Riyadh Municipality launched on April 10, with the aim of beautifying public places in Riyadh through bringing together graffiti artists, all of which is part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
‘Beautifying Riyadh’s Murals’ events will focus mainly on public spheres and spaces in the capital city, so far it has successfully attracted top Saudi graffiti artists.
The events taking places across the capital are divided into two stages, first one is the removal of of any distorted scriptures off the walls, that is done by volunteers. While the second stage is covering the walls with murals, and that of course where artists take over.
Besides the aim of beautifying the city, the event also comes as part of Riyadh municipality’s campaign that is trying to raise awareness, responsibility and change people’s attitude towards public spaces.
It is amazing to see the Kingdom embracing this sort of art, and implementing it in the streets of Riyadh as a part of a huge campaign like this.
This isn’t the Kingdom’s first attempt at beautifying the city; seeing that it has just recently launched a $23 billion project to create vast green areas in Riyadh that includes the world’s biggest city park.
Construction will begin this year on four schemes — King Salman Park, Sports Boulevard, Green Riyadh and Riyadh Art — which is expected to result in several good outcomes such as create sustainable communities, take action against climate change and provide more than 70,000 job opportunities.
The aim of the project is to “significantly improve the lives of its citizens, transform the city into an attractive destination and make it one of the world’s most livable cities,” the government said.
Meanwhile, in Sakaka city, a campaign for beautifying the Makkah Road is currently happening, that was launched by The Committee of Fine Arts and Arab Calligraphy. Artists from Al-Jouf will part a large mural as part of the agreement signed with Al-Jouf municipality and the Saudi Arabia Society for Culture and Art.
Saudi Rania Nashar Makes it to Forbes’ List of The World’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women”
The Kingdom’s own Rania Nashar has made it to Forbes’ annual list of “The World’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women” and we can’t help but feel so much pride!
Nashar was ranked the 99th in the list that includes prominent names such as Angela Merkel, Kamaala Harris, Melinda Gates, Rihanna, & many other global female trailblazers.
Nashar is the first female to hold the position of CEO CEO of Saudi commercial bank, Samba Financial Group. She also made it to this ranking through her tremendous efforts in implementing changes that empower women of Saudi Arabia, all of which comes as part of the 2030 Vision.
Nashar has exceeded 20 years of experience in the field of commercial banking and has been inspiring young Saudi women to take on the challenge as well and break the glass ceiling and for that, we congratulate her.
This Saudi Landmark Just Won a Prestigious Award for Its Innovative Architectural Design
The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has received the American Concrete Institute (ACI) award for concrete construction excellence.
The building, which is designed by Zahra Hadid Architects (ZHA), is one of the most well-known landmarks in Riyadh. It’s known for its unique architectural design.
The structure features an hexagonal honeycomb structure which stands out with hexagonal cell openings providing shade from the harsh sun. “ZHA projects have always been unique and creative in an unprecedented, nontraditional way. There’s no other structure like it in the entire world,” Saudi architect Mokhtar Al Shoaibi told Arab News.
The building is made of extremely complex steel, said Saudi architect Mukhtar Al-Shoaibi.
Women’s Participation Rise 120% in Saudi Industries
Women of Saudi Arabia are claiming their rightful role in private and government sectors, as these sectors strive to hire qualified women in different fields.
According to the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technical Zones (MODON), the number of Saudi women taking part in the industrial cities it oversees has seen a significant increase by around120 percent, bringing the total number of female workers 17,000 by the end of March this year.
Khalid Al-Salem, director general of MODON, said that the authority “has come a long way” and still aims at encouraging the female participation in the industrial sector.
“These oases host clean industries such as medical and food industries, rubber and high-tech industries, as well as prefabricated factories supporting women entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises,” he said.
He said: “MODON seeks to support the productivity of women by providing an optimal environment for their work. Therefore, it signed a memorandum of understanding with a building development company to implement nursery and kindergarten programs in industrial cities and oases under the Ministry of Education’s guidance.” He added.
This strategy of activating the role of women in industrial development goes along with the Saudi Vision of 2020 that aim at enhancing women’s role in the Kingdom’s economy.