US calls for UN action against Iran over Yemen missile

The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of supplying Yemen’s Houthi rebels with a missile that was fired into Saudi Arabia in July and called for the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for violating two UN Security Council resolutions. US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said information released by Saudi Arabia showed the missile fired in July was an Iranian Qiam, which she described as “a type of weapon that had not been present in Yemen before the conflict.” Saudi-led forces, which back the government in neighboring Yemen, have been targeting the Iran-allied Houthis in a more than two-year war. Saudi Arabia’s crown prince on Tuesday described Iran’s supply of rockets to the Houthis as “direct military […]

Free entry to National Museum during 50-day archaeology convention

Tue, 2017-11-07 22:07

RIYADH: Entry to the National Museum at the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center in Riyadh, which is hosting a number of events and programs including exhibitions accompanying the first Saudi Archaeology Convention that began Tuesday, will be free to visitors.

“Prince Sultan bin Salman, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), has directed authorities to cancel the entry fee to the National Museum for 50 days from the opening day of the archaeology convention,” the SCTH media department said Tuesday.

“With this free entry, the SCTH president has made it possible for people to visit the exhibitions accompanying the convention being held at the National Museum that will last for next 50 days,” it added.

The National Museum, besides a number of major events, activities and workshops, is hosting exhibitions including the famous “Roads of Arabia” exhibition, which has to date been organized in 11 internationally famed museums in Europe, America, China and South Korea, and enjoying the wide attention of world media.

Other exhibitions at the National Museum include the recovered antiquities exhibition; the recent archaeological discoveries exhibition; an exhibition reflecting Saudi kings’ care of Kingdom’s antiquities and national heritage, which will be held in partnership with the King Abdul Aziz Research Center (Darah); a photo exhibition on the restoration of Al-Hejaz railway station in Madinah in partnership with Al-Turath Foundation; the Saudi Geological Survey exhibition; a commemorative stamps exhibition; the historic photos exhibition; the pioneers of archaeology in the Kingdom exhibition; archaeology specialized books; a handicraft exhibition; and a fine arts exhibition.

These specialized exhibitions will remain open for visitors for 50 days along with a gala display of cultural, social and tourism events, competitions and artistic shows in the courtyard of the National Museum.

There will also be educational plays on antiquities and excavations, in addition to various folk shows, and a display of several full-length models representing major Saudi archaeological and heritage sites, and handicraft shows.

In conjunction with the convention, a number of programs accompanying the forum will be organized including a range of activities reflecting the cultural heritage of the Kingdom.

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Ambassador launches Saudi wing at London travel fair

Tue, 2017-11-07 20:25

LONDON: Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz, Saudi ambassador to the United Kingdom, on Tuesday opened the Kingdom’s pavilion at the World Travel Market 2017 (WTM) in London with the participation of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and other government and private entities.

This came in the presence of several officials from the participating delegations and the cultural attaché in the United Kingdom, Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Maqshi, the commercial attaché, Bandar Rida, and guests of the opening ceremony.

Bin Nawaf visited the Kingdom’s pavilion where he was briefed on the fair and the participating pavilions including pictures and video presentations on tourism, archaeology and heritage in the Kingdom.

He noted the participation of the SCTH and other governmental and private sectors. “This confirms the consolidation of bridges of communication in the international platforms and the keenness to introduce the historical and cultural depth of the Kingdom and its cultural, heritage and tourism diversity,” he said.

The vice president of marketing and programs at the SCTH, Abdullah bin Abdul-Malik Al-Murshid, said the Kingdom’s participation in the World Travel Market enhances the Kingdom’s global presence in this exhibition.

“It is an opportunity to emphasize the importance of tourism and national heritage as an economic industry. The participation is an opportunity to attract tourism investments from international markets, as well as enabling Saudi companies to participate in the development of their services and products,” he said.

The deputy chairman of the SCTH for support, Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh, said that the Kingdom’s share of tourism will witness great growth as this comes “in conjunction with the launch of a series of initiatives including tourist visas, which are expected to be launched after completion of arrangements with the appropriate authorities.”

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Arbab Al-Heraf: A cafe for art lovers

Tue, 2017-11-07 18:00

JEDDAH: Arbab Al-Heraf Cafe is a place for art connoisseurs to gather and share their passion for art.

It is like a literary club that welcomes all ideas and innovations.

“Arbab Al-Heraf” is an Arabic phrase that signifies those who excel at doing things and mastering crafts, both artistically and philosophically. This cafe is full of good vibes.

The shop does not occupy a large space, but it harbors many activities inside its walls: Music, singing, and loads of antiques.

Resembling the Akkad Salon in Egypt, Arbab Al-Heraf gives the outlook of a museum that combines Western and Oriental items.

Every Thursday, visitors gather to enjoy musical performances by locals who play various musical instruments. The cafe is visited by many who are interested in fine arts while enjoying a cup of coffee. The cafe also holds workshops related to art drawing and music.

Arbab Al-Heraf is located In Jeddah’s Al-Salamah district on Al-Yamamah Street. The café is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. except on Sundays.

The founder of the cafe, Abdulla Al-Hudaif, told Arab News about his education and how the idea for the cafe emerged from his passion toward art.

“The idea was there since I was a child; I was only six-years-old when I began to assemble old things in our house. I had a small warehouse where I collected paintings. When I was 16, my warehouse was filled with a collection of old items.” Al-Hudaif said.

Al-Hudaif graduated from the department of finance at King Saud University, then went to get a master’s degree in global business administration in Australia, where he used to attend Gold Coast events and gained knowledge on how to lead people through art.

“After my return to the Kingdom, I discovered the historical area in old Jeddah, and I long meditated on its beauty,” he said. “Many of my colleagues told me that I have a sense of beauty and art and suggested to turn my thoughts into reality.”

Although the city of Jeddah is filled with a number of cafes of different sorts, the ambiance of the place is similar to the famous cultural cafe in Egypt known as “Al-Akkad Cultural Cafe” — where intellectuals meet every day. The intimate atmosphere in this cafe cannot be found in any other place. Wooden chairs and sofas combine the warmth of a house with the scent of heritage.

“The cafe witnessed days without any visitors. Later on, I decided to announce the existence of workshops that interest younger generations and people started to visit the place more and more. We started to participate in local events. Hopefully, we will continue to grow.” said Al-Hudaif.

Day after day, the reputation of the cafe started to spread among Jeddawis and consequently, it gained wide media coverage.

“From our schedule for the next week, we will start using the top floor as a gallery to showcase international films aimed at offering a different taste,” he told Arab News. We are trying to compete, we are racing a young age.”

Youssif Al-Sawwaf, one of the cafe’s visitors told Arab News: “It is rare to find a place that combines workshops and coffee in Saudi Arabia. The founder welcomes everyone and is creating a new environment for new talent.”

Saja Al-Hummaiany, a psychology student at Effat University told Arab News. “Arbab Al-Heraf is where we can share our thoughts and enjoy music.”

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