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Riyadh Art: Bringing Out the Artistic Side of the Capital

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One of the Kingdom’s 2030 goals is for the capital to be known for its art, and with Saudi Arabia’s cultural revolution beginning in earnest, the hope for that aim to become true is definitely increasing.

Just last month, King Salman launched new four projects for the capital, these projects included one known as Riyadh Art, which serves the purpose of the Capital becoming an artistic hub.

The project is expected to feature the distribution of more than 1,000 art piece across public spaces in the city, by the end of 2023.

Edward Gibbs, Sotheby’s chairman for the Middle East and India, says that Saudi Arabia “has a rich archaeological, architectural and cultural history, as well as an increasingly dynamic contemporary art scene,”

“Pioneering projects such as … the open-air Sculpture Museum in Jeddah paved the way by showing the tangible social benefits of displaying contemporary art in an urban setting,” he added.

“Riyadh Art is an exciting new initiative which promises to promote new dialogues, forging conversations between the next generation of Saudi artists and the wider community,” he said.

These artworks will be created through 10 main programs that cover: Residential neighborhoods, gardens and parks, public squares, public transit stations, traffic and pedestrians bridges, and all tourism destinations across the city.

In doing so, the project is contributing at strengthening the cultural and artistic aspects of the city, and that in return will improve the quality of life in Riyadh which is basically the main aim of the 2030 Vision. The project also hopes to position the city as an international destination and a go to place that combines between both modernity and authenticity.

We certainly can’t wait to see the artistic and creative perspectives that Riyadh Art is expected to be bringing to the capital, in addition to other centers of creativity in the Kingdom.

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Saudi Mountaineer Continues to Support her Late Friend’s Charity Work

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Saudi mountaineer Mona Shahab who climbed Mount Everest earlier this year shows her commitment to her late friend’s charity by using her Everest ascent to raise money for underprivileged children in Egypt.

If you’re familiar with Omar Samra, then you probably have heard of the heart-wrenching story of his wife Marwa Fayed who died in 2013 after complications during childbirth, leaving Samra heartbroken and alone with their kid who luckily survived.

Now, Shahab is showing her commitment to Fayed’s charitable work and vows to carry on with raising funds for the cause.

In a video she posted earlier this week, the mountaineer broke down on in tears whilst telling her story with her close friend Marwa.

“I’m doing it to help Marwa Fayed’s Toy Run give 300 children in underprivileged areas in Egypt a chance to be change agents in their communities,” Shahab says in the video.

Watch the video below, and if you’re as eager as we are to donate to the cause, click here.

 

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The Kingdom Implements End to Travel Restrictions For Women

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The Kingdom has begun implementing the previously announced changes to the laws which now allow women to travel without permission from a guardian, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

“The passports and civil status departments and their branches in all regions of the kingdom have started to implement the amendments stipulated in the royal decree,” the report said, citing an interior ministry source.

The rules were announced in a royal decree earlier last month, and it gives adult women the freewill to travel and exercise more control over family matters.

“The passport department has started receiving applications for women aged 21 and above to issue or renew passports and to travel outside the kingdom without permission,” the department said on Twitter.

These sweeping landmark reforms are a part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman‘s Vision 2030 for the Kingdom that gives citizen a better quality of life. It included last year the lifting of the driving ban on women and the possibility of ending the male guardian system.

 

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Saudi Students Can Now Study Abroad Without a Permit From their Guardians

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Saudi students can now travel abroad to study overseas without a need of a permit from their guardians, this includes students under the age of 21.

All the students need to travel is a proof of their scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports announced on Monday

This clarification comes after a number of reforms have been announced in a royal decree last month, first giving the right for every Saudi citizen to obtain a passport, for Saudi women to travel without permission from a male guardian and now this.

The royal decree has been certainly welcomed and found to be a huge step towards attaining the 2030 vision, that ensures a better quality of life for citizens.

 

 

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