JEDDAH: The second Hail Season kicked off earlier this week with an array of diverse activities in sports and entertainment as well as tourist activities organized and supervised by the Ministry of Sports.
The festival runs until Dec. 23 and is held in an area called Al-Maghwah, one of the most prominent tourist parks in Hail, distinguished by the mountainous location that gives it a pleasant and calm atmosphere.
At Al-Maghwah, there is also a popular market that displays heritage goods and local products.
The event aims to invest in the region’s capabilities in terms of geographical location, weather, and young talent, and to open up job opportunities.
It also aims to shed light on the heritage of the Hail region to improve tourism.
Saudi Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal said at the opening of the festival: “Hail Season 2022 embodies the heritage and civilization that characterizes this region, and it reflects the great support we are receiving from our wise leadership towards achieving the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”
He added: “In cooperation with our partners from the public and private sectors, we are keen to highlight the ancient history of this area, which will reflect positively on attracting tourists and visitors from all over the world.”
Since the festival is sport-themed and held during the time of the world’s most significant international sports event, the FIFA World Cup, the event allocated an open space named World Cup Fan Village for visitors to enjoy watching the games.
The event will also feature a camel race, in cooperation with the Saudi Camel Federation, and the Hail Season Cup for Falcons, in cooperation with the Saudi Falcons Club.
Other activities are also taking place at the festival, such as motorcycling, live music, and live cooking shows, as well as fireworks, different competitions for all age groups, an outdoor cinema, carnival games and shows as well as a children’s area and special corners for micro-enterprises that provide various types of food.
Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy wild excursions and camping in the area with the support of local tour companies, to live a unique tourism experience in Hail’s attractive nature.
Hail Season, with its various entertainment options, not only effectively contributes to enhancing the region’s capabilities to host large events but also opens up job opportunities.
In line with the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, the event also has a prominent role in developing adventure tourism, as well as building sustainable infrastructure for the region, which will stimulate economic growth and attract local and international visitors.
RIYADH: Noor Riyadh wrapped up its cultural and artistic events on Saturday, after setting six Guinness World Records, including for largest celebration of light arts.
The 17-day festival achieved five other records for the artwork titled “Pulse of Light” — longest distance covered for a light laser display, largest light laser display, highest and largest display on a building interface, and largest number of drones participating in a creative art show.
The installations were part of the annual festival of light and art featuring more than 190 works by 130 Saudi and international artists from more than 40 countries.
Noor Riyadh is the first such festival implemented under the auspices of Riyadh Art, the first public art initiative in the Kingdom. It aims to transform the capital into a “gallery without walls,” to beautify it and enhance the creative spirit among the population.
The festival, which opened on Nov. 3, has contributed to enriching the Kingdom’s cultural and artistic landscape by receiving more than 2.8 million visitors.
It presented 500 different events in 40 locations throughout the Saudi capital, including King Abdullah Park in the Malaz neighborhood, Alsafarat neighborhood, Diriyah Historical Town and King Abdullah Financial District.
Noor Riyadh owes much of its success to the insight and care of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which enabled the celebration to become the world’s largest in the field of light arts.
“This success would not have been possible without God’s grace,” said Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, minister of culture, member of the board of directors of the Royal Commission for Riyadh City, and chairman of the steering committee of Riyadh Art.
“The achievements of the Noor Riyadh are a clear demonstration of the Kingdom’s commitment and continued efforts to support national and international talents and to embrace the greatest celebrations that contribute to placing the Kingdom at the forefront of the global art landscape,” Prince Badr added.
He emphasized the importance of continuing efforts to strengthen partnerships with all relevant parties in the future.
Noor Riyadh’s celebrations will be accompanied by an exhibition titled “From Rays to Passion,” which will be held in the Jax neighborhood and will run until Feb. 4, offering visitors an artistic journey of creative light transformation in the past and future, through the continuation of workshops and dialogues presented by elite artists and experts.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a cable of thanks to the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, on Sunday after attending the World Cup opening ceremony.
“As I leave your country, I am pleased to express my deep thanks and appreciation for the warm reception and hospitality that I and my accompanying delegation received. I congratulate you on the successful opening of the FIFA World Cup,” the crown prince wrote.
Prince Mohammed wished the emir good health and happiness, and the Qatari people further progress and prosperity.
Earlier on Sunday, the crown prince directed all Saudi ministries and government agencies “to provide any additional support or facilities required by Qatar” to host the World Cup.
RIYADH: Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar received the newly appointed ambassador of Denmark to Saudi Arabia, Liselotte Plesner, in the Saudi capital on Sunday.
In a separate meeting, Riyadh Deputy Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman also met the Danish ambassador.
During the meetings, the officials discussed issues of common interest.
Last week, Plesner and the ambassadors of Scandinavian countries including Finland, Sweden and Norway, met the president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, Dr. Hala Al-Tuwaijri.
During the meeting, the officials discussed mutual relations and ways to cooperate further on human rights issues.
The Danish envoy also held a meeting with GCC Secretary-General Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf to discuss ways to enhance relations.
DHAHRAN: Ithra wrapped up the third edition of Al-Sharqiya Gets Creative, an initiative focused on unleashing the local creative community’s potential.
This year’s edition featured 250 participants, 16 strategic partners, including universities, businesses, institutes and municipalities, 300 creative participants and 200 teachers.
Al-Sharqiya Gets Creative program has been the largest creativity movement in Saudi Arabia aimed at activating the Eastern Province’s creative potential.
“Al-Sharqiyah Gets Creative reflects a broader focus on talent, creativity and innovation to drive economic diversity and prosperity in Saudi Arabia.
“The initiative is inspired by Tanween, which has welcomed more than 200,000 visitors and more than 75,000 program participants since its inception in 2018,” Ithra said in a statement.
The fifth edition of Tanween drew local, domestic and international talents and participants as the center provided an array of workshops, masterclasses and other activities at Ithra’s landmark building.
Tanween 2022 presented a range of offerings for curious learners of all ages.
Highlights included a keynote address by Saudi design advocate Princess Nourah Al-Faisal, a talk by graffiti artist Carlos Mare and the Inferno robotic experience.
The global lineup of speakers included Reebok cofounder Joe Foster and serial brand collaborator designer Rami Afifi.
Saudi Fashion Exhibition, a celebration of 45 Saudi brands that highlighted the Kingdom’s history through fashion, was also popular.
The Tanween Hub hosted several public activities related to architecture, fashion, nature and technology.
The Weave Not Waste Wall, which had buckets of ribbons on the ready, encouraged visitors to consider the importance of managing textile waste by weaving on large-scale looms using recycled textiles.
The Tanween Challenges exhibition and the Grad Expo showcased the skills of the next generation of designers, while the FIFA World Cup trophy was also showcased at Ithra on its last stop before heading to Qatar.
Both programs were designed to promote creativity in society, while also contributing to the development of the creative industries in general.
For more information on Ithra and its programs, visit www.ithra.com.
ROME: Residents of Rome attended the first concert in Italy of the Saudi National Music Band on Saturday night as part of the 12th edition of “Musei in Musica” (“Museums in Music”) at one of the capital’s oldest museums.
At the concert, attended by Arab News, the band was represented by Emad Lufti Zari, Reaab Ahmed Bukhari, Abdulaziz Abdullah bin Shannan and Saud Abdulaziz Al-Khulaif.
The Saudi artists performed in the Sala della Protomoteca, one of the biggest and most prestigious halls of the Musei Capitolini, where priceless masterpieces from ancient Roman and baroque art have been preserved and kept on display for centuries.
The Saudi National Music Band was founded in 2019 on the initiative of the Ministry of Culture, with the aim of representing the Kingdom in regional and international events, as well as promoting its musical heritage worldwide, in line with the Vision 2030 reform program.
Twenty-six members make up the band, which is also engaged in the training of over 200 young musicians.