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Riyadh Municipality: Beautifying The Capital

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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.

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Atleir Des’Lumières Paris’s Digital Art Museum

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French artwork and museums had a space in peoples heart for a long time, but this one will 
grasp in your heart and mind. Atleir Des Lumières, a digital art exhibition featuring the 
historical artwork of Vincent Van Gogh and many establish European artists. You get to walk 
and live through the paintings, and get a experienced apprehension of artwork. Where each 
visitor immerses themselves in a dreamy reality of sentimental colors, and enticing artwork, 
separating them from the world and immersing them into a canvas of Vincent Van Gogh, as 
you enter each room of the 2000 sq exhibition, you are either painted into a new projection 
of the Viennese painter Gustave Klint, all 100 landscapes come into life by the melodias of 
Beethoven, Wagner, or Strauss. This digital artwork masterpiece is coming across the world 
everyday, with locations at Shangahia and DubaiL’Atleir Des Lumières 38 rue Saint Maur 
750011 Paris is open everyday between 10 and 18h, Friday until 22h. ticket prices are 14.5 a 
reduced ticket price is 11.5, and a childrens ticket is 9.5. For art lovers who admired artwork 
all their lives, this is the destination for you.  
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Saudi Rania Nashar Makes it to Forbes’ List of The World’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women”

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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.

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This Saudi Landmark Just Won a Prestigious Award for Its Innovative Architectural Design

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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.

“The contractor working on the job must have gone through so much to install the joints and then apply the sheets over it and now it acts as a monument in the Kingdom,” he told Arab News.

It’s also worth mentioning that KAPSARC won the title of ‘smartest building’ in Saudi Arabia from the Honeywell Smart Building Awards program.

“I’m proud to see Saudis accomplish that. There are many more major projects coming up in the Kingdom as well, and I can’t wait to see what they’ll present,” Mukhtar Al-Shoaibi said.

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