Saudi Arabia unveils Expo 2025 Osaka pavilion design and logo

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The pavilion aims to reflect the story of Saudi Arabia from antiquity to the present and into the future. (SPA)
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The pavilion aims to reflect the story of Saudi Arabia from antiquity to the present and into the future. (SPA)
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Updated 19 November 2023
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Saudi Arabia unveils Expo 2025 Osaka pavilion design and logo

Saudi Arabia unveils Expo 2025 Osaka pavilion design and logo
  • Pavilion aims to reflect story of Saudi Arabia from antiquity to the present and into the future, Kingdom’s culture minister tells gala dinner

OSAKA: Saudi Arabia hosted a Cultural Gala dinner at Osaka's River Dojima Forum, held under the patronage of Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Culture, unveiling its pavilion design and logo for Expo 2025 Osaka.

“It's a great pleasure to be here in Japan and particularly to be here in Osaka, one of the great cities of the Far East,” Hamed Fayez, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Culture said. “Saudi Arabia is excited to participate in Expo 2025 Osaka because we recognize that as a nation to which again and again the world looks for inspiration and leadership, Japan is and will be the perfect host.”

The pavilion aims to reflect the story of Saudi Arabia from antiquity to the present and into the future. Prince Badr highlighted the Kingdom’s promotion of culture and the arts, which has seen the establishment of numerous museums and art galleries in recent years, as well as its energy and environmental plans.




The pavilion highlights the wonders of Saudi Arabia, is environmentally friendly, and blends tradition with modernity. (SPA)

Sumayah Al-Solaiman, CEO of the Architecture and Design Commission, spoke on the symbolic representation of the building and its concept, which encompasses the different aspects of the Kingdom’s historical traditions and culture. The pavilion highlights the wonders of Saudi Arabia, is environmentally friendly, and blends tradition with modernity.

Al-Solaiman said that the aim of the design is “to create a journey of discovery that’s ultimately about cultural exchange and sharing knowledge between visitors from all around the world and the people of Saudi Arabia.”

She added: “The pavilion’s design highlights the many harmonies and shared attributes between the cultures of Saudi Arabia and Japan, and the idea is to establish impactful, meaningful connections by unifying the people of both nations.

“The pavilion will enable a journey of exploration that will transport you to Saudi Arabia’s towns and villages, with a central courtyard that embodies a sense of calm during the day and provides excitement and entertainment during the evening to create a building that is authentic not just to Saudi Arabia, but also to its context in Osaka, a pavilion that is ultimately a celebration of human experiences.”

Al-Solaiman said that the pavilion will be composed of different blocks where the inside and the outside mix, like the typical courtyard of Saudi homes. Evening, concerts and attractions will bring the courtyard to life. In keeping with the aim of being environmentally friendly, there will be solar panels on the roofs of each block, so the pavilion will emit very little carbon dioxide.

Othman Almazyad, the commissioner-general of Saudi Arabia’s Osaka pavilion, who studied in Japan, commented on Japanese hospitality and respect for traditions.

Guests at the dinner, which was prepared by Saudi chefs, were greeted by a curated photo exhibition of Saudi Arabia and were shown a video titled “Kingdom on the Rise,” before a 3D model of the Saudi pavilion was unveiled accompanied by a multimedia presentation. The event also included live Arabic calligraphy, a Samri performance, and the serving of dates and coffee.

Between the speeches, Saudi musicians performed music from Saudi Arabia, accompanied by two groups of dancers.




 The event included live Arabic calligraphy, a Samri performance, and the serving of dates and coffee. (ANJ)

The Kingdom’s participation at Expo 2025 Osaka builds on the long-lasting relationship between Japan and Saudi Arabia, and the cultural gala celebrated increased investment, tourism and cultural exchange between the two countries.

Vice Minister of Culture and Chairman of the Executive Committee for Saudi Arabia at Expo 2025 Osaka Hamed bin Mohammed Fayez said: “With diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Japan first officially established in 1955, and the launch of Expo 2025 Osaka marking 70 years of official relations, the two nations share deep cultural traditions. Our heritage is both rooted in hospitality, generosity, a sense of community and a deep respect for others. As Saudi Arabia progresses ahead with Vision 2030, fostering economic diversification and cultural exchange, we look forward to celebrating our shared values at Expo 2025 Osaka.”

The event revealed the pavilion’s design curated by leading architects Foster + Partners, signifying a celebration of the Saudi and Japanese relationship through heritage and architecture. The sustainable design pays tribute to Saudi Arabia’s natural environment, blending the shapes of the desert with modern architectural elements, symbolizing a connection between historical legacy and future advancements.

With a strong emphasis on environmental responsibility, the design incorporates features to lower carbon emissions, uses energy-efficient lighting, implements rainwater harvesting, and is equipped with solar panels to produce clean energy.

The identity of Saudi Arabia at Expo 2025 Osaka was revealed through an innovative logo that blends the word “Saudi” in the aesthetic of Japanese script within the Kingdom’s map, depicted through Arabic calligraphy in a style reminiscent of Japanese penmanship. The unveiling of the logo complemented the architectural design of the pavilion.

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Young man converts farm into a tourism attraction in Al-Baha

Young man converts farm into a tourism attraction in Al-Baha
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Young man converts farm into a tourism attraction in Al-Baha

Young man converts farm into a tourism attraction in Al-Baha
  • Al-Barouqi Tourist Farm owner Ahmed Al-Barouqi rehabilitated the farm while preserving its agricultural terraces, famous trees and old wells
  • The farm is enjoying a surge in demand due to recent rainfall, the pristine atmosphere and the natural beauty of the area

AL-BAHA: A farmer in Al-Mandaq Governorate has turned his passion and hobby into a thriving tourism project.

Ahmed Al-Barouqi, who owns Al-Barouqi Tourist Farm in the governorate, northwest of Al-Baha, takes advantage of the mild climate and natural beauty of the area, including its agricultural terraces, historic village and picturesque valley, to attract visitors.  

With a mild climate and natural beauty of the area, the farm has become a tourist attraction.  (SPA)

The Saudi Press Agency interviewed Al-Barouqi, the young farmer in Al-Tarf, Wadi Rusba, behind Al-Barouqi Tourist Farm.

“My relationship with agriculture spans over 27 years, having grown up in a family surrounded by farms,” he said. “This inspired me to invest in the farm in Al-Tarf village, where we have fond childhood memories of planting grape, almond and fruit trees.

“I was determined to create a rural tourism investment model that harmonizes with the region’s natural features and moderate climate, providing a unique experience for visitors to the province,” he added.

Al-Barouqi said he rehabilitated the farm while preserving its agricultural terraces, famous trees and old wells. He created paved paths and seating areas and opened scenic views of the adjacent valley by adding seating areas.

Popular dishes, including tannour bread, coffee, and tea are offered to visitors in the farm. (SPA)

He also offers popular dishes, including tannour bread, coffee, and tea.

He highlighted the success of implementing drip irrigation for strawberry crops, which aligns with the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. This initiative has added value to the farm and its visitors, creating new agricultural investment opportunities and promoting a diverse agricultural culture. By diversifying products and experimenting with various crops, the farm aims to achieve self-sufficiency in producing crops for local markets.

Fruits are abundant in the farm. (SPA)

Al-Barouqi said: “Farming has created over 20 seasonal job opportunities for young men and women in the region and established sites for productive families.

“We have a comprehensive development plan and vision for the farm that includes agricultural, recreational and investment aspects. Investing in this sector results in pioneering commercial projects that provide a distinctive tourism experience in the Al-Baha region,” he added.

The farm is enjoying a surge in demand due to recent rainfall, the pristine atmosphere and the natural beauty of the area.


Shoura delegation discusses relations between Saudi Arabia and Senegal in Dakar

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Shoura delegation discusses relations between Saudi Arabia and Senegal in Dakar

Shoura delegation discusses relations between Saudi Arabia and Senegal in Dakar
  • Party on an official visit to the republic

DAKAR: A delegation from the Saudi-Senegalese Parliamentary Friendship Committee of the Shoura Council, led by  Dr. Ayman bin Saleh Fadel, council member and committee chairman, met Senegal’s Minister of African Integration and Foreign Affairs Yassine Fall at the ministry’s headquarters in Dakar.

The delegation is currently conducting an official visit to the Republic of Senegal and the two parties discussed bilateral relations as well as possible cooperation in multiple sectors to enhance coordination. Other topics were also discussed.


A journey through time: Tahlel Museum’s tribute to Asir’s culture 

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Updated 25 May 2024
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A journey through time: Tahlel Museum’s tribute to Asir’s culture 

A journey through time: Tahlel Museum’s tribute to Asir’s culture 
  • The museum is home to many heritage pieces, including coins, traditional costumes, wood art, and agricultural tools
  • It also includes the owner's artistic works of Al-Qatt Al-Asiri, geometric shapes, and tribal symbols painted in vibrant colors 

ASIR: Perched atop the Souda Mountains in the Abha region of Asir province in southern Saudi Arabia is a modest museum created by an Asiri woman called Halima Asiri. 

Passionate about old Saudi heritage, Asiri established the Tahlel Museum in a small traditional house. 

Halima Asiri is a woman who is passionate about old Saudi heritage, which led her to establish the Tahlel Museum. The museum is a small house in the shape of old Saudi buildings. (AN photo by Rahaf Jambi)

It includes many heritage pieces, including coins, traditional costumes, wood art, and agricultural tools. It also includes her artistic works of Al-Qatt Al-Asiri, geometric shapes, and tribal symbols painted in vibrant colors. 

“This is my small museum, where I exhibit the work of Al-Qatt Al-Asiri, a kind of natural color painting that have been certified by UNESCO as part of the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Each pattern has a name and a symbolic meaning. Men do not practice this art, thus women are the only ones who specialize in it,” Asiri told Arab News. 

Asiri is one of the few women who still uses natural materials to create the art of Al-Qatt Al-Asiri. These colors are extracted from coal, rice, turmeric, pomegranate peel, stones and other sources. 

“I take 24 colors from nature, such as clover, coal, stone, and leaves, grind them into a paste, and use that paste to paint canvases and walls,” she said.

Ancient coffee and teapots, clay cups, copper household utensils, and other artifacts are on display in one of the rooms. 

Tahlel Museum owner Halima Asiri is one of the few women who still uses natural materials to create the art of Al-Qatt Al-Asiri. (AN photos by Rahaf Jambi)

“The handcrafted items found here date back to 400-500 years, and the people of the Asir region used them all,” Asiri said. 

She incorporated a model of the old town in which she formerly resided in the museum. The town has since fallen into ruin. 

“The old roads were difficult, and women had to carry wood, walk, and climb mountains to get to their homes. The model that I constructed depicts the hardship and strength of women in Asir,” she explained. 

The museum also features the traditional attire worn by women in the Asir region. 

“I have items of clothing that Asir women wear on their wedding night. I also have regular clothes, like straw hats,” she added. 

Asiri started collecting antiques that date back centuries when she was young, and she made sure to collect antiques and present them in her museum in a unique way. 

There are numerous kinds of swords, weapons, and clothing that the locals used in battle displayed on the walls. 

The location also features a workshop where guests can learn how to paint Al-Qatt Al-Asiri works, in addition to selling her artwork on commission. 

“I teach Al-Qatt Al-Asiri art as a trainer. I frequently get big groups of people, and not so long ago, I trained a group of foreign women,” she said. 

The museum is also linked to a cafe where she serves traditional Asiri dishes like areekah using natural honey. 

“Many foreigners have visited, including ambassadors and ministers,” she said. 

Asiri greets visitors when entering the museum with a famous Asiri phrase, “a thousand welcomes.”

Owing to its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, the Asir region is highly sought-after by those seeking to explore unspoiled landscapes, wander through charming villages, and explore historic castles. 
 


Saudi crown prince speaks to acting Iranian president in light of tragedy

Saudi crown prince speaks to acting Iranian president in light of tragedy
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Saudi crown prince speaks to acting Iranian president in light of tragedy

Saudi crown prince speaks to acting Iranian president in light of tragedy
  • President Ebrahim Raisi and others were killed in helicopter crash 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made a telephone call on Friday to Mohammad Mokhber, the acting Iranian president, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The crown prince sent his condolences following the deaths of President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and others in a helicopter crash earlier this week.

Mokhber expressed his thanks to the crown prince for his kind sentiments.

The two sides also spoke of achievements in bilateral relations between the countries, stressing the importance of continuing to enhance cooperation.

The Iranian president, foreign minister and six others were killed on Sunday when the helicopter in which they were traveling crashed in dense fog in mountainous terrain near Iran’s border with Azerbaijan.


Saudi Arabia welcomes World Court ruling on Gaza

Saudi Arabia welcomes World Court ruling on Gaza
Updated 25 May 2024
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Saudi Arabia welcomes World Court ruling on Gaza

Saudi Arabia welcomes World Court ruling on Gaza
  • Kingdom said it appreciated the ICJ decision, which it called a positive step towards the moral and legal right of the Palestinian people

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed the Kingdom’s welcoming of a decision made Friday by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordering Israel to immediately stop military attacks or any other offensive actions in Rafah, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Kingdom said it appreciated the ICJ decision, which it called a positive step towards the moral and legal right of the Palestinian people.

It stressed the importance that international resolutions should involve all Palestinian areas in accordance with the relevant resolutions of international legitimacy.

Saudi Arabia also reiterated its call to the international community to shoulder its responsibilities to stop all forms of aggression against the Palestinian people.