Jeddah art exhibition raises sustainability awareness

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Updated 20 February 2024
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Jeddah art exhibition raises sustainability awareness

Jeddah art exhibition raises sustainability awareness

JEDDAH: The Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts in Jeddah recently hosted the art exhibition “Every Art Carries Light to Another” with the aim of providing a platform for local talent and promoting awareness of sound environmental practices.

The exhibition attracted a diverse audience including photographers, artists, and media professionals.




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Showcasing a wide array of creative pieces made from recyclable materials such as plastic and paper, the event demonstrated the potential to transform overlooked materials into striking works of art.

From intricate sculptures to captivating installations, the artworks were made using various techniques including collage, painting, and embroidery, all highlighting the power of recycling in art.

In addition to the visual displays, the event also featured informative workshops on recycling methods and how to repurpose materials into artistic creations, as well as expert-led lectures that further underscored the importance of sustainable practices.


Saudi leaders congratulate Qatar’s emir on 11th anniversary of becoming ruler

Saudi leaders congratulate Qatar’s emir on 11th anniversary of becoming ruler
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Saudi leaders congratulate Qatar’s emir on 11th anniversary of becoming ruler

Saudi leaders congratulate Qatar’s emir on 11th anniversary of becoming ruler

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday sent a message to Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, congratulating him on the 11th anniversary of his accession.

“The king expressed his sincere congratulations and best wishes for health and happiness to (the emir), and to the government and people of Qatar for continued progress and prosperity,” the Saudi Press Agency reported. 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a similar message to the emir.

Sheikh Tamim became ruler on June 25, 2013, when his father, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, stepped down and handed power to his son.


Success of Saudi Vision 2030 ‘good basis for cooperation,’ says Hungary official

Success of Saudi Vision 2030 ‘good basis for cooperation,’ says Hungary official
Updated 25 June 2024
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Success of Saudi Vision 2030 ‘good basis for cooperation,’ says Hungary official

Success of Saudi Vision 2030 ‘good basis for cooperation,’ says Hungary official
  • Hungary, Saudi Arabia ties grown in 10 years, says Tamas Vargha
  • Tourism is key area for further developing bilateral cooperation

RIYADH: There will be continued growth in economic ties between Saudi Arabia and Hungary over the next few years, according to the latter’s Deputy Minister and State Secretary of the Ministry of Defense Tamas Vargha.

“(Saudi Arabia’s) Vision 2030 … I think it’s a success story … it’s a good basis, for our cooperation,” Vargha told Arab News during a recent interview. “You have seen lots of changes since Vision 2030 started … both social changes and the economic changes and growth.”

Vargha said this transformation allows for further cooperation in several sectors including tourism, trade, and knowledge transfers.

Vargha said that in 2023 Saudi Arabia was Hungary’s 53rd-largest trading partner, and there was great potential for future growth.

A venture between Saudi Arabia’s Rakaa Security and Military Supplies Co. and Hungary’s Quadron Cybersecurity Services will facilitate security development and defense industry digitization. (X/HungaryinKSA)

“We are a smaller country, but we would like to be part of your success and your solution,” he added. “In terms of economic relations, I think the past five years have been a success story.”

“We would like to enhance tourism between the two countries,” he said. “Now there are direct flights between Riyadh and Budapest … So, it’s a good path.”

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• In 2023 Saudi Arabia was Hungary’s 53rd-largest trading partner, and there was great potential for future growth.

• An agreement was recently signed between the two nations in cybersecurity and defense digitalization.

During his visit, Vargha said an agreement was signed between the two nations in cybersecurity and defense digitalization.

Vargha praised Balazs Selmeci, Hungary’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, who was “very active and helped a lot to establish the joint venture … we have to say a big thank you to our ambassador.”

The venture between Saudi Arabia’s Rakaa Security and Military Supplies Co. and Hungary’s Quadron Cybersecurity Services will facilitate security development and defense industry digitization.

“I think that the decade marks a huge change in the growth of our relations in times of conflicts, regional conflicts, and conflicts around us,” he said.

Vargha said cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Hungary was strengthened with the first Saudi-Hungarian Joint Economic Committee established in 2012.

“At the beginning, it was getting to know each other and finding solutions,” he said.

“Saudi Arabia is … an important state in the Middle East. And we are a part of the EU in Europe and we had to find what’s our common interest,” he said. “It’s a good, good start and a good path that we are going on.”

The committee recently hosted its fourth session with more than 30 companies on each side participating, to further cooperation in energy, education, health, investment, communications, water, agriculture, trade, tourism, sports and culture.

Hungary considers the committee a part of its “Eastern Opening,” an economic strategy aimed at strengthening relations with nations in the Middle East.

Vargha said: “We believe that if we open to the east — to the Middle East and the East — that we can and will be able to serve as a bridge between the West and the East.”

 

 


Nonprofit organization in Riyadh funnels billions into extending healthy human lifespan

Dr. Mehmood Khan, Hevolution Foundation CEO
Dr. Mehmood Khan, Hevolution Foundation CEO
Updated 25 June 2024
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Nonprofit organization in Riyadh funnels billions into extending healthy human lifespan

Dr. Mehmood Khan, Hevolution Foundation CEO
  • Foundation works to address the underlying causes of aging

RIYADH: Hevolution Foundation is funding research and early-stage investments to catalyze advances in extending healthy human lifespan while understanding the processes of aging.

Boasting over SR1.5 billion ($400 million) in research grants and early-stage biotech investments, the Riyadh-based global nonprofit organization is a philanthropic funder of geroscience, an area of research dedicated to advancing global human healthspan.

Hevolution Foundation is working to address the underlying causes of aging to help prevent the onset of age-related diseases.

The organization says that while the average lifespan in Saudi Arabia is about 74 years, the average healthspan is 64 — indicating a decade-long gap between life expectancy and healthy life expectancy — and many are living the final years of their lives in poor health.

Geroscience and healthspan science are critically underfunded, which is why Hevolution is stepping up to bridge this gap.

Dr. Mehmood Khan, Hevolution Foundation CEO

CEO Dr. Mehmood Khan said: “Geroscience and healthspan science are critically underfunded, which is why Hevolution is stepping up to bridge this gap.

“Hevolution is proud to be the world’s largest philanthropic funder of geroscience and, following the success of our first Global Health Summit in 2023 and the next summit planned for February 2025, we look forward to continuing the shift from lifespan to healthspan.”

Grant recipients include King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, as well as global institutions including Buck Institute, Northwestern University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Haya bint Khaled, the vice president of research at Hevolution Foundation, said: “With the Kingdom’s National Biotechnology Strategy — which Hevolution made vital inputs into — Saudi Arabia is innovating in health.

“Saudi Arabia is at a perfect moment in time to outpace future demographic challenges by investing in healthy longevity now, and to lead the world in addressing age-related diseases for the benefit of all humanity.”

Hevolution aims to increase the number of safe and effective treatments entering the market; compress the timeline of drug development using the latest tools and technologies; and increase accessibility to healthspan therapeutics for all.

Leveraging its annual budget of up to SR4 billion, Hevolution is committed to increasing the number of geroscience researchers globally, expanding the number of companies working in the field and attracting funding to this vital area of science.

This includes commitment to a SR10.1 million two-year grant program to create the first cohort of researchers from King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and other prestigious institutions, to explore areas such as the microbiome, aging biomarkers and senescence.

A SR18 million fund will support up to 15 postdoctoral fellowships to advance the careers of early-stage scientists in Saudi Arabia and the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region.

A grant of SR75.7 million over five years will support Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, focused on senescence and aging, led by Dr. Ana Maria Cuervo, a leader in the aging field and member of the National Academy of Sciences.

The organization’s other commitments include SR121 million provided over five years to Northwestern University in Illinois, led by Dr. Richard Morimoto, with research focused on defining healthy proteostasis and maintaining proteostasis in a robust, resilient state.

Established in 2018 by royal order, Hevolution is headquartered in Riyadh with a North American hub in Boston, and plans to expand to other global locations.

 


Assouline releases ‘AlUla Flora’ celebrating ancient oasis’s vibrant blooms

The book highlights over 80 plant species that flourish in AlUla’s diverse landscapes. (Supplied)
The book highlights over 80 plant species that flourish in AlUla’s diverse landscapes. (Supplied)
Updated 25 June 2024
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Assouline releases ‘AlUla Flora’ celebrating ancient oasis’s vibrant blooms

The book highlights over 80 plant species that flourish in AlUla’s diverse landscapes. (Supplied)
  • Latest book from the luxury publisher details over 80 plant species that thrive in AlUla’s historic landscape

ALULA: Premier luxury publishing house Assouline has released its latest masterpiece, “AlUla Flora.”

The work celebrates the diverse plant life that blooms in the ancient oasis city, located in northwest Saudi Arabia.

“AlUla Flora” is the latest addition to Assouline’s “Classics Collection,” and features text by Abdulaziz Assaeed, a professor of rangeland ecology at King Saud University, Riyadh, accompanied by captivating images by young Saudi photographer Hayat Osamah.

Assouline releases ‘AlUla Flora,’ celebrating the ancient oasis destination’s vibrant blooms. (Supplied)

The vibrant tome is further elevated by artwork by Carolyn Jenkins, Lil Sire, Raxenne, Moira Frith, and Mary Woodin.

Following the success of last year’s “AlUla Ever,” which showcased the region’s geological wonders, rich cultural heritage and flourishing arts scene, “AlUla Flora” invites readers on a visual and educational journey through the city’s lush ecosystems.

The book highlights over 80 plant species that flourish in AlUla’s diverse landscapes — from rocky sandstone outcrops and vast desert plains to a verdant oasis teeming with natural springs.

Assouline releases ‘AlUla Flora,’ celebrating the ancient oasis destination’s vibrant blooms. (Supplied)

Featured plants include the Hispid Viper’s-bugloss with its bright funnel-shaped flowers, the striking spiny milkvetch with pinkish-purple blooms, and the culturally significant jujube tree. Each species is presented not only for its ecological value but also for its role in local traditions, from Bedouin crafts to ancient culinary uses.

Phillip Jones, chief tourism officer at the Royal Commission for AlUla, said: “‘AlUla Flora’ opens a window to the city’s fascinating botanical world, which we have been carefully and intentionally nurturing to rebuild and reinforce the ecological richness and vibrancy of the region. The book acts as a visual narrative of our broader aspirations to protect and showcase the verdant life in AlUla, inviting visitors and locals to discover more about the environment that we live in and create an all-important connection with nature.”

The book is a visual exploration of the little-known flora of the city and an educational journey that illuminates the significant conservation efforts underway in AlUla to restore and rewild its ecosystems and preserve its native plant species for years to come.

Assouline releases ‘AlUla Flora,’ celebrating the ancient oasis destination’s vibrant blooms. (Supplied)

These efforts underscore a commitment to sustainability and ecotourism, aimed at enriching the lives of the local community and visitors alike.

The publication of “AlUla Flora” highlights the destination’s dedication to environmental stewardship, evidenced by the allocation of more than 50 percent of AlUla’s geographical boundaries to protected nature reserves — including Sharaan, Wadi Nakhlah, Gharameel, Harrat Uwayrid, Harrat AlZabin, and Harrat Khaybar.

Integral to AlUla’s mission is the restoration of the land and its ecological heritage through the reintroduction of essential native species of both flora and fauna that once flourished here.

The animal reintroduction program, which was launched in 2023, has already seen successful animal releases of around 1,000 animals from four species — Arabian gazelles, sand gazelles, Arabian oryx, and Nubian ibex.

AlUla’s legacy is one of harmony with nature, a testament to a region that has nurtured human civilization for millennia through its natural resources. In this way, AlUla is reclaiming its past and sowing the seeds for a revitalised future where nature and humanity continue to thrive in balance.

 


Saudi Shoura Council to visit Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

Saudi Shoura Council representatives will visit Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. (SPA)
Saudi Shoura Council representatives will visit Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. (SPA)
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Saudi Shoura Council to visit Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

Saudi Shoura Council representatives will visit Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. (SPA)
  • Dr. Al-Jarba said the visit was part of a framework to strengthen cooperation and relations between the Shoura Council and the parliaments of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

RIYADH: A delegation from the Saudi Shoura Council is to undertake an official visit to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
It will be headed by Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al-Jarba, a member of the council who is also chairman of the Saudi Tajik-Uzbek Parliamentary Friendship Committee.
Council members will meet with their counterparts and other officials in both countries, reported the Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday.
In a statement, Dr. Al-Jarba said the visit was part of a framework to strengthen cooperation and relations between the Shoura Council and the parliaments of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
He pointed out that the council was making every effort to bolster bilateral relations and coordinate stances regarding different issues in international and regional affairs.
Other delegation members will include Abdulrahman bin Sulaiman Al-Sayari, Maj, Gen. Sami bin Zaid Al-Hazmi, Dr. Abdullah bin Omar Al-Najjar, and Dr. Hassan bin Salem Al-Maslum.