‘Eltiqa’ show builds cultural bridges between Saudi Arabia, South Korea

‘Eltiqa,’ held in riyadh from nov. 26-28, was a cross-cultural artistic experience comprising 10 performances, five from each Saudi Arabia and Korea. (Supplied)
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The Saudi performances included Al-Samari, Al-Daha, Al-Liwa, Al-Khatwa, and Al-Khabiti. (Supplied)
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The earth force part delves into the deep-rooted cultural practices and traditions of the Kingdom and Korea with various wooden handicrafts from both regions. (Supplied)
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The Eltiqa was launched by TRITA in partnership with Korea National University of Arts. (Supplied)
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The Eltiqa initiative is part of TRITA’s initiatives aimed at enhancing the artistic movement and global cultural exchange in the Kingdom. (Supplied)
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The show began with a Korean and a Saudi performer meeting each other and exchanging a letter. (Supplied)
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The Korean performances showcased traditional Korean royal court music, with traditional Korean dances. (Supplied)
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The wind part of the exhibition explores the use of textile arts (Supplied)
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Short theatrical performances of a Saudi and a Korean performer depicting the unbreakable bond between the two nations. (Supplied)
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Updated 27 November 2023
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‘Eltiqa’ show builds cultural bridges between Saudi Arabia, South Korea

‘Eltiqa’ show builds cultural bridges between Saudi Arabia, South Korea
  • Three-day show in Riyadh features spectacular performances, artistic exhibition

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and South Korea came together at the Red Hall in Princess Noura University Theater on Sunday night for a series of performances blending the two cultures.

The show, which will conclude on Nov. 28, was launched by the Saudi Royal Institute of Traditional Arts in partnership with the Korea National University of Arts.




‘Eltiqa,’ held in riyadh from nov. 26-28, was a cross-cultural artistic experience comprising 10 performances, five from each Saudi Arabia and Korea. (Supplied)

Suzan Al-Yahya, CEO of the institute, said that the show aims to promote “global cultural exchange in the Kingdom and create a meeting point between the traditional arts of various countries.”

The show, titled “Eltiqa,” features 50 artists from both the Saudi institute and South Korean university performing dances that celebrate the diversity of the two cultures and reflect a fusion of artistic sensibilities.

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• ‘Eltiqa’ was launched by the Saudi Royal Institute of Traditional Arts in partnership with the Korea National University of Arts.

• It included an indoor exhibition exploring the two countries’ wooden handicrafts, textile arts, traditional art, and clay works.

The show opened with a Korean and Saudi performer meeting each other halfway across the stage and exchanging a letter, symbolizing the story of how the two nations met.




‘Eltiqa,’ held in riyadh from nov. 26-28, was a cross-cultural artistic experience comprising 10 performances, five from each Saudi Arabia and Korea. (Supplied)

This was followed by a cross-cultural artistic experience comprising 10 performances, five from each country.

The Korean performances showcased traditional royal court music and dances including the Three-Drum Dance, known in Korean as Samgomu.

It was an amazing performance, exceeding my expectations, and I felt close to the Korean audiences attending and seeing the two cultures merge.

Abdulaziz Taher, Riyadh-based artist

The last of the Korean performances included a traditional dance influenced by modern movements and musical rhythms.




‘Eltiqa,’ held in riyadh from nov. 26-28, was a cross-cultural artistic experience comprising 10 performances, five from each Saudi Arabia and Korea. (Supplied)

The five Saudi performances showcased dances from different regions of the Kingdom, reflecting the nation’s cultural diversity: Al-Samari, Al-Daha, Al-Liwa, Al-Khatwa, and Al-Khabiti.

Abdulaziz Taher, a Riyadh-based artist, said it was “hard to pick one favorite performance.”




Traditional Korean hairpins known as Binyeo are ornaments made from metal or horn. (Supplied)

He added: “It was an amazing performance, exceeding my expectations, and I felt close to the Korean audiences attending and seeing the two cultures merge.”

In between dances, a short theatrical performance depicted Saudi Arabia and South Korea coming together to overcome obstacles and celebrate their differences. It received a standing ovation from the audience.




The Hahoetal masks, showcased at Riyadh exhibition, are iconic symbols of Korean culture. (Supplied)

Raghed Al-Qahtani, a Saudi pharmacy student at Princess Nourah University, said: “The ending was the best part for me. It was beautiful seeing Saudis and Koreans taking turns and dancing to traditional Saudi and Korean music.”

The show accompanies the “Eltiqa” indoor exhibition, which explores the four elemental forces of earth, wind, fire, and water as they symbolize wooden handicrafts, textile arts, traditional art, and clay works, respectively.

An outdoor food area also offers visitors from both countries the chance to sample each other’s traditional cuisines.

King SeJong Institute, a Korean learning institute in Riyadh, participated in the show with freshly cooked kimchi-fried pancakes and kimbap, giving visitors an authentic taste of some of Korea’s best street food.

“Eltiqa” is part of the royal institute’s initiatives aimed at promoting cultural exchange in the Kingdom and preserving heritage in line with the strategic goals of Saudi Vision 2030.

 


Ensan launches Ramadan basket project for over 13,000 families

Ensan launches Ramadan basket project for over 13,000 families
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Ensan launches Ramadan basket project for over 13,000 families

Ensan launches Ramadan basket project for over 13,000 families
  • Ensan said that it aims to distribute the Ramadan Basket to 13,333 families, with SR300 ($80) per orphan family
  • Allocated amount for the basket is deposited into families’ bank accounts to secure their food needs during the holy month

RIYADH: The Charity Society for Orphan Care in Riyadh (Ensan) has launched the Ramadan Basket project to help beneficiaries secure their food needs during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan in all of the charity’s 21 branches in the capital.

Ensan said that it aims to distribute the Ramadan Basket to 13,333 families, with SR300 ($80) per orphan family, and called for donations via the Ensan donation platform, transfer to the charity’s bank accounts, or by visiting one of its branches.

The Ramadan Basket project is one of the seasonal programs the charity offers to beneficiaries at the beginning of Ramadan each year. The allocated amount for the basket is deposited into families’ bank accounts to secure their food needs during the holy month.

Ensan’s seasonal projects also include Zakat Al-Fitr, Zakat Al-Mal, and Eid gifts, as well as projects for Hajj, sacrificial offerings, winter clothing, and school bags. This is in addition to basic services and support provided by the charity, such as sponsorship, educational and healthcare, housing services, training, and employment.


Umrah pilgrims laud King Salman program

Umrah pilgrims laud King Salman program
Updated 26 February 2024
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Umrah pilgrims laud King Salman program

Umrah pilgrims laud King Salman program
  • Third group of beneficiaries left Makkah to travel home
  • 250 prominent Muslims from 65 countries part of group

RIYADH: The third group of beneficiaries of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah, supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, have lauded the country’s leadership for helping them to perform their rituals in Makkah.

The participants have now returned home after completing Umrah and visiting the Prophet’s Mosque, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.

The group included 250 prominent Muslims from 16 countries: Jordan, Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Chad, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda and Mauritania.

They thanked King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the ministry for providing them with quality services during their visit.

During their stay, they visited Quba Mosque, the Martyrs of Uhud Cemetery, Jabal Ar-Rumat (Hill of Archers), Hira Cultural District, the Cave of Hira, and other historical and cultural sites across the two holy cities.

The guests visited the Revelation Exhibition at the Hira Cultural District in Makkah, which featured models of the Cave of Hira and a screen narrating the story of how Prophet Muhammad received revelation.

They said the exhibition was indicative of the Kingdom’s efforts to enrich visitors’ religious and cultural experiences, as well as its care for Islam and Muslims.


Riyadh to host first international sand and dust storm conference next week

Riyadh to host first international sand and dust storm conference next week
Updated 26 February 2024
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Riyadh to host first international sand and dust storm conference next week

Riyadh to host first international sand and dust storm conference next week

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s National Center for Meteorology will host the first International Conference on Sand and Dust Storms from March 4-6 in Riyadh.

The forum, organized by the World Meteorological Organization’s Sand and Dust Storm Warning Regional Center, is expected to draw wide international participation and aims to address the growing global challenge posed by dust and sand storms.

Over 200 researchers, experts, and specialists from around the world, including WMO representatives, will gather to share the latest advancements in dust and sand storm research, said the center.

The conference is slated to discuss a wide range of critical topics, including sources of dust aerosol formation, dust-climate interactions, health impacts and mitigation strategies, monitoring and predictive modeling, and economic, infrastructural, and environmental consequences of dust storms on various sectors.

The conference will underscore the urgent need to combat dust and sandstorms, in view of their significant impacts on the environment, public health, and economies.

Such storms can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, disrupt solar energy production, degrade air quality, alter weather patterns, and disrupt biogeochemical cycles.

This international conference serves as a crucial platform where scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders from around the world exchange knowledge and collaborate, paving the way for a more coordinated and effective approach to tackling the global challenge of dust and sand storms.

International and regional initiatives have been taken to study these impacts and come up with mitigating strategies.

The Middle East, with its vast arid and semi-arid landscape, is a major source of dust particles.

The increasing frequency and intensity of dust storms in the region, attributed to changes in land use and vegetation cover degradation, needs further comprehensive research to fully understand their far-reaching effects.

Saudi Arabia has taken important steps to mitigate climate change and combat sand and dust storms including the Saudi Green Initiative launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2021, which aims to address local and global environmental challenges.

Established under Saudi Vision 2030, SGI is an ambitious plan focused on combating climate change, protecting the environment for future generations and improving the quality of life.

It unites all the efforts towards Saudi Arabia’s mission of achieving net zero emissions by 2050 through the creation of a circular carbon economy. The Kingdom has also pledged to reduce carbon emissions by 278 million tons annually by 2030.

By 2030 Saudi Arabia plans to plant 600 million trees, restore 3.8 million hectares of land and champion biodiversity conservation as part of the SGI’s 10 billion trees goal.

In March 2019, the Kingdom established the National Center for Vegetation Cover Development and Combating Desertification with the aim of increasing green areas and rehabilitating degraded vegetation sites.

Moreover, the Kingdom launched the Middle East Green Initiative in April 2021, the most comprehensive program of its kind in the world, as a support for the SGI.

The aim of launching the MGI is to plant 50 billion trees, equivalent to 5 percent of the global afforestation goal.

All of these efforts will help in mitigating desertification, reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and enhance biodiversity. It also shows Saudi Arabia’s commitment to sustainable development and addressing the challenges of climate change and sand and dust storms.


Hiking unites adventurers in peaks of Baha

Hiking unites adventurers in peaks of Baha
Updated 26 February 2024
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Hiking unites adventurers in peaks of Baha

Hiking unites adventurers in peaks of Baha

RIYADH: The scenic landscapes, unique terrain, and enchanting ambiance of Baha’s mountains have attracted thousands of tourists, both local and international.

Among the prominent attractions for hikers from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf are the upper and lower Mount Shada.

The region does not only cater for walkers, but it also attracts adventure sports enthusiasts taking part in activities such as paragliding.

As winter unfolds, many visitors have started heading toward the region, particularly the Tihamah sector.

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Head of the Southern Travelers Team, specializing in long-distance journeys, Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Ghamdi, pointed out the adoption of the Baha peaks trail for hiking.

The 175-km trail takes in heritage villages with special architectural character, various museums, tourist attractions, and several parks.

Baha’s natural and sporting attractions make it a standout choice for many tourists.


Saudi foreign minister warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’ if Israel attacks Rafah

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan addresses the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan addresses the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. (SPA)
Updated 26 February 2024
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Saudi foreign minister warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’ if Israel attacks Rafah

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan addresses the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. (SPA)

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Monday warned against the “catastrophic consequences” of any Israeli attack on Rafah, south of Gaza, during his speech at the 55th session of the UN Human Rights Council. 

“In this light, we warn against the disastrous repercussions of an attack on Rafah, as the last refuge for civilians, who are there due to the displacement by the Israeli army.” 

Prince Faisal denounced the double standards adopted by some countries toward the crisis in the war-ravaged Gaza Strip. He also reiterated calls for an immediate ceasefire. 

“We call on the international community to bear its responsibility to put an end to escalation and war, protect civilians, in order to pave the way for a clear and legitimate peace process that includes all parties.”