Saudi sculptor shapes new worlds

Saqid specializes in creating handmade mugs with three-dimensional figures of animals and humans. (Supplied)
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Saqid specializes in creating handmade mugs with three-dimensional figures of animals and humans. (Supplied)
Saudi sculptor shapes new worlds
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Saqid said: “Art speaks and works to convey messages and feelings that a person may not be able to express, but express them through a piece of art.” (Supplied)
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Sadiqs says her next project will be a collection of designs that reflect Saudi culture and vision. (Supplied)
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Updated 25 November 2023
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Saudi sculptor shapes new worlds

Saqid specializes in creating handmade mugs with three-dimensional figures of animals and humans. (Supplied)
  • After the birth of my daughter, I discovered that I had a sense for art, such as the art of decoupage and recycling … I was looking for something aesthetically pleasing to the eye

RIYADH: Saudi sculptor Sara Sadiq uses clay to create custom-made, vibrant works of art that are also functional.

Sadiq specializes in creating handmade mugs with three-dimensional figures of animals, mythological creatures and people.

For her new collection, Sadiq is gifting mugs to inspirational Saudi women. “I’m currently devoting this time to creating a collection dedicated to Saudi women,” she said.




Saqid specializes in creating handmade mugs with three-dimensional figures of animals and humans. (Supplied)

One of the first pieces in her “women’s empowerment” collection was given to Saudi painter Nouf Al-Jamea, who inspired Sadiq in her artistic journey.

“Art speaks and works to convey messages and feelings that a person may not be able to express (otherwise),” Sadiq said.

Motherhood opened new doors for Sadiq, allowing her to discover a passion and talent that she did not know she had: “After the birth of my daughter, I discovered that I had a sense for art, such as the art of decoupage and recycling … I was looking for something aesthetically pleasing to the eye.”




Saqid specializes in creating handmade mugs with three-dimensional figures of animals and humans. (Supplied)

Social media platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube introduced Sadiq to a range of tutorials — and inspiration.

“I was following the accounts of artists who used thermal clay and sculpture, and I was very amazed by their work, so I wondered to myself, ‘Why don’t I try something like this?’”

Sadiq visited the nearest stationary shop and bought refractory clay. “The result was beautiful. I saw people’s admiration … then I searched for sources that provided the best types of refractory clay since I knew how to use it and shape it and eventually start the project with it.”




One of the first pieces in her women's empowerment collection was given to Saudi painter Nouf Al-Jamea, who inspired Sadiq in her artistic journey. (Supplied)

She uses two types of refractory clay to sculpt accessories, statues and mugs, and then bakes them in an electric oven.

“There are designs that I took inspiration from others, but I tried to add my own touches … and some of them I created,” she said. “I also really liked the idea of animal designs, which I used to draw inspiration from pictures and drawings.

“I tried to adhere as much as possible to traditions in terms of sculpture, so that I do not deviate from the scope of our traditions and culture, and the model I present is acceptable in the environment in which we also live.”

Sadiq said that her next project will be a collection of designs that reflect Saudi culture and vision.

Her social media platforms continue to grow while she receives positive feedback from the local community.

“I am happy that (my) works have reached the Gulf countries, and my dream is to reach countries abroad,” she said.

Sadiq said that she has turned her dreams into reality by investing in her artistic energy. This was possible due to the “continuous encouragement from my relatives and their support, especially my dear sister, my first supporter, and also my children who are also the motivators that I am developing more in this field.”

Her advice to artists is to pay attention to their calling.

“In the end, I would like to advise everyone not to hesitate to invest in the creative and artistic energy within themselves,” she said. “I am a mother of two children and an employee, but I also give the (artistic) energy within me time and also try to develop it and leave a mark on society.”

To view Sadiq’s artwork, visit her Instagram @sara_prettyarts.


Saudi cultural center to launch reading, anti-desertification project

Saudi cultural center to launch reading, anti-desertification project
Updated 28 February 2024
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Saudi cultural center to launch reading, anti-desertification project

Saudi cultural center to launch reading, anti-desertification project
  • Ithra in Dhahran hosts event which includes Alexandria and Rabat
  • Goal is to read 500,000 pages and plant 5,000 trees in 3 Arab cities

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture launches Thursday a three-day reading marathon and anti-desertification project, that will take place in three Arab cities.

Also known as Ithra, the center will host the event in cooperation with the Library of Alexandria and the Moroccan National Library. It will be held simultaneously in the Kingdom’s city of Dhahran, Alexandria in Egypt and Rabat in Morocco, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

The center is promoting reading, especially in public libraries, and all three cities will ensure a tree is planted for every 100 pages read.

The aim is to have participants read 500,000 pages and plant 5,000 trees.

To plant the trees, the Ithra center is working with the National Center for Vegetation Development to Combat Desertification in Saudi Arabia, and authorities in Egypt and Morocco.

Each reader will receive a commemorative medal for participating.

Bronze medals will be awarded to those who read 100 pages, silver for 200 pages, and gold for 1,000 pages.

The first edition of the marathon was held inside the Ithra library, achieving 162,000 pages read and 1,622 trees planted. The second edition was also held in the Ithra library and two libraries in Riyadh and Tabuk, with 422,000 pages read and 4,222 trees planted.

The planting of seedlings took place in October in the Al-Ahsa National Park with the participation of several readers.


Saudi crown prince meets with Ukraine president in Riyadh

Saudi crown prince meets with Ukraine president in Riyadh
Updated 28 February 2024
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Saudi crown prince meets with Ukraine president in Riyadh

Saudi crown prince meets with Ukraine president in Riyadh
  • Saudi-Ukrainian relations, latest developments in Ukrainian-Russian war were discussed
  • Crown prince stressed Kingdom’s support for all international efforts aimed at resolving crisis

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in Riyadh on Tuesday.

During their meeting, aspects of Saudi-Ukrainian relations were reviewed, and the latest developments in the Ukrainian-Russian war were discussed, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

The crown prince stressed the Kingdom’s support for all international endeavors and efforts aimed at resolving the crisis and achieving peace, and continuing efforts to alleviate the humanitarian repercussions of the war. 

Zelensky wrote on social media platform X that he would discuss prisoners of war and deportees with the crown prince.

“The Kingdom’s leadership has already contributed to the release of our people. I am confident that this meeting will also yield results,” he wrote. 

The crown prince was involved in securing the release of 10 foreign prisoners captured in Ukraine in September 2022 which then enabled a major prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine.

The president added that he will discuss “promising areas of economic cooperation and Saudi Arabia’s involvement in Ukraine’s reconstruction” during his visit. 

Zelensky left Riyadh later on Tuesday evening and was seen off by deputy govenor of Riyadh Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz.


Saudi, Qatari communications ministers discuss joint initiatives to support growth of digital economy

Saudi, Qatari communications ministers discuss joint initiatives to support growth of digital economy
Updated 28 February 2024
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Saudi, Qatari communications ministers discuss joint initiatives to support growth of digital economy

Saudi, Qatari communications ministers discuss joint initiatives to support growth of digital economy
  • The parties discussed ways to expand the strategic partnership between the countries in digital government

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Alswaha on Tuesday met his Qatari counterpart Mohammed Al-Mannai in Doha, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The parties discussed ways to expand the strategic partnership between the countries in digital government and the digital economy, and techniques to enhance the innovation and entrepreneurship system.

“This is in line with the aspirations of the Saudi-Qatari Coordination Council to support and strengthen the partnership between the two brotherly countries,” the SPA’s statement said.

The meeting was attended by several leaders of national technology companies in the fields of business, digital transformation, and digital health solutions, along with other representatives from both parties.


Saudi Cabinet approves new railway law

Saudi Cabinet approves new railway law
Updated 28 February 2024
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Saudi Cabinet approves new railway law

Saudi Cabinet approves new railway law

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet approved on Tuesday new regulations that govern the railways in the Kingdom.

The decision “supports achieving the goals of the National Transport & Logistics Strategy, and contributes to the governance of the railway sector and regulates the relationship between the infrastructure owner, the operator and the beneficiary,” Minister of Transport and Logistic Services Saleh Al-Jasser said.

The new regulations will ensure that railway services providers continue to apply the highest standards and requirements for safety and quality, and will develop policies and legislation that ensure fair competitiveness, the minister added.

In 2023, the number of railways passengers exceeded 11.2 million, a 55% increase compared to 2022. Trains also transported 24.7 million tons of goods and minerals, an increase of 6% during the same year.

Al-Jasser stated that regulations will contribute to encouraging use and ensure the protection of railways, their infrastructure, and facilities in accordance with internationally approved standards. 

The new law also specified penalties to protect railway tracks from violations and damage to the network.

The minister thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for approving the new law.


Saudi Cabinet calls for an end to escalation of military operations in Gaza

Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet held a meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet held a meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 27 February 2024
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Saudi Cabinet calls for an end to escalation of military operations in Gaza

Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet held a meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet called for an end to the escalation in military operations in Gaza and the dire humanitarian crisis that it is causing, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

The Cabinet also reviewed the outcomes of the Kingdom’s participation in a two-day meeting of G20 foreign ministers in Rio de Janeiro and its vision regarding the group’s role in dealing with existing international tensions and restructuring global governance.

The Cabinet also reiterated the Kingdom’s support for regional and international efforts to ban all types of weapons of mass destruction as was expressed during its participation in the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

The Cabinet also praised the outcomes of a recent Arab Interior Ministers’ Council held in Tunisia and stressed the Kingdom’s constant keenness to support and enhance joint Arab action in all fields in a way that contributes to establishing the foundations of security, stability, and prosperity in the region.