‘One Day in the Haram’ film features captivating views of holy Kaaba

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Capturing the holiest of Muslim places through the eyes of workers, is the idea behind director Abrar Hussain’s film about Kaaba (Haram in Mecca). For the first time in history, the holy Kaaba is filmed over a one day period. “One Day in the Haram” is packed never before seen footage as director Abrar Hussain spent over a year researching to bring a captivating vision of the Haram. Director Abrar Hussain is a British filmmaker, writer and producer. He was raised in London, UK ...

A Saudi-UAE alliance to maintain Gulf security

Monday, 11 December 2017

Coordination and cooperation efforts between Saudi Arabia and the UAE are ongoing amid several regional wars and crises. The two stable Gulf countries are surrounded by a number of “failed” regimes and other regimes that have unsuccessfully tried to escape the quagmire of terrorism and violence.It has been a difficult time for these countries, especially due to sectarian, racist and fundamentalist rhetoric that fuels divisions and pushes armed militias and parties toward absurd ...

Hassan Al Mustafa

This is how cinemas in Saudi Arabia looked 40 years ago

Monday, 11 December 2017

Little do people know that more than 30 cinemas were open in major cities in Saudi Arabia around 40 years ago. Author Khaled Rabee al-Sayyid, whose book “The Magical Lantern: Readings in Cinema” was recently published, told that in the past, Saudi cinemas played documentaries produced by oil companies in the eastern province as well as short movies by Saudi director Abdullah El-Muheisen. ALSO READ: In landmark move, Saudi Arabia to issue cinema licenses in early ...

A New Saudi Arabia to the world: We are open for business

Monday, 11 December 2017

Transformative. That is the word commonly uttered when discussing monumental events unfolding in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2017. A country that long isolated itself from the rest of the world, it consequently manifested a reputation as an ultra-conservative country detached from modernity and disconnected from the world. But the pendulum is finally swinging the other way, as Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s Vision 2030, a plan designed to transform the Saudi economy and society, is ...

How licenses will be granted to cinemas in Saudi Arabia ‘within 90 days’

Monday, 11 December 2017

The Saudi General Authority for Audiovisual Media, which is headed by Culture and Information Minister Awwad Saleh Alawwad, approved to begin granting licenses to cinemas in the kingdom within a period that does not exceed 90 days. Licenses will be granted once lists which organize audiovisual shows in public places are finalized. A statement issued by the ministry of information voiced hope that this move will develop the economy of the cultural and media sector in general and provide job ...

Saudi Aramco to host ‘iktva’ supply chain forum with focus on SMEs

Monday, 11 December 2017

Saudi Aramco will host a forum for key suppliers on Tuesday and Wednesday in the eastern city of Dhahran.Titled the “iktva SME Forum & Exhibition,” the forum is Saudi Aramco’s principal engagement event with valued suppliers who form our energy sector ecosystem, a statement has read.Iktva is Saudi Aramco's In-Kingdom Total Value Add initiative, and the forum aims to highlights the importance of “small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in driving value creation and ...

In landmark move, Saudi Arabia to issue cinema licenses in early 2018

Monday, 11 December 2017

Cinemas in Saudi Arabia will get their licenses in 2018. “As the industry regulator, the General Commission for Audiovisual Media has started the process for licensing cinemas in the Kingdom,” Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad said in a statement. ”We expect the first cinemas to open in March 2018.” The government had promised a shake-up of the cultural scene with a set of “Vision 2030” reforms announced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin ...

Photo of King Salman giving candy to two-year-old child goes viral

Monday, 11 December 2017

A photo of Saudi King Salman giving two-year-old child Khaled bin Bandar bin Faisal bin Bandar, who is a relative of the royal family, candy was circulated by social media users and admired by many for its spontaneous moment of affection.  

Saudi, UAE and British foreign ministers meet on Yemen crisis

Monday, 11 December 2017

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Britain met in Abu Dhabi on Sunday night to discuss the latest developments in Yemen.Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir arrived in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, which hosted the meeting, earlier on Sunday evening.According to the Saudi Press Agency, the meeting included the UAE, UK and United States. The statement did not specify who represented the US during the quartet meeting on Yemen.The international quartet was established in June 2016 by the ...

Major markets rise, led by Saudi Arabia and Egypt

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Major Gulf stock markets rose on Sunday in line with strength in global bourses at the end of last week, with Saudi Arabia and Egypt leading.The Saudi index rose 0.8 percent points to 7,145, bouncing for a second straight day from technical support around 7,000 points in very heavy trade.After initially pulling out of the market in the wake of Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on corruption, announced early last month, retail investors have been coming back in after it became clear that damage to ...

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