Saudi artist Saddiek Wassil transforms metal scraps into art

Monday, 5 March 2018

Saudi artist Saddiek Wassil chose the hammer over the paint brush and used it to shape iron into many creative forms. Wassil ’s beginning was in the city of Mecca, where his father used to take him to his mechanic shop and he developed an interest in iron as a material for his sculptures and transferring scrap metal to unique works of art. The choice of work on solid metals, especially iron, is a challenge for the Saudi artist who sought to form models that reflect the cultural features of ...

Reconstruction of Iraq: The menace of Iran and corruption

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has called on the international community, especially the Arab world, to help Iraq rebuild what was destroyed by successive wars.Of course, Gulf countries were the early donors, but the mullahs of Iran did not commit to paying a single dollar. I was not surprised by Iran’s reluctance, but had expected it.Iran’s dark shadowIn my opinion, the two most important obstacles impeding the reconstruction of Iraq are financial and administrative corruption ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

Greetings to the city of Muharraq

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

I regularly receive dozens of invitations to attend conferences, seminars, forums, meetings and exhibitions on a wide range of political, economic, social, intellectual and cultural issues. However, many of such events turn into “duplicated copies”, having same faces and same themes, and some of them are repeated “periodically” in which merely the location of the city or the host country is changed, but the subject and its treatment remain boring and monotonous. This is ...

Hussein Shobokshi

The secret behind popular beliefs

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Popular beliefs are an important part of our behavior and character. They’re deep-rooted and we often use them on a daily basis although they are illogical.We don’t want to eliminate them after we fondly inherited them. This is why many people protect them even though they are irrational. Who hasn’t been to a museum somewhere in the world and saw a painting that reflects a popular belief? Who hasn’t read a popular novel that highlights a culture’s legacy? Or watched ...

Reem Al-Kamali

PHOTOS: India guest of honor at this year’s Janadriya festival

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman inaugurated the pavilions of MiSK Charity, Ministry of Energy and Industry and Mineral Resources as well as that of India, the guest of honor country, at the Janadriya village near Riyadh on Wednesday evening. Upon arrival at the pavilion of MiSK Charity, the King was received by Secretary General of MiSK Charity Badr Al-Assaker and other officials. King Salman toured the pavilion and was briefed on the pavilion’s interactive platform about ...

Traveling with female friends becoming a trend for Saudi women

Saturday, 3 February 2018

With many changes taking place in the customs and habits of Saudi society, a new trend has appeared, which is grandstanding. People travel abroad with the sole objective of swaggering around snapping selfies simply to show off, even if it is at the expense of essential needs of the individual or family. Young women have become an inseparable part of any family trip nowadays. And often they are the ones who plan, lead and even finance the trip, according to a report published by Al-Riyadh ...

On systematic ignorance during Islamic awakening

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Saudi author Mohammed al-Mahmoud said in a tweet that Saudi Islamic scholar Safar al-Hawali said in a lecture that when poisonous gas was used against the Afghans, it cleared like a cloud and the winds then directed it towards the infidels’ path, adding that the wind was the God’s soldier.Safar al-Hawali was a master of Sahwa (Islamic awakening) as he significantly contributed to establishing it and lecturing about its ideas. I am certain that many people who heard him talk about ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

Man with Saudi roots who changed the history of Indian theater

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

India has been a trading hub and a crossroads of cultures since time immemorial. The country has had commercial and cultural relations with Gulf countries, the Arabian Peninsula in particular and the Arab world in general. As a result, Arab traders turned to India for commercial activities and the people of Najd sent their children to India in the past centuries. During the influx of traders from the Arabian Gulf, some merchants from Najd and Hejaz settled down in the towns of Surat and Mumbai ...

Here’s how entertainment landscape is changing in Saudi Arabia

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Leaders of entertainment giants are here discussing innovations and experience in cinema. A panel session at the Misk Global Forum discussed how the landscape of entertainment is changing. Adam Aron from AMC Entertainment, the largest movie theatre chain in the world, said he was impressed with the new leadership’s direction in modernization and progress and that “Saudi youth have a very bright future ahead of them.” Commenting on the cinema ban in Saudi Arabia, he told Saudi ...

PHOTOS: Art project transforms historic Indian fishing dock

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Indian fishermen unload their morning catch as sari-clad women carrying buckets on their heads walk past street art that has transformed one of Mumbai’s oldest fishing docks into an exhibition space.Thirty artists from around the world have given the bustling 142-year-old Sassoon Dock, home to Mumbai’s traditional Koli fishing community, a colorful makeover as part of the St+art Urban Art Festival.“The artworks range from mixed media to graffiti to street-art styles to ...

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