Saudi female students exhibit artwork in US

Updated 28 November 2014

Saudi female students exhibit artwork in US

Female students from four Saudi universities recently displayed their photographic artwork at an exhibition in the United States.
The exhibition held at the University of the District of Columbia was entitled Visionaries: Receiving Personal Identity, and included 38 pieces from students at four Saudi universities. There were six participants from Dal Al-Hekma University.
The show ran from Nov. 5 to 19, and will move to Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, and finally to the American University in Washington in April 2015.
The Dar Al-Hekma students were Tasneem Bhuiyan, Ragad Abonomai, Diala Tinawi, Haya Al-Garny, Noura Al-Amoudi and Qurra Al-Ain Akhter. Linda Schaefer, an assistant professor, supervised the show.
Suhair Hassan Al-Qurashi, president of Dar Al-Hekma University, said she was proud of the students. “We are proud of our students and alumni and know that they are capable of making the world a better place,” she said.
The exhibit was organized by a former faculty member, Rania Razek, who is now at the University of the District of Columbia.
Cordula Peters, department chair for visual communication at Dar Al-Hekma University, said: “During the course of their studies with us in visual communication we tried to connect our students as much as possible with real-life work experiences.
“This is usually done by bringing in actual clients for projects, having students submit work for publication, or as in this case providing them the opportunity to get their work exhibited outside Dar Al-Hekma University. Events like this provide a perfect platform for cultural exchange and showing people from other countries what the young women here in Saudi Arabia are made of.”
Four of the commercial photography students used Jeddah’s Corniche as a backdrop for their portraiture. Two other students submitted artistic renditions that reflected their personal identity.
According to Schaefer, Dar Al-Hekma students are excited by the prospect of sharing their culture with people outside Saudi Arabia. Through their work they would like to convey the kindness and compassion inherent in the people of Saudi Arabia.
She said the students would like to keep breaking stereotypes of how others view the people and culture of the country. Through the photographs they will be able to convey different perspectives to audiences about women in Saudi Arabia, she said.


Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

Muslim pilgrims leave after offering noon prayers outside the Namirah mosque on Arafat Mountain, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (AP)
Updated 26 January 2020

Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

  • Presence of 2.6 million Indian expats in Saudi Arabia boosts bilateral ties

On the occasion of India’s 71st Republic Day, I extend my best wishes to my fellow Indian citizens in the western region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations which reflect centuries-old economic and socio-cultural ties.
Visits by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Saudi Arabia in April 2016 and in October 2019 plus the exchanges of other high-level visits have further strengthened the warm relations between the two countries.
As our prime minister said during his visit in October 2019, India would work hand-in-hand with Saudi Arabia on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.  
The presence of over 2.6 million Indian expatriates in the Kingdom has also contributed immensely to the strength of economic and socio-cultural ties between our two nations.
Bilateral trade delegations have also increased in the last few years. Indian business delegations are now a regular feature of trade exhibitions in Jeddah and other parts of the Kingdom. The Indian Consulate in Jeddah works tirelessly and diligently to provide the best possible service to Indian nationals residing in the western region of the Kingdom.
This good service includes reducing to three working days the length of time required for issuing/reissuing passports.
The introduction of an e-visa facility for Saudi nationals has further streamlined visa processing and provides a smooth first step for those wanting to visit India.
The Indian government and the people of India are grateful to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Hajj Minister Dr. Mohammed Benten for making excellent arrangements during Hajj 2019. In that year, 200,000 Indian nationals performed Hajj and more than 650,000 Indians came for Umrah.
The Indian side remains committed to partnering closely with Saudi Arabia and working toward a very successful Hajj 2020.
We sincerely express our gratitude to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi ministries of foreign affairs, labor, interior and the authorities of Jawazat, Tarheel and other concerned agencies who have always provided exemplary assistance to the consulate which has enabled the comfortable stay of the many Indians visiting, living, and working in the Kingdom.


• Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh is India’s consul general in Jeddah.