Ithra lights up in green to mark Saudi team’s win

Ithra lights up in green to mark Saudi team’s win
Ithra building projection was designed in the Saudi flag colors of the Green Falcons to celebrate the 2-1 victory over Argentina at the World Cup in Qatar. (Supplied)
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Updated 24 November 2022

Ithra lights up in green to mark Saudi team’s win

Ithra lights up in green to mark Saudi team’s win
  • The center offered visitors with full access to all activities free of charge to commemorate the win
  • Ithra is also celebrating in the metaverse by introducing their non-fungible token exhibition “From Strike to Stroke”

DHAHRAN: In celebration of Saudi Arabia’s historic win against Argentina in their opening match in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Ithra was lit up in a green-colored design.   

“In celebration of the historic win of the Saudi Arabian team at the FIFA World Cup, the Ithra building projection was designed in the Saudi flag colors of our Green Falcons to celebrate and honor the victory,” Yousef Al-Mutairi, head of communications and marketing at Ithra, told Arab News

“Ithra continues to be a source of inspiration, creativity and community that celebrates beautiful moments together. 

“We’re proud to be a place where people from all walks of life come to get inspired through our programs and offerings. Today, we have launched a series of offerings at Ithra to engage the community in celebrating this great achievement, and we received more than 10,000 visitors,” Al-Mutairi added.

The center offered all visitors, who officially had a day off on Wednesday by royal decree, full access to all activities free of charge to commemorate the win. No reservations or tickets were required as tickets typically would start at SR20 ($5), with prices varying depending on the program and activity.

Ithra is also celebrating in the metaverse by introducing their non-fungible token exhibition “From Strike to Stroke.”

In a statement announcing the launch in Qatar, Ithra said: “Football is an art — so, during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Ithra is curating a unique collection of NFTs in celebration of this global sporting event. In collaboration with 32 artists representing each of the competing nations and an AI-powered algorithm, every game will be translated into a unique NFT.

“Using their respective team’s jersey colors, the contributing creatives produced striking art representing their country. 

“Following each game and led by the action taking place on the pitch, the AI-powered algorithm will compile the artists’ creations with match statistics to generate unique pieces that represent each game. Stay tuned as we reveal our collection throughout the World Cup!”

The “Open Sea Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia” by Ezekiel Germán and Amr Bogari NFT is ready for offers.

Click the Ithra website for more details. 


‘From the East to the East’ art exhibition in Riyadh bridges Arab and Chinese cultures

‘From the East to the East’ art exhibition in Riyadh bridges Arab and Chinese cultures
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‘From the East to the East’ art exhibition in Riyadh bridges Arab and Chinese cultures

‘From the East to the East’ art exhibition in Riyadh bridges Arab and Chinese cultures
  • Palace of Culture event features 40 works by Arab artists sharing their impressions of China
  • Arab-Chinese music and dance fusion and a live art show dubbed a “symbol of our unity”

RIYADH: While bolstering trade ties and strategic cooperation during President Xi Jinping’s three-day visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and China have also prioritized cross-cultural exchange to help cement the diplomatic relationship.

On the sidelines of Xi’s visit, an event titled “From the East to the East and the Selected Exhibition of Famous Arab Artists Visiting China” was held in the Palace of Culture to showcase the work of Arab and Chinese artists and musicians. 

Sponsored by the Saudi Ministry of Culture, the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and the Arab League, in cooperation with the Saudi Ministry of Information, the event featured a traditional Ardah performance and a Chinese dance routine. 

With the faint sounds of the Chinese musical strings of the zheng, the Arabic version of the string instrument, the qanun, and the oud, a trio of Saudi and Chinese performers created a unique fusion of sounds. 

Since 2009, more than 170 well-known artists from 21 Arab countries have been invited to visit the People’s Republic by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China. The artists turned what they saw, felt and thought into more than 500 paintings, sculptures and ceramic works.

The exhibition features 40 of these works by an assortment of Saudi, Libyan, Algerian, Palestinian, Egypian, Bahraini, Iraqi and Jordanian artists alongside works by Chinese artist who visited Arab countries. 

It features Chinese paintings of Manama and Amman, and one of an Egyptian man with a camel, decorated with colorful strings and bells, against the iconic backdrop of the Pyramids of Giza.

Influences of the ancient Silk Road were also evident in several of the artworks and large screens covering the walls showing Chinese and Arabic calligraphy and heritage objects. 

The exhibition was organized by Bauhinia Culture Holdings Limited, executed by China Arts and Entertainment Group Ltd., supported by the China Artists Association.

A live art show also took place, highlighting the distinctive architecture of the Great Wall of China and Diriya’s Salwa Palace. 

“I found similarities in the way rock and stone was used here and in my country,” Chinese painter Wang Haikun told Arab News. 

“These similarities prompted me to apply it to my side of the mural as a symbol of our unity.”
 


Saudi forum marks International Anti-Corruption Day

Saudi forum marks International Anti-Corruption Day
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Saudi forum marks International Anti-Corruption Day

Saudi forum marks International Anti-Corruption Day

JEDDAH: The 11th International Anti-Corruption Day Forum, organized by the Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha), has concluded with the participation of several experts from the government and private sectors.

Titled “Corruption Risks Management in the Public Sector: Experiences, Challenges and Solutions,” the forum was inaugurated by Bandar AbalKhail, Nazaha’s vice president for protecting integrity, supervisor of oversight, investigation and combating corruption.

The official said that marking International Anti-Corruption Day was based on the Kingdom’s keenness to raise awareness against the threat of corruption, adding that efforts to eliminate it are being undertaken through cooperation at all levels.

He said: “The directives of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stress that corruption is the cause of many great problems, and what matters to us today is to be at the forefront of countries in combating corruption and to achieve the lowest rates of corruption globally.

“This approach is consistent with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which confirms that transparency and combating corruption is its main pillar to strengthen the principles of accountability in the public and private sectors, and to never tolerate corruption at all levels.”


Riyadh Season activities entertain 6m

Riyadh Season activities entertain 6m
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Riyadh Season activities entertain 6m

Riyadh Season activities entertain 6m

RIYADH: Riyadh Season recorded six million visitors since its launch on Oct. 21, organizers have said.

The pace of entertainment has increased in its various zones, with international events and shows, concerts and festivals for local and international visitors.

The activities have been offered in The Groves, Riyadh Sky, Little Riyadh, Al Murabba, Qariat Zaman, Riyadh Zoo, Fun Festival, Boulevard World, Boulevard Riyadh City, Winter Wonderland, Riyadh Front and Al-Suwaidi Park, whose activities ended on Monday.

During the last month, the turnout for the activities of Riyadh Season doubled with the opening of its largest area, Boulevard World, which includes 10 cultural subzones, in addition to themed experiences from different countries around the world. 


Nigerian conjoined twins to undergo separation op in Riyadh

Nigerian conjoined twins to undergo separation op in Riyadh
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Nigerian conjoined twins to undergo separation op in Riyadh

Nigerian conjoined twins to undergo separation op in Riyadh

JEDDAH: Nigerian conjoined twins Hassana and Hussaina were on Thursday due to arrive in Saudi Arabia for a “delicate” separation procedure being carried out free of charge on the directives of King Salman.

Yahaya Lawal, Nigeria’s envoy to the Kingdom, said the monarch had sent a flying ambulance to transport the twins and their parents to Riyadh, where the surgery would take place. 

The ambassador expressed his country’s gratitude to the king and told Arab News that the twins, born in hospital to a Nigerian couple, shared vital organs, including a liver.

“King Salman’s order to lend a generous hand to the family of the Siamese twins has delighted millions in Nigeria. The federal government through the presidency in Nigeria, on behalf of all Nigerians, has applauded this humanitarian gesture of the Kingdom.

“The government also expressed its sincere appreciation for this significant humane touch,” Lawal added.    

The envoy also expressed his nation’s appreciation for the leading role taken by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center in helping to make the trip possible.

He said: “We remain ever grateful to the Kingdom, and we hope the operation, which will be conducted in the next few days, God willing, will be a successful one.”

The plane carrying the twins and their parents was flying from the northern Nigerian city of Kano to Riyadh where Lawal noted the youngsters would undergo a “very delicate separation operation.”

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the KSrelief, recently met Lawal in the Saudi capital to discuss aid and relief issues, and projects being run by the center in Nigeria.

During the meeting, the ambassador praised the humanitarian work being conducted by Saudi Arabia, via the center, throughout the world.


Saudi Arabia to host next anti-Daesh coalition meeting in 2023

Saudi Arabia to host next anti-Daesh coalition meeting in 2023
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Saudi Arabia to host next anti-Daesh coalition meeting in 2023

Saudi Arabia to host next anti-Daesh coalition meeting in 2023
  • The international coalition welcomed the Kingdom’s announcement to host the ministerial meeting next year

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced it will host the next ministerial meeting of the International Coalition to Defeat Daesh in 2023, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.
The Kingdom made the announcement during its participation in the meeting of the coalition’s political directors, which was held in The Hague on Wednesday.
“The Kingdom’s announcement is an embodiment of its active role as a strategic partner in the international coalition, is in line with the international efforts made by the Kingdom to combat terrorist entities in all their forms and manifestations, and its role in supporting international cooperation to combat these entities,” the SPA statement said.
The coalition welcomed the Kingdom’s announcement to host the ministerial meeting next year.
Meanwhile, delegates at the meeting discussed joint international efforts to combat Daesh in Iraq, Syria and other regions, to clamp down on the terrorist organization, prevent its expansion and spread around the world, and to continue coordinating to eliminate them completely.