Artist awarded for fostering Saudi-UK cultural ties

Saudi artist Lulwah Al-Homoud has received the Rawabi Holding Award for her contribution to promoting Saudi-British cultural relations. (Social media)
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Updated 03 March 2020

Artist awarded for fostering Saudi-UK cultural ties

  • Lulwah Al-Homoud honored at prestigious event in London
  • Much of her work is precision Arabic calligraphy that merges with geometric shapes in an abstract form

LONDON: Saudi artist Lulwah Al-Homoud has received the Rawabi Holding Award for her contribution to promoting Saudi-British cultural relations. 
She was awarded by Abdulaziz Al-Turki, chairman of Rawabi Holding. The award ceremony was held in the presence of Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, Saudi ambassador to the UK.
Al-Homoud told Arab News that she was “humbled and honored to be presented with the award,” and that “it came as a complete surprise.”
She said she had “never worked toward an award or to be recognized,” adding that she was just doing what she believes in. 
Al-Homoud said she feels a sense of responsibility to continue using art to strengthen cultural exchange.
She has dedicated years to introducing Saudi art to the West and the wider world. Her artwork has been acquired by galleries and museums including the British Museum, and has been auctioned at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonham’s. 
Much of her work is precision Arabic calligraphy that merges with geometric shapes in an abstract form, creating intricate formations that appear simple. 
“Geometry and pattern are in nature, authentic and pure. A universal language. This universal language is reflected in my work,” Al-Homoud said.
The prestigious Rawabi Holding Award ceremony was organized by the Saudi-British Society and held at London’s Institute of Directors.
Sir William Patey, Saudi-British Society chairman and former UK ambassador to Saudi Arabia, spoke at the event. 
He stressed the importance of further strengthening Saudi-British friendship through cultural initiatives, and congratulated Al-Homoud on her achievement.
Annually, the awards go to one Saudi and one British citizen for their efforts in strengthening cultural relations between the two countries through their work. 
Dignitaries, members of the Saudi-British Society and the media were among those who attended the ceremony.


Saudi Arabia working on coronavirus vaccine with Chinese company

Updated 10 August 2020

Saudi Arabia working on coronavirus vaccine with Chinese company

JEDDAH: The third phase of a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial is to be carried out on at least 5,000 volunteers in Saudi Arabia after clearing mid-stage tests.
In an effort to expedite vaccines against coronavirus, the Ministry of Health announced its preparedness to launch the third phase in health centers across Riyadh, Makkah and Dammam. The clinical trials come as part of a ministry agreement with the Chinese vaccine developing company CanSino.
The findings of the first randomized controlled trial, published in The Lancet, resulted in the vaccine appearing to be safe and inducing a significant immune response in the majority of recipients in the second phase.
The vaccine uses a harmless cold virus, known as adenovirus type-5 (Ad5), to carry genetic material from coronavirus into the body.The volunteers will be over the age of 18.
Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly told a press conference on Sunday that epidemiological analysis had shown a fluctuation in confirmed coronavirus cases, with a slight increase potentially caused by social gatherings during Eid Al-Adha that did not adhere to health protocols.

“These numbers are currently at a slight increase, but they are not a cause of major concern (at the moment) for outbreaks or clusters,” the spokesman said.
Estimates of COVID-19 patients needing critical care have decreased in the past three days and the current curve shows a 5.5 percent decrease in admissions. There are currently 1,816 patients in Saudi Arabia receiving critical care.
The Kingdom recorded 1,428 new cases on Sunday, raising the total number of infections to 288,690 since the beginning of the pandemic.
There were 1,599 new recoveries, raising the total number of recoveries to 252,039. There are currently 33,484 active cases.
Saudi Arabia recorded 37 new fatalities on Sunday, raising the coronavirus death toll to  3,167.
There have been 58,424 polymerase chain reaction tests carried out in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of tests in the Kingdom to over 3.8 million.