Saudi fund boosts film financing at Cannes festival

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The Cultural Development Fund aims to be a leader in the Saudi film. (SPA)
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The Cultural Development Fund aims to be a leader in the Saudi film. (SPA)
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Updated 22 May 2024
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Saudi fund boosts film financing at Cannes festival

Saudi fund boosts film financing at Cannes festival

RIYADH: The Cultural Development Fund, a vital financial engine for Saudi Arabia’s culture sector, along with partners from the Kingdom’s film industry, are presenting film financing and investment opportunities at the 77th annual Cannes International Film Festival, held from May 14 to 25.

The fund is present at the festival for the third year, in line with its mission of nurturing the domestic film scene and strengthening its role as a key enabler of cultural growth.

The fund highlights its Film Sector Financing Program at the Saudi pavilion, led by the Film Commission. The program offers comprehensive financial packages that support the entire filmmaking process, from creation and production to distribution, for both local and foreign companies working on film and TV series in Saudi Arabia.

It also provides an opportunity for companies and investment funds to participate in the Kingdom’s film industry and contribute to its development.

Its participation in the Cannes event aligns with its continuous efforts to attract filmmakers and investment.

The fund aims to be a leader in the Saudi film industry and collaborates with other stakeholders to build a sustainable film sector that contributes to the national gross domestic product.

Established under the National Development Fund in 2021, the fund aims to invigorate Saudi Arabia’s cultural scene. By supporting a range of cultural endeavors and facilitating investment, the fund fosters a thriving domestic cultural sector, aligning with the National Culture Strategy and Saudi Vision 2030.


Saudi ambassador to UAE received by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid in Dubai

Saudi ambassador to UAE received by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid in Dubai
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Saudi ambassador to UAE received by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid in Dubai

Saudi ambassador to UAE received by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid in Dubai
  • Sheikh Mohammed, who is also vice president and prime minister of UAE, wished ambassador success in his mission

DUBAI: Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum received the Saudi ambassador to the UAE Sultan bin Abdullah Al-Angari on Saturday during a reception in the emirate, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Sheikh Mohammed, who is also vice president and prime minister of UAE, wished the ambassador success in his mission.

Al-Angari passed on the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Sheikh Mohammed, along with their wishes for continued progress and prosperity to the government and people of the UAE.

The envoy was appointed last year and presented his credentials to Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Shakhboot Nahyan Al-Nahyan in October.


Saudi foreign ministry condemns continued genocide against Palestinian people

Saudi foreign ministry condemns continued genocide against Palestinian people
Updated 13 July 2024
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Saudi foreign ministry condemns continued genocide against Palestinian people

Saudi foreign ministry condemns continued genocide against Palestinian people
  • Saudi Arabia renewed its call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire and the provision of protection to unarmed civilians

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed on Saturday the Kingdom’s condemnation and denunciation in the strongest terms of the “continued genocidal massacres against the Palestinian people at the hands of the Israeli war machine.”

The ministry drew particular attention to the latest targeting of displaced Palestinians at camps in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, which claimed the lives of 100 people.

Saudi Arabia renewed its call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire and the provision of protection to unarmed civilians in all occupied Palestinian territories.

The ministry also stressed the need to activate international accountability mechanisms regarding the continued Israeli violations of international humanitarian law and resolutions.

Also on Saturday, the Muslim World League condemned the massacre in Khan Yunis.

The League’s Secretary-General, Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, in a statement denounced the “heinous crime” and the Israeli occupation’s “continued flagrant violations of all international and humanitarian laws and norms.”

Al-Issa stressed the urgent need for the international community to intervene to stop the violence raging in Gaza.


Millstone attracts visitors during Dar Festival at Al-Mousa Heritage Village

Millstone attracts visitors during Dar Festival at Al-Mousa Heritage Village
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Millstone attracts visitors during Dar Festival at Al-Mousa Heritage Village

Millstone attracts visitors during Dar Festival at Al-Mousa Heritage Village
  • Khalid Azeb Al-Zahrani: “The millstone is fundamental in old houses, and it is found in every house in the region’s villages for flour and grain milling"

AL-BAHA: A traditional tool used to crush grains attracted visitors during the second Dar Festival at Al-Mousa Heritage Village in Al-Baha.

A millstone is a household item that families in the region once used to crush grains, doing the work of present-day flour milling machines.

Khalid Azeb Al-Zahrani, supervisor of Al-Mousa Heritage Village, said: “The millstone is fundamental in old houses, and it is found in every house in the region’s villages for flour and grain milling.

“It consists of two circular stones, placed on top of each other in an almost identical manner, while the upper part is slightly larger than the lower one. In the middle (between the stones), there is a small hole for entering the grains, which includes in its middle a pillar that maintains balance when rotating. At one end of the upper stone is a wooden pillar to hold and rotate during the process of grinding the grains.”

 


Children with Disability Association launches new initiative in Al-Baha

Children with Disability Association launches new initiative in Al-Baha
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Children with Disability Association launches new initiative in Al-Baha

Children with Disability Association launches new initiative in Al-Baha
  • Nujoud Al-Ghamdi: "the initiative aims to strengthen cohesion and social communication between society and children with disabilities by “spreading joy and happiness”

AL-BAHA: The Children with Disability Association in Al-Baha has launched a new initiative, entitled “Integration and Empowerment,” in partnership with Al-Baha Municipality.

According to a statement, this initiative aims to “integrate, motivate, and engage children with disabilities with their peers, helping them reintegrate into society through recreational and social activities and events.”

Nujoud Al-Ghamdi, director of the association, said the initiative aims to strengthen cohesion and social communication between society and children with disabilities by “spreading joy and happiness.”

The initiative was launched on the opening day of the Baljurashi Front Festival and continued its programs at Bahjat Raghadan Park in Al-Baha.

Al-Ghamdi said the initiative has several key objectives: ensuring that children with disabilities obtain their rights, discovering their abilities and talents, improving their quality of life and mental health, and removing all challenges that hinder their integration into society.

 


Saudi tourism ministry launches diploma program

Saudi tourism ministry launches diploma program
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Saudi tourism ministry launches diploma program

Saudi tourism ministry launches diploma program
  • The course — which is part of the Tourism Education Initiative — is geared towards providing students with the necessary practical expertise to fulfill job market requirements

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, has introduced a two-year diploma course in travel and tourism.

The course, according to a statement, aims to “enhance human capabilities by qualifying highly efficient national cadres in the travel and tourism sector, according to the highest international standards, to provide a theoretical and practical educational experience in the fields of travel and tourism.”

The course — which is part of the Tourism Education Initiative — is geared towards providing students with the necessary practical expertise to fulfill job market requirements.

The Tourism Education Initiative is intended to develop quality educational programs with leading national and international academic institutions to provide graduates able to enter employment in the tourism sector and keep up with its significant development in the Kingdom.