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The Valentine’s Syndrome in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia once thought of Valentine’s as a day that contradicts Islamic beliefs, and heart shaped flowers were sold in secret under the counter. But now, red roses, chocolates and teddy bears are publicly displayed across the Kingdom, after being suppressed in the dark for long.

That was all due to curbs that were placed by the Saudi religious police back in 2016, up until former president of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Makkah, Sheikh Ahmed Qasim Al-Ghamdi announced on TV that celebrating valentine’s doesn’t go against the Islamic teachings, and that celebrating it is permitted to not only non-Muslims, but to all.

“it is a positive aspect of the human being,” he said.

From that day on and valentine’s day have become lucrative to many businesses, especially restaurants, cafes and flower shops of course.

And as for this year, here are some offers that you wouldn’t want to miss out on:

  • Abdulaziz Al-Noman.

A high-end local chocolatier, is doing a cooperation with Fitaihi Jewelry and Rubaiyat retailers; to provide customers with free chocolate boxes and flowers.

  • Fitaihi jewelry.

Is also offering discounts on pendants and love bracelets, and if you purchase from their collection “forever Yours”, you will get the elegant free box of chocolate and roses that is mentioned above!

  • Nadine Attar. 

A jewelry designer and the face of Nadine Jewellery, is dedicating a whole line ‘A journey of love” specially for Valentine’s day.

“Don’t hold back on true sentiments.”

The collection is a limited one, that holds quotes verses from the Qur’an and famous Arab poets such as Al-Mutanabi and Khalil Gibran. The thing that add authenticity to the brand, and makes it the perfect gift for your loved one.

  • Nayomi.

The famous lingerie brand has launched a campaign called #CelebrateRomanceWithNayomi, with discounts on its romance collection reaching up to 25 percent, in addition to a free shipping on all orders until Feb. 14.

Happy Valentine’s day to all, and may this day be a reminder of the progress that the Kingdom is showing.

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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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