Saudi FM discusses Gaza with Egypt, Jordan and Morocco counterparts

Saudi FM discusses Gaza with Egypt, Jordan and Morocco counterparts
The minister spoke about ways to intensify joint action to stop the military escalation and forced displacement of the Gazan population. (AFP)
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Saudi FM discusses Gaza with Egypt, Jordan and Morocco counterparts

Saudi FM discusses Gaza with Egypt, Jordan and Morocco counterparts

DUBAI: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Saturday discussed the Gaza escalation with his Egyptian, Jordanian and Moroccan counterparts during separate phone calls.

The minister spoke about ways to intensify joint action to stop the military escalation and forced displacement of the Gazan population.

He called for the international community to play its role in lifting the siege on Gaza, and for the Israeli occupation to adhere to international humanitarian law, including allowing food and relief supplies to reach the enclave.


Princess Nourah unveils Asprey collection inspired by Saudi heritage

Princess Nourah unveils Asprey collection inspired by Saudi heritage
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Princess Nourah unveils Asprey collection inspired by Saudi heritage

Princess Nourah unveils Asprey collection inspired by Saudi heritage
  • The redesigned Pochette 1781 bags pay homage to Kingdom’s five regions with distinct motifs, colors

RIYADH: An artful new collaboration between Princess Nourah Al-Faisal and luxury brand Asprey brings together Saudi Arabian aesthetics and British sophistication.

The royal designer of Nuun Jewels teamed up with Asprey ahead of Saudi Arabia’s Jewellery Salon 2024 to produce limited-edition versions of the iconic Pochette 1781 by Asprey.

The Pochette 1781, as interpreted by Princess Nourah in five styles representing regions of the Kingdom through traditional embroidery and patterns, is part of the capsule collection that will be on display in Riyadh and Jeddah.

Saudi heritage and diversity is at the heart of the collection. Princess Nourah said: “My goal with this collection was to embody the five main regions of Saudi Arabia, by highlighting the regional difference and diversity of each region and the absolute beauty of our heritage.”

Princess Nourah said that each design reflected the essence of each of the five regions, “highlighting their intertwined colors and the beauty of their decorations and techniques.

“By embracing and celebrating the diversity within our heritage, I aimed to create a visual narrative that instilled a sense of pride and connection between individuals across the Kingdom,” she said.

The traditional clothing, architectural elements and vibrant colors that define each region are beautifully expressed through intricate and one-of-a-kind embroidered designs made with the finest materials and craftsmanship.

The 1781 Pochette capsule collection of Asprey x Nuun Jewels features five colors and patterns. (Supplied)

Princess Nourah, who is also the CEO of Art of Heritage, a socially responsible organization committed to the preservation and conservation of Saudi cultural heritage, said: “To ensure authenticity and accuracy, I extensively used the Art of Heritage archive as a reference, which served as an important source for the patterns used in my designs. Through this collaboration, I also sought to present the cultural richness of Saudi Arabia.

“My goal was to invite people from all over the world to show appreciation and admiration for the complexity, beauty and deep meaning inherent in our cultural fabric.”  

The Art of Heritage is an organization dedicated to protecting Saudi Arabia’s cultural legacy. More than 57,000 distinctive objects, including clothing, jewelry, textiles and photos, are housed in its archive.

The new collection falls within Asprey’s mission of collaborating with global creatives and giving them the freedom to re-present the brand in contemporary ways while providing a platform to celebrate their craft and artistic skills, as well as cultural background.

“I am very excited and honored by this first collaboration with the creative Princess Nourah Al-Faisal. She has reintroduced the iconic Asprey Pochette 1781 bag from the house of Asprey, creating unique and collectible pieces through the application of craftsmanship and designs full of cultural aspects,” said John Rigas, president of Asprey.

The Pochette 1781 bag, part of the distinctive Asprey 1781 collection inspired by the travel bags of the early 20th century, can be carried by hand or around the body using a detachable shoulder strap.

The Asprey x Nuun Jewels collection will be displayed at Jewellery Salon trade shows in Riyadh from Feb. 20-23 and Jeddah from Feb. 27 to March 1.


NEOM scholarship student successes celebrated at Chicago event

NEOM scholarship student successes celebrated at Chicago event
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NEOM scholarship student successes celebrated at Chicago event

NEOM scholarship student successes celebrated at Chicago event
  • Gathering attended by 118 Tabuk region students, 49 received special achievement awards
  • NEOM’s scholarship program has supported 740 Saudi students since 2019 launch

RIYADH: High-performing students from the Tabuk region of Saudi Arabia have been honored for their achievements on a scholarship program run as part of the NEOM megacity project in the Kingdom’s northwest.

Awards were presented at a special event held in the American city of Chicago.

Led by NEOM CEO Nadhmi Al-Nasr, the occasion celebrated the educational achievements of 130 participants from NEOM’s 2023 Scholarship Program.

The scheme provides sponsorship for Tabuk students to pursue tertiary studies abroad, as well as gain work experience.

A total of 118 students from the 2023 cohort attended the Chicago event, and 49 were honored for their academic excellence or innovative contributions.

Following on from last year’s gathering in Washington, DC, the Chicago event featured three presentations by students about key NEOM projects Trojena, Oxagon, and ENOWA.

Among those attending the event were Prof. Andreas Cangellaris, founding president of NEOM University, Dr. Mahmoud Alyamany, head of health and well-being, and Nada Alshaibani, head of the NEOM Digital Media Academy.

Al-Nasr said: “This event celebrates the remarkable achievements of our scholarship recipients. NEOM takes great pride in being a catalyst for these bright, young minds by fostering academic excellence and vital community involvement.

“In addition to their studies, the students take part in field trips and internships at NEOM, offering them invaluable practical exposure to our diverse sectors and operations.

“We aim to cultivate a generation that not only excels in their respective fields but actively contributes to Saudi Vision 2030 – building a dynamic society, fueling economic prosperity, and shaping an ambitious nation.”

The NEOM scholarship initiative targets Saudi students and high-achieving school leavers. Since its inception in 2019, the program has supported 740 undergraduate students and recent graduates.

Students enrolled on the program study at top institutions in Saudi Arabia, the UK, and the US.

Upon completion of their studies, the scholarship recipients are offered positions within NEOM sectors, their knowledge and skills aligned with the expertise required for its future development.


Rare collectibles on display for Saudi Founding Day

Rare collectibles on display for Saudi Founding Day
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Rare collectibles on display for Saudi Founding Day

Rare collectibles on display for Saudi Founding Day
  • Books by prominent explorers who visited the Kingdom throughout history will also be displayed

RIYADH: Rare collectibles and antiques spanning decades of Saudi history are front and center of a new exhibition at the King Abdulaziz Public Library in Riyadh.

The historical exhibition is being held alongside activities marking Saudi Founding Day, which is held annually on Feb. 22.

Children taking part in the activities will visit pediatric patients at the Shumaisi Hospital as part of the library’s socio-cultural program.

The library’s branch at the King Salman Social Center is also hosting an exhibition of Saudi landmarks, showcasing a collection of rare images depicting the Kingdom’s history across various historical periods.

Books by prominent explorers who visited the Kingdom throughout history will also be displayed, accompanied by images from travel diaries. A cinematic film will be shown to visitors, depicting the lifestyles of people living across the Arabian Peninsula throughout history.

At its King Abdulaziz Historical Center branch, the library is hosting a series of family events, activating the Year of the Camel initiative proposed by the Ministry of Culture for 2024. Heritage corners featuring children’s stories will also be displayed, in cooperation with the Diriyah Gate Development Authority.

A series of mobile libraries will also support Founding Day activities. More than 1,000 titles from the library’s collections will be available to the public in several public parks on Feb. 27, with the help of the Saudi Elderly Support Organization.


Arab News deputy editor-in-chief wins Happy Influencer award in Riyadh

Arab News deputy editor-in-chief wins Happy Influencer award in Riyadh
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Arab News deputy editor-in-chief wins Happy Influencer award in Riyadh

Arab News deputy editor-in-chief wins Happy Influencer award in Riyadh

RIYADH: Arab News Deputy Editor-in-Chief Noor Nugali won the Happy Influencer award in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The first Corporate Happiness Awards winners were announced in a ceremony in the Saudi capital, celebrating Saudi achievements in workplace well-being.

The ceremony awarded 19 honors to public and private organizations and leaders who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to promoting happiness and well-being within their workplaces.

AN Photo by Abdulrahman Shalhoub

Organized by Cosmos, the Corporate Happiness Awards event took place on Feb. 20-21.

CEO of Cosmos Roni El-Haddad told Arab News that the awards shine a spotlight on Saudi companies and individuals who have surpassed expectations in creating environments that foster employees’ happiness, engagement, and personal growth.

Nugali won the award under the Social Power category. She dedicated the award to Arab News, acknowledging its contribution in fostering a healthy environment that enables people to thrive.

Under the Women Empowerment category, Jahez won the award for private organizations, and journalist Weam Al-Dakheel received the award for social individual.

Arab News Deputy Editor-in-Chief Noor Nugali won the Happy Influencer award under the Social Power category. (Photo/Abdulrhman Bin Shalhoub)

SAMI Advanced Electronics and Matarat Holding won the private organization award in the Well-Being category.

Flynas received the award in the Diversity and Inclusion category, while the award for the Culture Excellent Work Environment category went to Abdul Latif Jameel Enterprises.

El-Haddad said the awards aim to inspire others to follow suit and prioritize employee well-being as a fundamental aspect of organizational success.

Under the Women Empowerment category, Jahez won the award for private organizations and journalist Weam Al-Dakheel for social individual. (Photo/Abdulrhman Bin Shalhoub)

“Our aim at Cosmos is to deliver this message to all government and private companies and everyone who would be happy to support such an initiative and be part of a future where employees at any position, any identity, or any category within the company can work together in a happy work environment,” El-Haddad told Arab News.

The second Corporate Happiness Awards event will be held in Dubai in November 2024.


Japan emperor’s 64th birthday celebrated in Riyadh

Japan emperor’s 64th birthday celebrated in Riyadh
Fumio Iwai, the nation’s ambassador, held a reception at his residence in the capital to mark the occasion. (Supplied)
Updated 21 February 2024
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Japan emperor’s 64th birthday celebrated in Riyadh

Japan emperor’s 64th birthday celebrated in Riyadh
  • Strengthening business ties between Saudi Arabia and Japan, says Tokyo’s ambassador at celebrations
  • Several firms have opened offices in Kingdom, and visa processes eased for Saudi citizens

RIYADH: Japan’s Emperor Naruhito’s 64th birthday was celebrated by the country’s embassy representatives in Riyadh on Tuesday.

Fumio Iwai, the nation’s ambassador, held a reception at his residence in the capital to mark the occasion.

The ceremony was attended by Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, deputy governor of the Riyadh region, as well as representatives of diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia.

In a speech, Iwai highlighted the progress of Japan-Saudi Arabia relations over the years. He said there have been frequent high-level contact between officials from both nations, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s visit last July to Saudi Arabia.

Additionally, he said Japan was honored to host Saudi Arabia’s ministers of defense, industry and mineral resources, and communications and information technology in Tokyo in 2023.

The ambassador said that Japan’s private sector businesses signed 40 agreements across various industries with Saudi Arabia firms in 2023.

Iwai added that seven Japanese companies have opened offices in the Kingdom.

He said Japan has made it easier for Saudi Arabia citizens to visit the country, with the introduction of electronic and multiple-entry visas. The number of visas issued to Saudi Arabia citizens in 2023 was four times higher than in 2022.

He said next year will mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Saudi Arabia.