Saudi cultural exhibition in Paris attracts more than 5,400 visitors

An exhibition showcasing Saudi culture attracted more than 5,400 visitors while on display in the French capital Paris. (Supplied)
An exhibition showcasing Saudi culture attracted more than 5,400 visitors while on display in the French capital Paris. (Supplied)
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Updated 12 November 2023
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Saudi cultural exhibition in Paris attracts more than 5,400 visitors

An exhibition showcasing Saudi culture attracted more than 5,400 visitors while on display in the French capital Paris.
  • Saudi Culture Exhibition featured subject matter ranging from fashion to philosophy
  • It included photographic exhibition by late French researcher Thierry Mauger, who extensively documented aspects of culture and life in southern Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: An exhibition showcasing Saudi culture attracted more than 5,400 visitors while on display in the French capital Paris.

The two-week Saudi Culture Exhibition, organized by the Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission, featured subject matter ranging from fashion to philosophy.

It included a photographic exhibition by the late French researcher Thierry Mauger, who extensively documented aspects of culture and life in southern Saudi Arabia during the 1980s and 1990s through his photo books.

A display of rare manuscripts was presented in a collaboration between the Libraries Commission, King Abdulaziz Public Library, and King Fahd National Library, as well as exhibits of archaeological reproductions and models of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kingdom.

In addition, the event introduced the Tarjim initiative — that aims to bring Arabic texts to the world — a philosophy conference, and an interactive presentation of the main Vision 2030 projects.

Twelve seminars and panel discussions, seven poetry evenings, 10 screened short films and documentaries, and four heritage and culture performances involving Saudi writers, novelists, and experts in fashion, culinary arts, architecture, and history, were held as part of the exhibition event.

The seminars covered areas such as the significance of Saudi novels in the French cultural scene, characters in Saudi and French literature, the building of a creative economy, the future of the local fashion industry, preserving the heritage of the culinary arts through cook books, and Arabic and French language translations.

In line with the Year of Arabic Poetry, the program also featured poetry nights spotlighting Saudi poets such as Jassim Al-Sahih, Haider Al-Abdullah, and Abdul Latif bin Youssef.

French publishing house Assouline hosted a book launch for “Makkah: The Holy City of Islam” by Meraj Nawab Mirza, a historian and geographer at Umm Al-Qura University. The book includes photos by French photographer Laziz Hamani.

A second book, “Al-Madinah: The City of the Prophet,” by Taneedeb Al-Faydi, was also featured.

Seven short films were shown at the exhibition from the Daw’ Film Competition, a platform that champions emerging filmmakers. Movies included “Old School” by Alaa Faddan, “Street 105” by Abdulrahman Al-Jandal, “Pool” by Reema Al-Majid, “Video Tape Exchanged” by Maha Sa’ati, “Salique” by Afnan Bayan, and “A Monster from the Sky” by Maryam Khayyat.


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RIYADH: Officials from Saudi Arabia’s aid agency and the UN met in Riyadh on Wednesday to discuss ways to improve aid delivery across the world.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, royal court advisor and supervisor-general of KSrelief, met with Mohamed El-Zarkani, the UN’s resident coordinator in Saudi Arabia.

El-Zarkani praised Saudi Arabia for assisting the UN’s various humanitarian and aid agencies.


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KSrelief distributes 950 food parcels to displaced people in Khartoum

KSrelief distributes 950 food parcels to displaced people in Khartoum

KHARTOUM STATE: Saudi Arabia’s KSrelief distributed 950 food parcels in Sudan’s Khartoum State, benefiting 7,566 displaced people as part of the project to support food security in the country.
The assistance forms part of the humanitarian and relief projects Saudi Arabia provides through its humanitarian arm in Sudan to alleviate the suffering of people displaced by the war.


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KSrelief to provide equipment to Sudan children’s hospitals

KSrelief to provide equipment to Sudan children’s hospitals

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s aid agency KSrelief signed a cooperation agreement on Wednesday with the Patients Helping Fund Organization in Sudan to provide essential medical equipment to the country’s children’s hospitals.

Ahmed Al-Baiz, KSrelief’s assistant supervisor-general of operations and programs, and Kamal Yaqoub Mohamed, director-general of the fund, signed the agreement in Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The aim is to reduce mortality rates in the Kassala and El-Obeid hospitals.

The new equipment will directly benefit 100,000 individuals and another 100,000 indirect beneficiaries.

The agreement is part of the Kingdom’s ongoing efforts, led by KSrelief, to support Sudan’s health sector.


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RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, held talks on Wednesday on the sidelines of a meeting of G20 foreign ministers in Rio de Janeiro.

They discussed the relationship between their countries and ways in which it might be enhanced in various fields, the Saudi Press Agency reported. They also reviewed the latest regional and international developments, particularly those relating to Israel’s war on Gaza.

The Saudi ambassador to Brazil, Faisal Ghulam, and the assistant director general of the foreign minister’s office, Walid Al-Smail, were also present at the meeting.


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RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met on Wednesday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Rio de Janeiro.

The pair discussed developments in Gaza and efforts aimed at resolving the crisis.

Earlier, Prince Faisal said in his remarks during Foreign Ministers’ Meeting that the G20 countries bear the responsibility to act decisively to end the disaster in the Gaza Strip, which poses urgent threats to regional peace and prosperity as well as global economic stability.