Saudis bid to beautify their cities with street art

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Top Saudi graffiti artists are taking part in the beautification drive in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Top Saudi graffiti artists are taking part in the beautification drive in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 15 April 2019
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Saudis bid to beautify their cities with street art

  • The campaign is also meant to raise citizens’ awareness, public ethics, and responsibility toward public places
  • Last month, the Kingdom launched an ambitious  $23 billion project to create vast open green areas in Riyadh

RIYADH: Riyadh Municipality launched on April 10, the “Beautifying Riyadh’s Murals” events that aim to beautify public places and spheres in the capital city, as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The events, that witness the participation of top Saudi artists in the art of graffiti, are divided into two stages; the first consists of removal of distorted scriptures off the city’s walls by volunteers, while the second consists of covering the walls with murals painted by famous Saudi artists.

These events come as part of Riyadh municipality’s campaign to beautify the city, to raise citizens’ awareness, public ethics, and responsibility toward public places, in addition to involving citizens in activities with aesthetic dimensions.

Last month, the Kingdom also launched an ambitious  $23 billion project to create vast open green areas in Riyadh including the world’s biggest city park.

Construction will begin this year on four schemes — King Salman Park, Sports Boulevard, Green Riyadh and Riyadh Art — which will create sustainable communities, drive action against climate change and provide up to 70,000 new jobs.

The aim of the project is to “significantly improve the lives of its citizens, transform the city into an attractive destination and make it one of the world’s most livable cities,” the government said.

The four projects — King Salman Park, Sports Boulevard, Green Riyadh and Riyadh Art — will complement the Saudi Vision 2030’s “Quality of Life” program and are aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals, to create sustainable cities and communities, while driving urgent action against climate change.

Developed with a government investment of $23 billion, the four projects will offer opportunities worth $15 billion for the private sector to invest in residential, commercial, recreational and wellness projects. As well as creating tens of thousands of new jobs, the project will also help boost efforts to improve the city’s health and well-being with a commitment to wellness, health, sports, culture and the arts, underpinned by a commitment to environmental sustainability.

 

Beautifying Makkah Road

The Committee of Fine Arts and Arab Calligraphy has started its campaign to beautify Makkah Road, in the center of Sakaka city, as artists of Al-Jouf area started to paint a huge mural under its auspices, as part of the agreement signed with Al-Jouf municipality and the Saudi Arabia Society for Culture and Art.  

Khaled bin Abdul Rahman Al-Issa, director of culture and arts in Al-Jouf, said that the aim of the mural is to expose and show the cultural, historical, touristic and agricultural landmarks, in addition to the artifacts of Al-Jouf.

 


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.