000 mines from Yemeni lands.

Earlier in June, KSRelief renewed Masam project for a fifth year at a cost of $33.292 million.


Saudi adventurers complete 1,200 km walk to mark UAE National Day

Saudi adventurers complete 1,200 km walk to mark UAE National Day
Updated 05 December 2022

Saudi adventurers complete 1,200 km walk to mark UAE National Day

Saudi adventurers complete 1,200 km walk to mark UAE National Day
  • Naif told Arab News that the walk had been “another accomplishment” after he previously completed more than 4 billion steps, covering 4,000 km on foot, through nine treks taking in NEOM, Makkah, Abha, Madinah, and AlUla

JEDDAH: Two Saudi adventurers have arrived in Abu Dhabi after walking for 30 days to celebrate the 51st UAE National Day.

Thirty-two-year-old Naif Shukri and his nephew Abdul Ellah Shukri, 19, started their trek from Riyadh passing through Al-Ahsa and Al-Hofuf before arriving at the UAE border, a journey of 1,200 kilometers.

Naif told Arab News that the walk had been “another accomplishment” after he previously completed more than 4 billion steps, covering 4,000 km on foot, through nine treks taking in NEOM, Makkah, Abha, Madinah, and AlUla.

He said: “Our journey titled, the Saudi is Emirati and the Emirati is Saudi, has several goals, but the most notable was the participation with Emirati brothers in their UAE National Day. It was a way to express our love and affection to the Emirati people.”

He broadcasted his trip on social media and was amazed by the interaction from Emiratis many of whom were waiting to greet the duo on the UAE border.

On Dec. 1, followers, supporters, and friends gathered at Bani Yas as Naif sent pictures of himself and his nephew holding the Saudi and UAE flag and another showing them arriving in the UAE.

“The Emirati people have been so hospitable and encouraging. The best part of the journey was the warm welcome we received upon our arrival,” he added.