From Paris to Riyadh: ‘Perfumes of the East’ showcases Arab heritage

From Paris to Riyadh: ‘Perfumes of the East’ showcases Arab heritage
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Above, guests at the “Perfumes of the East” exhibition in Riyadh. (AN/Loai Elkelawy)
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An old book showing recipe for perfumes. (AN/Loai Elkelawy)
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The exhibition has been designed to create a balanced combination of olfactory and visual experiences for visitors by perfume designer Christopher Sheldrake. (AN/Loai Elkelawy)
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The exhibition has been designed to create a balanced combination of olfactory and visual experiences for visitors by perfume designer Christopher Sheldrake. (AN/Loai Elkelawy)
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A jasmine dress by a Saudi artist displayed at the exhibition. (AN/Loai Elkelawy)
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From Paris to Riyadh: ‘Perfumes of the East’ showcases Arab heritage

From Paris to Riyadh: ‘Perfumes of the East’ showcases Arab heritage
  • Exhibition highlights cultural significance and art of perfume-making

RIYADH: The “Perfumes of the East” exhibition has made its first international stop in Riyadh. 

It is a collaboration between the Saudi National Museum and the Ministry of Culture in partnership with the Arab World Institute in Paris.

The exhibition, which will continue until Sept. 14 at the museum, provides its guests with a journey through the richness of the Arab world’s perfumes, showcasing the fragrances and scents of the East, the cultural traditions that have influenced perfumes and their significant social role in Saudi culture.

The French ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ludovic Pouille, and Christophe Farnaud, the EU ambassador, were among the attendees at the opening ceremony, along with other delegates from the Arab World Institute, leaders from the Ministry of Culture and the Museums Commission, and artists from the Kingdom, the Arab world and France.




The French ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ludovic Pouille, during the exhibition. (AN/Loai Elkelawy)

“Perfumes of the East is an amazing exhibition, which was brought from Paris to Riyadh,” Pouille said. “It was presented first at the Arab World Institute in Paris, and it was a great success ... so many people visited it.

“It is amazing because you mix history and also artworks. You have artists who have been part of this exhibition, and this is the beauty of it. It is not just the history of perfumes in the Middle East, it is more than that.

“I am amazed by the jasmine dress by a young Saudi artist, who was also there in Paris, and of course, you can smell jasmine, but it is more than that. It is about heritage, the Saudi traditions, and I am fond of it,” the French envoy said.

The exhibition highlighted the cultural and historical importance of perfume in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world, providing insight into its origins in the Arabian peninsula, an important trading hub through which aromatic plants and spices were distributed among ancient societies.




Christophe Farnaud, the European Union Ambassador at Perfumes of the East exhibition in Riyadh. (AN/Loai Elkelawy)

“A distinguished exhibition that revives an authentic national heritage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Dalia Seoudy, one of the guests at the museum. “It presents fragrant knowledge and surrounds one of the most important elements of intangible Saudi heritage, a journey between the roses of Taif and the jasmine of the southern region. This museum reminded me of perfumes in Paris, but it is very authentic, creative and beautiful.”

Audrey Chazal, a consultant between France and Saudi Arabia on artistic and cultural events, said: “It is amazing to see how exhibitions are traveling through the world.

I am really happy to see how France and Saudi Arabia are collaborating to create cultural events and inviting visitors to discover art and smells.”

Sarah Al-Faisal, a board member of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, was one of the guests. She said: “I was glad to attend this beautiful event, finding the history of perfumes that carried us back a thousand years by giving us the narrative of the Bukhor’s route and the story of rare scents."

She expressed her thoughts on the exhibition and how the use of perfumes is one of the hallmarks of Arab and Islamic civilizations.

Al-Faisal praised the Ministry of Culture for working in cooperation with the Arab World Institute in Paris and the National Museum in Riyadh to deliver this message by working with perfume specialists, officials, and historians to achieve this wonderful result.

“It is an exceptional and beautiful journey which highlights how Saudi Arabia produces and has much more to display to the world through this fascinating exhibition," she added.

The exhibition has been designed to create a balance of olfactory and visual experiences for visitors, with scent-releasing devices carefully placed and handpicked for the exhibition by internationally acclaimed perfume designer Christopher Sheldrake.

More than 200 artifacts and artworks, both ancient and contemporary, are on display, weaving a narrative of the enduring relationship between the Arab world and perfume.

The exhibition unfolds through distinct spaces — from the raw beauty of nature to bustling town streets and the setting of a private home. This trajectory enables visitors to experience the evolution of perfume-making through a blend of historical treasures and modern artistic expressions.

This exhibition aligns with the National Museum’s commitment to celebrating Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage and the enduring legacy of Arab and Islamic civilization.

It offers a multi-faceted educational and cultural experience, enriched by accompanying workshops and seminars that delve into the composition of perfumes, the intricate process of their creation, and the artistic design of perfume packaging.


MAWANI and REVIVA establish recycling and industrial waste complex at Jeddah Islamic Port

MAWANI signed on Sunday a SR30million contract with Reviva to establish a complex for recycling marine and industrial waste.
MAWANI signed on Sunday a SR30million contract with Reviva to establish a complex for recycling marine and industrial waste.
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MAWANI and REVIVA establish recycling and industrial waste complex at Jeddah Islamic Port

MAWANI signed on Sunday a SR30million contract with Reviva to establish a complex for recycling marine and industrial waste.
  • Contract is part of the efforts exerted by MAWANI to promote environmental sustainability and maintain the safety of the marine environment

RIYADH: The Saudi Ports Authority, MAWANI, signed on Sunday a SR30million ($8 million) contract with the Global Environmental Management Services Ltd., or Reviva, to establish a complex for recycling marine and industrial waste at Jeddah Islamic Port.

The president of MAWANI, Omar bin Talal Hariri, and the CEO of of the Saudi Investment Recycling Co., Ziad bin Mohammed Al-Shiha, signed the contract in the presence of a number of other officials.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, the contract is part of the efforts exerted by MAWANI to promote environmental sustainability, maintain the safety of the marine environment, and build a sustainable maritime sector that enhances the Kingdom’s position as a global logistics center and a hub connecting three continents.

The implementation of the contract comes in line with the National Transport and Logistics Strategy and the Green Port Initiative. The new complex will contribute to enhancing the transformation of waste into valuable resources while building a thriving circular economy in the Kingdom.

According to SPA, these objectives can be met by providing comprehensive waste management and recycling solutions, industrial maintenance and transportation services, and recycling by-products. As such, waste volume is significantly reduced while waste management and environmental conservation improves.

The strategic cooperation scales up the outcomes of efforts exerted to achieve waste management goals in the Kingdom in line with Saudi Vision 2030. It also increases the private sector’s contribution to supporting economic development and listing Jeddah Islamic Port under the Top 10 ports in the world.

MAWANI is keen to introduce pioneering initiatives directly related to the Saudi Green Initiative which aims to reduce emissions, address climate change, and enhance the partnership between the public and private sectors to expand the related scope of work and thus, improve the commercial attractiveness of the Kingdom’s ports in the eyes of the whole world.


National Cybersecurity Authority joins UN Security Council talks

National Cybersecurity Authority joins UN Security Council talks
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National Cybersecurity Authority joins UN Security Council talks

National Cybersecurity Authority joins UN Security Council talks
  • The Kingdom emphasized the importance of striving to create a safe and reliable cyberspace

RIYADH: The Saudi National Cybersecurity Authority participated in a high-level open discussion session held by the UN Security Council titled “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Addressing Evolving Threats in Cyberspace.”

Senior officials and permanent representatives of member states of the UN, as well as the secretary-general of the organisation, Antonio Guterres, participated in the session.

Leading the Saudi delegation was the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasil. The delegation included representatives from the cybersecurity authority, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The session addressed developing a common understanding among states on enhancing the role of the Security Council in addressing cyberthreats, in light of the Security Council’s primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security, taking into account the potential threat to international peace and security posed by malicious activities in cyberspace.

The Kingdom emphasized the importance of striving to create a safe and reliable cyberspace that enables growth and prosperity, especially since enhancing cybersecurity is essential to protect the vital interests of countries as well as national security.


Jeddah Season 2024 launching June 27

Jeddah Season 2024 will launch next week under the slogan “Once Again.” (@JEDCalendar)
Jeddah Season 2024 will launch next week under the slogan “Once Again.” (@JEDCalendar)
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Jeddah Season 2024 launching June 27

Jeddah Season 2024 will launch next week under the slogan “Once Again.” (@JEDCalendar)
  • Jeddah Season 2024 will offer a variety of entertainment, tourism and cultural activities

JEDDAH: Jeddah Season 2024 will launch next week under the slogan “Once Again,” the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The opening ceremony will be held on June 27 at 9:30 p.m. in the Art Promenade area located within the Jeddah Waterfront.

According to the SPA, Jeddah Season 2024 will offer a variety of entertainment, tourism and cultural activities. Events will be held in several designated areas, including the City Walk, which offers a diverse mix of interactive experiences, motor and skill games, Arabic plays, concerts, restaurants, cafes and shops.

The season will feature Warner Bros. Discovery: Celebrate Every Story, held for the first time in the Kingdom, offering a mix of games and entertainment shows. The family-friendly attraction features renowned stories and characters under one roof.

The 2024 Jeddah Season will also host numerous events at Imagine Monet and Prince Majid Park, as well as international concerts.

The event map, set to be unveiled, includes activities such as live artistic and cultural performances, and entertainment, sports and tourism activities.


Authorities implement more than 80 projects in Alkhobar

The Eastern Province municipality is currently implementing more than 80 development projects and programs in Alkhobar.
The Eastern Province municipality is currently implementing more than 80 development projects and programs in Alkhobar.
Updated 23 June 2024
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Authorities implement more than 80 projects in Alkhobar

The Eastern Province municipality is currently implementing more than 80 development projects and programs in Alkhobar.
  • The initiatives include neighborhood developments, road rehabilitation, new parks, and comprehensive development projects in various sectors

DAMMAM: The Eastern Province municipality is currently implementing more than 80 development projects and programs in Alkhobar governorate.

The initiatives include neighborhood developments, road rehabilitation, new parks, and comprehensive development projects in various sectors.

The goal is to improve the quality of life, create a model sustainable environment, and reinforce Alkhobar’s position as a tourist attraction and influential economic center.

The municipality indicated that the projects include a program to develop key and main roads, encompassing more than 38 roads in the governorate.

Efforts are also underway to improve traffic flow on several roads and intersections in the region by enhancing road network performance and raising traffic safety to meet international standards.

Additionally, the municipality is focused on the continued development of King Salman Bridge, including covering, beautifying and lighting the bridge walls as part of ongoing work to enhance bridges and tunnels.

 


Princess Nourah University launches Masar program

Summer program Masar was launched Sunday at the Students Career Support Center at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University
Summer program Masar was launched Sunday at the Students Career Support Center at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University
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Princess Nourah University launches Masar program

Summer program Masar was launched Sunday at the Students Career Support Center at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University
  • Program aims to prepare female university students and graduates for the labor market by undertaking training courses at the headquarters of participating entities

RIYADH: The summer program Masar was launched on Sunday at the Students Career Support Center at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, with the participation of private sector entities.

The program aims to prepare female university students and graduates for the labor market by undertaking the necessary training courses at the headquarters of participating entities.

Masar is designed to strengthen competitive competencies to contribute to the Kingdom’s development, while enhancing students’ career readiness by providing them with professional skills and practical experience. The journey begins with personal and professional development and ends in training opportunities.

The summer program comprises a package of events and activities, including a career guidance camp organized in partnership with a training entity. The participating student is working toward a management certificate. The program also includes a virtual workshop, organized in partnership with Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University.

The events and activities are part of the Students Career Support Center’s efforts to contribute to achieving the PNU Strategic Plan 2025 by helping female students into the labor market and increasing their competitiveness, while enabling them to help to build the society of the future.