Rain, thunderstorms set to lash Saudi Arabia until Monday

Saudi authorities forecast more rain and thunderstorms to hit most regions until Monday. (File/SPA)
Saudi authorities forecast more rain and thunderstorms to hit most regions until Monday. (File/SPA)
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Updated 02 December 2023
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Rain, thunderstorms set to lash Saudi Arabia until Monday

Rain, thunderstorms set to lash Saudi Arabia until Monday

RIYADH: Authorities on Saturday urged the public to exercise caution as further rain and thunderstorms are forecast to hit most regions until Monday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

People should avoid areas that might be susceptible to flooding, not swim in open waters and adhere to the instructions announced through various media outlets, the General Directorate of Civil Defense said.

Light to moderate rains and the possibility of dust storms are forecast for the Makkah region, which includes the Holy Capital, Al-Jumum, Bahrah, Taif, Adham, Al-Ardiyat, Maysan, Al-Kamil, Al-Layth and Al-Qunfudhah.

The Madinah region, particularly Yanbu and Badr, as well as Al-Baha, Hail, Tabuk, Al-Jawf and the Northern Borders Region are also likely to be affected, the authority said.


Saudi jewelry designer dazzles at Saudi Cup

Saudi jewelry designer dazzles at Saudi Cup
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Saudi jewelry designer dazzles at Saudi Cup

Saudi jewelry designer dazzles at Saudi Cup
  • Raghad Al-Hogail’s jewelry creations are inspired by Saudi heritage, Arab identity

RIYADH: Los Angeles-based Saudi jewelry designer Raghad Al-Hogail brought showstopping looks to the Saudi Cup, accentuating her style statement with select pieces of jewelry she designed.

The founder of Ragail Jewelry spoke to Arab News about the thought that went into the pieces she was wearing: “I chose the most relatable piece — the Sun Orchid flower — because this flower when planted anywhere, it helps the other plants around them to grow and this is how I feel about Saudi people, they help each other grow.”

At the Saudi Cup, Saudi jewelry designer Raghad Al-Hogail stood tall in a fashionable ensemble paired with glittering creations that pay homage to Saudi identity, heritage. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah/Supplied)

Ragail Jewelry, a Saudi brand founded in 2014, features collections that emphasize the Saudi and Arab identities. Al-Hogail is proud of her identity and heritage, which is why she incorporates motifs such as Arabic lettering, camels, and Saudi coffee dallah in her designs.

The brand’s origin began when Al Hogail was asked to participate in an exhibition in 2007. It was her first time designing and presenting a collection, and she was surprised when every piece sold.

“In high school, my pieces were just brass, ribbon, and plastic and when my entire inventory was sold, I realized I had something special when it came to jewelry.

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● Ragail Jewelry was founded by Saudi designer Raghad Al-Hogail in 2014.

● The designs incorporate motifs such as Arabic lettering, camels, and Saudi coffee dallah.

● The designer hopes to create an art gallery in Saudi Arabia where people can engage and create art pieces.

“I participated in galleries and exhibits inside and outside the Kingdom and went to 40 shows around the world, including Paris Fashion Week, the Doha Jewelry Show, and more. I also started using materials like diamond, silver, and gold,” she said.

She exhibited her collections in Personage concept store from 2018 to 2020 and recalls it as a “a good experience.”

A piece inspired by the silver frame around the Black Stone located in the corner of the Kaaba in Makkah.

Al-Hogail relocated to California in 2014, attended a jewelry design school, and launched her own business in the downtown district of Los Angeles.

Speaking about her process and what inspires her collections, she added: “We don’t create collections for the summer or winter, but I do artwork whenever I get inspired. Stories served as inspiration for the pieces we created. It can occur at any moment, just like when writing a poem.”  

At the Saudi Cup, Saudi jewelry designer Raghad Al-Hogail stood tall in a fashionable ensemble paired with glittering creations that pay homage to Saudi identity, heritage. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah/Supplied)

According to Al-Hogail, each piece has a story, and the main reason for this is that she wants people to be able to relate to the story— when they wear the jewelry, they experience and become a part of it.

The pieces are made in Los Angeles and start at $400. She has also designed a piece that sold for $400,000, her most expensive creation.

I believe that when creative people come together … they flourish, and I want Saudi Arabia to have such an environ-ment.

Raghad Al-Hogail, Saudi jewelry designer

Al-Hogail said that her most sentimental collection is the Organic line, which she designed during a period of homelessness. The collection was inspired by the silver frame around the Black Stone located in the corner of the Kaaba in Makkah.

Despite being based in Los Angeles, the designer hopes to create an art gallery in Saudi Arabia where people can engage and create art pieces. She also hopes to take part in additional exhibitions within the Kingdom.

Speaking about why this dream is important to her, she said: “I enjoy being in creative environments because I believe that everyone is creative in some capacity. I believe that when creative people come together, whether they be authors, musicians, designers, or something else entirely, they flourish, and I want Saudi Arabia to have such an environment. A gathering place for all artists.”

 


Manga Productions celebrates Arab voice talents

Manga Productions celebrates Arab voice talents
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Manga Productions celebrates Arab voice talents

Manga Productions celebrates Arab voice talents
  • Elyas Zoroqi and Nora declared winners of dubbing a scene from a Manga Productions project
  • Competition encourages Saudi and Arab dubbing actors to make their mark in animated cartoons

RIYADH: Manga Productions company, which is affiliated with the Misk Foundation, hosted a ceremony in Riyadh on Sunday to reveal the results of the Dubbing it in Arabic competition.

The event was attended by jury members from prominent Arab and Saudi dubbing companies, as well as distinguished professionals and influencers in the anime and entertainment industry.

The competition, which took place over two weeks, received over 1,800 entries from across the Arab world. Open to anyone passionate about voice acting, it offered the opportunity to participate in upcoming Manga Productions projects in the anime genre.

A jury panel comprising esteemed figures such as Jihad Al-Atrash, Sanaa Younis, Souad Jawad, and Ibrahim Al-Hasawi announced the winners of the competition that ran from Jan. 30 to Feb. 11.

The panel evaluated the top contenders and gave a score for each participating voice actor. After the votes were counted, the victors were revealed.

Male voice actor Elyas Zoroqi, and Nora, a female voice actor, were declared the winners for their performances in dubbing a scene from a Manga Productions project.

Arabic dubbing artist Al-Atrash told Arab News that the Arab world was currently in an exciting moment as it develops its own entertainments and showcases its culture to the globe.

He said: “The people who took part in the tournament were astounding. This demonstrates how well Manga Productions is working, and it needs to interact with the wide Arab audience everywhere.

“We used to appropriate other people’s cultures rather than our own, but these days we export culture to every country in the world.”

The jury committee praised the competition, which encouraged Saudi and Arab youngsters to make their mark in animated cartoons in Arabic, based on works from Manga Productions.

The CEO of Manga Productions Essam Bukhary said: “Since its inception Manga Productions has taken it upon itself to train and develop talented Arab youth, as we are pleased to embrace these Arab talents in the field of dubbing while involving the distinguished among them in our upcoming artistic works.

“Our pride today is to be part of the journey of developing these talents and enabling them to achieve their dreams and make a positive impact in the Saudi creative industry, exporting Arabic content to be dubbed into international languages.”

Jury member and actor Jawad said: “This competition is a dream that I have dreamed for more than 40 years. The approach that Manga Productions is adopting to stimulate these talents is an outlook that reassures future generations.”

Sanaa Bakr, another member of the jury and voice actor, said: “My happiness is indescribable in being a member of the jury. The participation was amazing.”

Manga Productions, which is a pioneer in the Arab anime community, is dedicated to developing and supporting talents. Through initiatives like Teaching Manga on the Madrasati platform, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture, it has reached more than 3 million students.

With its focus on empowering Saudi youth, Manga Productions has trained over 4,000 talents in creative content in a bid to lead the industry.


4th Saudi National Cultural Awards launched

4th Saudi National Cultural Awards launched
Updated 26 February 2024
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4th Saudi National Cultural Awards launched

4th Saudi National Cultural Awards launched
  • The National Cultural Awards initiative is part of the Quality of Life Program, one of the Vision 2030 schemes

RIYADH: Officials from the Saudi Ministry of Culture have launched the fourth National Cultural Awards, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.

Sponsored by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, it will cover 16 categories including film, music, fashion, national heritage, literature, theater and performing arts, visual art, architecture and design, culinary arts, publishing, and translation.

Among the awards will be cultural personality of the year, youth culture, international excellence, male and female business achievers, and a cultural institutions gong.

The awards aim to encourage cultural content and production, in addition to supporting winners and granting them an honorary representation of the cultural sector within the Kingdom and internationally.

Members of the public and cultural community can submit nominations via https://www.moc.gov.sa/Modules/Pages/Cultural-Awards. The application period will last for two months, with the stages of screening, evaluation, and judging of nominations ending with the announcement of the winners at the closing ceremony to be held in September.

The National Cultural Awards initiative is part of the Quality of Life Program, one of the Vision 2030 schemes.


Ensan launches Ramadan basket project for over 13,000 families

Ensan launches Ramadan basket project for over 13,000 families
Updated 26 February 2024
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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.