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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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Vision 2030 Aims at Providing Job Opportunities For One Million Saudi Women

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Another ambitious plan for the Kingdom in an attempt to provide equal opportunities for women of Saudi Arabia!

The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 hopes to provide jobs for about one million Saudi women, according to Mishaal Al-Balawi, an official at the Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations in Geneva.

“The Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 have put women empowerment among their most important priorities,” al-Balawi said.

Al-Balawi praised the significant role of women in making the economy of the Kingdom much stronger, saying that women are eager to gain access to a large share of reforms especially in the employment market.

These remarks were pointed out by Al-Balawi in a discussion on a report of the working group on the issue of discrimination against women at the Human Rights Council on Monday.

The discussion revolved around the rights of Saudi women and changing the employment scenario to include them.

Al-Balawi also pointed out that Kingdom is doing its best to end to violence and harassment against women at their workplaces.

“The Kingdom, through its regulations and agencies, is striving to address the phenomenon of violence against women at their workplaces as well as to enable them to work in a safe environment. This is through enacting laws to protect women and preserve their rights, such as the Anti-Harassment Law and the Law of Protection from Abuse,” he said.

“The Kingdom seeks to encourage women to study various disciplines, especially science, technology, mathematics, and engineering, as this provides a variety of opportunities for them in the labor market,” he added.

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The Kingdom Aims at Producing the World’s Lowest-Cost Electricity

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The Kingdom has announced that it’s working on a new solar energy project that aim at producing electricity with the lowest cost per kilowatt in the entire world.

The announcement was made earlier by Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister during the “Don’t Forget Our Planet!” conference, which was organized by Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative Institute (FII-I).

Prince Abdulaziz also revealed that the Kingdom is currently in the process of activating several programs, including increasing the use of electricity by 30 percent through renewable energy, while 50 percent will be generated through hydrocarbon sources, adding that work is also underway to take advantage of the wind energy project to harness it in generating power.

The Kingdom will not back down from its commitment to the energy efficiency project, but has even become a role model for high commitment in all related projects.

Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman said that the Kingdom aims to produce 50% of its electricity from renewable by 2030, adding that Saudi Arabia has plans to expand the use of wind energy.

This project is among other ambitious projects that are part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, the vision’s main aim is to diversify the country’s economy and not have it depend solely on oil.

 

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13 Women Appointed to the Kingdom’s Human Rights Commission

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has appointed 13 women to the kingdom’s Human Rights Commission and with that, grant them equal representation as men.

The appointments were announced in a royal decree constituting the rights body for its fourth four-year term.

The HRC President Dr Awwad Al Awwad welcomed the appointments, explaining that this comes in light of supporting women and empowering them to take on positions in diverse fields.

“Appointing 13 women as members of the HRC Council, with a total of 26 members, is in line with efforts made by the Kingdom’s leadership to enable women to occupy leading positions in various fields, and helps achieve what is best for the country,”  Dr. Awwad Bin Saleh Al Awwad, president of the Commission, explained.

“It is this support and direction that has had a huge impact on HRC’s ability to carry out its mission and discharge its responsibility in promoting and protecting human rights under the directions of the Saudi leadership […] It has further helped in laying the foundations and instilling a culture of human rights to the benefit of the citizens and residents of this beloved nation,” he added.

This announcement comes a week after Saudi Arabia was ranked the best country in the region for women by CEOWORLD Magazine.

 

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