An annual cultural event is about to unfold in Saudi Arabia in the form of the most important and most popular book fair in the Arab world. Intellectuals, authors and writers launch and release their books at the Riyadh International Book Fair.
There is intellectual, narrative, philosophical and poetic growth in Saudi Arabia, which is reflected in the awards a number of creative people have won.
Zaki al-Milad deserved winning the fair’s award in the intellect and philosophy category. He won it for his book “The Renaissance Era, how it arose and why it failed?” Jubair Almulyhan, whose writing style is elegant and graceful, also won an award for his novel “The sons of al-Adham.”
Ali al-Dumaini won an award in the poetry category while Saleh Zmanan and Abdul Aziz Saqabi jointly won in the theatre category.
Syrian poet Adonis was right as Saudi Arabia continues to attract the attention of Arab intellectuals and all those interested in cultureTurki Aldakhil
Around 16 years ago, a television interview was broadcast with Syrian poet Adonis. The Lebanese host asked Adonis publications from which country were the most dynamic in the region. “In the Gulf”, he simply answered, citing the intellectual, cultural and poetic activities.
It now turns out that Adonis’ opinion was right as Saudi Arabia is attracting the attention of Arab intellectuals and all those interested in culture.
This is the spirit that emerges when culture complements the education. We hope the Riyadh International Book Fair illuminates us all.
This article was first published in Okaz on February 16, 2017.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.