Tasmeem Fair gives Saudi designers a chance to shine

An artwork on show by Ahmed Jeddawi, architect and calligrapher, in the second edition of Tasmeem Fair in Jeddah. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 14 October 2018
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Tasmeem Fair gives Saudi designers a chance to shine

  • The exhibition was a big success last year
  • Arab News was given special exclusive access to the venue before opening night

JEDDAH: Tasmeem, a nonprofit initiative by the Saudi Art Council, is opening in Jeddah tonight in its second edition. The initiative serves as a platform for interior designers and architects to present their work in a different light, reinforcing their role in Saudi society.

Under the patronage of Princess Jawaher bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz, Tasmeem’s selection of the best and most innovative designers this year grasped the mysterious concept curated by Lama bin Mansour. 

Arab News was given special exclusive access to the venue before opening night. An aura of mystery surrounds the venue but its buzz for excitement can be felt around you.

The initiative’s first exhibit last year was regarded as a success by many, presenting architects and interior designers in a new light, allowing them to develop their displays, resulting in innovative and unexpected creations. Visitors can flow from one hall to the next, admiring the installations and experience some of them firsthand. From a first look, it seems that this year will be equally successful, if not better.

This year’s mysterious concept is one that can resonate with many, with several keynote speakers presenting a number of topics ranging from calligraphy and architecture, architectural photography and more. Workshops and lectures will accompany the exhibition for the duration of the fair. 

Tasmeem Fair is open to all on Oct. 11-22 in SAC’s Gold Moor headquarters in the Shatea district.


Sawsan Al-Bahiti, Saudi opera singer

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Sawsan Al-Bahiti, Saudi opera singer

  • Al-Bahiti has sung opera since 2008
  • Al-Bahiti is the owner of a Jeddah-based company La Mamma Catering

Sawsan Al-Bahiti is the first professional Saudi opera singer and a certified voice coach at the New York Vocal Coaching Center.

Al-Bahiti has sung opera since 2008 and has performed on stage several times in the UAE.

Along with her singing, she is the owner of a Jeddah-based company La Mamma Catering. 

Al-Bahiti has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the American University of Sharjah, UAE, specializing in advertising. She worked as an assistant brand manager for Lipton Green Tea at Unilever between 2012 and 2015, having joined as a trainee.

She also worked as assistant production manager at the Saudi Airlines Catering Co. in Jeddah between 2017-2018, but constantly developed her professional singing skills from university onward, encouraged by her academic supervisor to pursue a career in opera.

Al-Bahiti recently made her singing debut in Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, accompanying the symphony orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala Academy on Friday.

The show opened with a surprise performance of the Saudi national anthem by Al-Bahiti, who received a standing ovation. The event was reportedly attended by over 3,000 people including artists and poets.