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 RiyadhArt is expected to be bringing to the capital, in addition to other centers of creativity in the Kingdom.
In the current fight against the pandemic, women of Saudi Arabia haven’t failed in showing significant leadership skills. Princess Hind Bint Abdul Rahman Al Saud is among the powerful women who are standing against the spread of the virus.
Princess Hind Bint Abdul Rahman Al Saud has been named Ambassador of the Regional Social Responsibility Network, the global network that supports and aids the efforts exerted towards ending the spread of the virus.
The network also advocated the work of governments and organizations across the globe geared towards curbing the current pandemic.
The Regional Social Responsibility Network was launched between March 25 and June 25 as part of the United Nations Global Compact. It saw the participation of many Arab and international figures and is in cooperation with the International Community Responsibility Federation.
HRH is the ideal candidate to provide insights and support to the campaign considering her remarkable career in business and various fields.
Commenting on her landmark appointment, the Princess took tweeted words of gratitude: “I have had the honor to be selected as an ambassador to support international efforts in the fight against the current pandemic.”
In light of the campaign’s role in fighting off the novel virus, it will host key events such as the launch of the “Supporting Ambassador For The International Efforts To Fight COVID-19.”
The event will bring together renowned leaders and personalities who will leverage their strengths and presence in order to send powerful messages to various communities across the globe on the roles they can play to help curb the coronavirus pandemic.
One of the wings of the Saudi Health Council, the National Center for Health Research and Studies had launched several electronic platforms that are specialized in providing comprehensive interactive services on coronavirus.
Among these newly launched platforms is the interactive map, which monitors the number of infected people around the world and offer the ‘BasherBot’ a bot designed to be your smart assistant, it answers all of your questions and speaks different languages.
The new platforms have been launched in light of the efforts exerted by state agencies to help limit the spread of the virus by taking all the necessary and precautionary measures.
Secretary-General of the Saudi Health Council, Dr. Nahar Bin Mazki Al-Azemi, said that the launch of the electronic platforms is yet another extension to the preventive measures taken and the efforts done by government agencies to help end the coronavirus.
Highlighting the features of “Basherbot,” General Director of the National Health Information Center Eng. Hashem Abu Bakr said: “It works with artificial intelligence to respond to inquiries and questions related to coronavirus in Arabic and English”.
It is noteworthy that the “interactive platform corona” provides information about the new virus, as well as monitoring and follow-up statistics around the world, instant updates of everything related to the COVID-19, illustrated charts and graphs, as well as displaying the latest news about the virus, educational content to educate users, in addition to a guide on quarantine facilities in the Kingdom.
With the ongoing pandemic, the Kingdom is taking all the preventive measures needed to combat it but at the same time, life must go on and so the government is working hard on providing educational and work opportunities.
In light of this, the Kingdom’s Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) launched two digital colleges for women, offering them diploma and bachelor programs in several fields such as data technologies, network systems management, software, multimedia, e-marketing, and web technologies.
According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the new digital colleges will launch their programs at the start of the new academic year.
“This trend to set up digital technology colleges has come so as to keep abreast with the labor market needs for digital jobs and to empower women in this field. We will have qualified graduates having the experience and competence required by the labor market in future.” Governor of TVTC, Dr. Ahmed Bin Fahd Al-Fuhaid, said.
Dr. Al-Fuhaidalso praised the efforts of institution in launching the digital colleges, explaining that the platforms will provide students with the chance to learn from the safety of their homes, “based on performance evaluation indicators such as professional expansion, assimilation, qualification and development of national cadres.”
This also come in line with the Kingdom’s Vision of 2030, that aims at reshaping the economy and giving women equal chances to shine.