Saudi Food and Drug Authority CEO attends opening of World Food India 2023 expo

Dr. Hisham bin Saad Al-Jadhaie met regulatory, industry and investment authority officials on the sidelines of the exhibition. (SPA)
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Dr. Hisham bin Saad Al-Jadhaie met regulatory, industry and investment authority officials on the sidelines of the exhibition. (SPA)
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Dr. Hisham bin Saad Al-Jadhaie met regulatory, industry and investment authority officials on the sidelines of the exhibition. (SPA)
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Saudi Food and Drug Authority CEO attends opening of World Food India 2023 expo

Dr. Hisham bin Saad Al-Jadhaie met regulatory, industry and investment authority officials on the sidelines of the exhibition. (
  • The expo offers investment and cooperation opportunities in food processing, technology, manufacturing, supply chains, logistics services and retail

NEW DELHI: The CEO of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, Dr. Hisham bin Saad Al-Jadhaie, took part on Friday in the opening of the World Food India 2023 conference organized by the Indian Ministry of Food Processing Industries in partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry.

Held in New Delhi between Nov. 3-5, the event was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Al-Jadhaie met regulatory, industry and investment authority officials on the sidelines of the exhibition. He also viewed prominent pavilions at the event, which brings together more than 1,000 companies. The expo offers investment and cooperation opportunities in food processing, technology, manufacturing, supply chains, logistics services and retail.

 


Stage is set for Saudi Arabia’s first Arabic grand opera

Stage is set for Saudi Arabia’s first Arabic grand opera
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Stage is set for Saudi Arabia’s first Arabic grand opera

Stage is set for Saudi Arabia’s first Arabic grand opera
  • ‘Zarqa Al-Yamama’ aims to bring Saudi heritage to life and lead the way into a new cultural era in the Kingdom
  • Saudi singers Sawsan Al-Bahiti, Khayran Al-Zahrani and Reemaz Oqbi take on 3 key roles in the opera

RIYADH: With just a week to go, the stage is set for the eagerly anticipated first performance of “Zarqa Al-Yamama,” which organizers describe as the first grand Saudi opera in Arabic, at King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh on April 25.

The libretto will be sung in Arabic, which is rare in opera as the vast majority of works are performed in European languages. As such, the Kingdom’s Theater and Performing Arts Commission said the event, which takes place under the patronage of Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, marks a turning point in an increasingly vibrant Saudi cultural scene, given the high artistic value of opera and the interest of connoisseurs and audiences around the world in the art form.

“Zarqa Al-Yamama” is based on well-known sung poems and music inspired by the operatic tradition, together with elements of Saudi music. It tells the story of the legendary figure Zarqa Al-Yamama, who lived in the Al-Yamama region of Najd during the pre-Islamic era and is caught up in a dispute between her tribe and another that ends in tragedy.

The producers describe the opera as a poignant tragedy with breathtaking suspense, brought to life in a state-of-the-art theatrical production filled with sweeping orchestral movements and mesmerizing choral performances that deliver a unique cultural experience. 

Sawsan AlBahiti. (Supplied)

Sultan Al-Bazie, the CEO of the Theater and Performing Arts Commission, said the opera embodies well-established elements of Saudi heritage and presents a well-known story within a contemporary framework that reflects modern artistic trends and audience expectations.

It is a collaborative project featuring Saudi and international artists. Saudi poet Saleh Zamanan, who has received several local and international awards for his poetry and plays, wrote the words, inspired by the historical story of Zarqa and adding his own literary stamp.

Saudi artists Sawsan Al-Bahiti, Khayran Al-Zahrani and Reemaz Oqbi take on three key roles in the opera, which is a sign of the progress in the development of musical entertainment in the Kingdom.

“I will be performing the role of the bridesmaid, which is part of a major scene in the opera where the story takes a major turn to more thrilling events,” Al-Bahiti told Arab News.

Considered the first Saudi opera singer, she has been leading the way in the development of the Saudi opera scene and “Zarqa Al-Yamama” provides the latest showcase for her incredible vocal talent. She said the production is contemporary and innovative, and demonstrates a rich complexity that will captivate the audience.

“From the day I started training as an opera singer in 2008, I dreamed of an original Saudi opera production sung in Arabic,” said Al-Bahiti. “This day has finally come, and arrived sooner than I expected, which makes me even happier.”

Amid the rapid development and evolution of all forms of entertainment in Saudi Arabia in recent years, “Zarqa Al-Yamama” represents a significant step forward for opera in the Kingdom, and Al-Bahiti serves as a shining example of the growing opportunities as the art form continues to evolve and grow.

“Zarqa Al-Yamama” will run from April 25 until May 4, with 10 performances scheduled.


Saudi FM receives phone call from EU foreign policy chief

Saudi FM receives phone call from EU foreign policy chief
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Saudi FM receives phone call from EU foreign policy chief

Saudi FM receives phone call from EU foreign policy chief
  • Officials discussed Gaza war

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call on Wednesday from European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, Saudi Press Agency reported.
The officials discussed the latest developments in the Gaza Strip and its surrounding areas, and the international efforts being made to end the war.
Earlier in February, Prince Faisal and Borrell held similar discussions on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

 


The 44th King Abdulaziz Qur’an competition begins in August

The 44th King Abdulaziz Qur’an competition begins in August
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The 44th King Abdulaziz Qur’an competition begins in August

The 44th King Abdulaziz Qur’an competition begins in August
  • Total prize pool of SR4m in prestigious event

RIYADH: The 44th King Abdulaziz International Competition for the Memorization, Recitation, and Interpretation of the Qur’an begins in early August in Makkah, the Saudi Press Agency has reported.

The prestigious event, which attracts contestants from around the globe, offers a total prize pool of SR4 million ($1.07 million).

The competition is divided into five categories: memorization of the entire Holy Qur’an, with accurate recitation and intonation following the seven rules of recitation; memorization of the Qur’an along with interpretation of its terms; memorization of 15 juz (parts) of the Qur’an with proper recitation and intonation; memorization of five juz with correct recitation and intonation; and a category for shorter lengths of memorization with corresponding recitation and intonation requirements.

In the first category, the top three winners will receive SR500,000, SR450,000, and SR400,000.

The event’s closing ceremony will be held at the Grand Mosque in Makkah.

Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh expressed gratitude toward the Kingdom’s leaders for their dedication to the Qur’an, adding that the competition showcased the country’s commitment to promoting its values among Saudi Arabia’s youth.
 


Saudi students shine at European math Olympiad

Saudi students shine at European math Olympiad
Updated 17 April 2024
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Saudi students shine at European math Olympiad

Saudi students shine at European math Olympiad
  • Olympiad is an international math competition for high school girls with a passion for the subject beyond the standard curriculum
  • Saudi students Fatimah Hassan Buali from Al-Ahsa and Retaj Al-Saleh from the Eastern Province earned a bronze medal and a certificate of appreciation, respectively

RIYADH: Two Saudi students excelled in the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad held in Georgia from April 11-17.

The Olympiad is an international math competition for high school girls with a passion for the subject beyond the standard curriculum. This year, 212 students from 54 countries participated.

Saudi Arabia, represented by the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) and the Ministry of Education, won two medals in the event.

Saudi students Fatimah Hassan Buali from Al-Ahsa and Retaj Al-Saleh from the Eastern Province earned a bronze medal and a certificate of appreciation, respectively.

This is the Kingdom’s 12th participation in Mathematical Olympiad. Over the years, Saudi students have won two gold, six silver, and 13 bronze medals, as well as seven certificates of appreciation.

Mawhiba’s Secretary-General Amal bint Abdullah Al-Hazzaa said that the students’ successes highlight the integration between Kingdom’s institutions and its commitment to advancing young talents through education and training in line with international standards.

She praised the cooperation between Mawhiba and the Ministry of Education, a partnership that aims to develop Saudi human capital in line with the National Transformation Program and Saudi Vision 2030.

Mawhiba, in strategic collaboration with the Ministry of Education, operates the Mawhiba Program for International Olympiads, preparing Saudi teams for such competitions. This includes advanced training and curriculum development, aligning with the annual Saudi scientific teams’ participation in international competitions. 

The Saudi girls participating in the Mathematical Olympiad underwent intensive training to develop their scientific skills, and were nominated to participate based on their results in the training forums held by Mawhiba.


Saudi FM receives Armenian counterpart in Riyadh

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan receives his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan receives his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
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Saudi FM receives Armenian counterpart in Riyadh

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan receives his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
  • During the meeting, the two officials reviewed bilateral relations and ways to strengthen and develop them in various fields

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan in Riyadh on Wednesday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

During the meeting, the two officials reviewed bilateral relations and ways to strengthen and develop them in various fields. 

They also discussed the latest regional and international developments and efforts made with regard to them.