Category Archives: Art & Culture

Saudi designers to wow at Fashion Forward Dubai

Arwa Al-Banawi

In two weeks’ time, Fashion Forward Dubai, one of the year’s most anticipated events in the fashion industry, will showcase a carefully curated selection of the Middle East’s coveted ready-to-wear, couture, accessory and jewelry designers. Fashion Forward Dubai (FFD), which

Arab Media Forum 2017 kicks off in Dubai on April 18

Mona Ghanim Al-Marri

The two-day 16th edition of the Arab Media Forum (AMF) is set to kick off on April 18 at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai under the theme “Civil Dialogue.” The annual event, to be held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed

E-link between general, appeal courts ordered

Walid Al-Samaani

Minister of Justice Walid Al-Samaani has ordered the electronic link between the criminal and family affairs and appeal courts on an experimental basis, according to a ministry statement. The step is meant to shorten times of cases, and speed up

Meet the Saudi teen behind the hijab… emoji!

Rayouf Alhumedhi

A dedicated “hijabi emoji” is set to appear on smartphones for the first time — and a 15-year-old Saudi teen is behind it. Rayouf Alhumedhi, who was born in Riyadh and now lives in Germany, proposed the new emoji sign,

Riyadh among top ten destinations in OIC states

Riyadh was ranked among the top 10 destinations within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for Muslims traveling for shopping purposes, according to a report. The report was released by MasterCard and CrescentRating just ahead of the upcoming Global Islamic

Traditional Asir dances ‘haram’: Fatwa

Saad Al-Hajri, Asir’s mufti, has issued a fatwa banning some traditional dances of the region. This fatwa was issued during a religious lecture in Mahayel Asir. Responding to a students’ question, the mufti said: “If people who perform traditional dances

Ministry’s insistence on dress code for female workers ignites heated debate

The Ministry of Labor’s decision to impose fines on female workers violating the dress code at their workplaces has sparked a heated debate. According to a local newspaper, the Ministry of Labor plans to impose a fine of SR1,000 on

KFF, IB launch pilot project

In an effort to boost educational standards in Saudi schools, the King Faisal Foundation (KFF) has teamed up with International Baccalaureate (IB) to run an ambitious education project for a cluster of 18 schools in the first phase. The project

Janadriyah Festival to have Germany as guest of honor

Germany will be the guest of honor at the 30th Janadriyah festival starting Feb. 3, at the Al-Janadriyah heritage village located on the outskirts of Riyadh. “It is a great honor for Germany to have been chosen as the guest

Unique representation to highlight KSA’s rich culture

In a unique opportunity to promote local arts and culture, five Saudi artists representing the cities of Al-Ahsa, Dammam, Hail, Jeddah and Al-Jouf are participating in the first GCC handicrafts exhibition that began in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday. These artists

Best of Indian art in focus at Dubai

Sanchit Art in collaboration with BAQAA Glamour Weddings & Events and the Kataria Art Foundation, is set to present a unique art exhibition in Dubai that exemplifies the best of modern and contemporary Indian art. It will be the second

Jeddah expects a million visitors

According to sources, Jeddah is likely to attract more than 1 million domestic tourists for the Historic Jeddah Festival later this month. More than 536 families reside in Jeddah’s historical district. The district, which has nearly 1,866 houses and buildings,

SCTA licenses 4,762 hospitality facilities

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) recently revealed in a report a significant increase in licenses for tourism accommodation in 2014 in 16 regions, with a total amount of 4,762 licensed hotels and furnished apartments. The tourism accommodation

Marriage age 18 to restrain dowry-hungry dads

Saudis are eagerly awaiting the approval of a new draft law by the Shoura Council which prevents women under 18 from getting married. The draft law pending approval sets the age of adulthood at 18 and allows women under that

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