The first charity auction of contemporary art Art for Al Balad was held earlier on Wednesday and successfully earned a revenue of $1.3 million.
The event took place at historic Nassif House in Al-Balad, Jeddah yesterday, and featured art works done by Saudi and Arab artists and were all sold.
The auction was organized the Ministry of Culture in cooperation with auction house Christie’s.
“It was much above our expectations; we are very happy,” said Michael Jeha, chairman of Christie’s Middle East.
Around 200 Saudi art collectors joined the artists among other members of the Saudi and international cultural communities at the auction.
Bidding was highly competitive, with “Tawaf around the Kaaba 2” a painting by Saudi artist Abdullah Al-Shalty, sold for SR 650,000, which was the highest price paid for any single work in the auction.
The profit made from the charity auction will contribute in establishing a new heritage museum in Jeddah’s historic district in addition to supporting The Help Center, which is a non-profit organization that provides customized educational support to children with special needs.
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Vintage Cars Pop in Jeddah
In five days, an international motor show, will take place in Jeddah. The Jeddah superdome, 6th December and until 10th of December, will be one of the biggest international motor shows. The exhibition is sponsored by the ministry of transport and logistics and organized by the Salah company. The Jeddah Superdome, has set a world Record for being the largest freestanding dome in the world, in contrast to the Tokyo Dome which formerly held the title, with 206 meters. Located on the Madinah Road, West of King Abdallah sport City, the Jeddah Superdome has an internal area of 24,000 square meters, and a height of 46 meters, with a diameter of 210 meters, a parking space that accommodates 5200 viceless. The exhibition includes many experiences such as drifting, with professional drivers, on dedicated racks, go karting, off road experience with SUVs with professional drivers in a dedicated circuit, and an opportunity to drive the car of your dreams. In addition to restaurants, cafes that suit all of your tastes. The exhibition includes many important car agencies and exclusive launches of many vintage and antique cars presented for the first time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in addition to an auction of rare classic cars, with more than 35 luxury and rare cars on display. The auction was held by the Silverstone auctioneers, the biggest UK classic car auction house. The event is the biggest in its name, and the car industry, featuring the oldest cars, but unfortunately nothing was sold.
Beaches of the Kingdom Are About to Get Cleaner with This New Campaign
Beaches of the Kingdom are about to get cleaner with the ‘Let’s Make Them Cleaner’ initiative, which was launched on Friday by the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development.
Professional divers are taking part of the campaign as volunteers who are ready to clean the beaches and seabeds of Saudi Arabia, in order to save the marine environment from pollution.
The initiative is one of the events launched for Saudi and International Volunteer Day, which is celebrated every year on the 5th of December.
Entitles ‘Ataa Watan,’ the event covers several programs and activities across Saudi Arabia, they were held in partnership with government bodies and NGOs.
So far, the ministry launched five initiatives throughout this year, as part of the Voluntary Work Platform it launched on March 31, 2020.