Saudi photographer’s winning shot and the stories behind it

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Raed Abdullah Al-Maliki captured an award-winning photo, main, of the Grand Mosque domes from a helicopter during Hajj season, showcasing their size in relation to a solitary figure on the roof. (Supplied)
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Raed Abdullah Al-Maliki captured an award-winning photo, main, of the Grand Mosque domes from a helicopter during Hajj season, showcasing their size in relation to a solitary figure on the roof. (Supplied)
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Raed Abdullah Al-Maliki captured an award-winning photo, main, of the Grand Mosque domes from a helicopter during Hajj season, showcasing their size in relation to a solitary figure on the roof. (Supplied)
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Raed Abdullah Al-Maliki captured an award-winning photo, main, of the Grand Mosque domes from a helicopter during Hajj season, showcasing their size in relation to a solitary figure on the roof. (Supplied)
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Updated 05 March 2024
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Saudi photographer’s winning shot and the stories behind it

  • From hobbyist to international artist, the journey of Raed Abdullah Al-Maliki

MAKKAH: Raed Abdullah Al-Maliki, a Taif native, developed a love for photography from a young age, particularly in documenting family events, eventually earning him a reputation as the family photographer.

Al-Maliki holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Umm Al-Qura University and currently serves as an employee at the Ministry of Education.




Raed Abdullah Al-Maliki captured an award-winning photo, main, of the Grand Mosque domes from a helicopter during Hajj season, showcasing their size in relation to a solitary figure on the roof. (Supplied)

As an active member of numerous local and international photography clubs, Al-Maliki holds affiliations with key organizations, including the International Federation of Photographic Art and the Photographic Society of America. He has showcased his talent in various local and international photography exhibitions, clinching several accolades.

His most recent recognitions came through the This Is Makkah photography competition, a part of the Makkah Brings Us Together event activities, organized by the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites.

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Al-Maliki said that technological advancements have made photography easier, especially with artificial intelligence technologies inside cameras that contribute to solving many problems. ‘From my perspective, so long as there is an idea and a message, your work will reach its audience and you will maintain your position.

Reflecting on his journey, Al-Maliki shared with Arab News: “My belief in the saying, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words,’ is the main motivation for me to continue this hobby, especially since a picture stops a moment in time and allows people to remember what made them happy later on. What the picture means to the photographer is a noble message that must be conveyed correctly.”




Raed Abdullah Al-Maliki captured an award-winning photo, main, of the Grand Mosque domes from a helicopter during Hajj season, showcasing their size in relation to a solitary figure on the roof. (Supplied)

He added: “I will never forget the first professional camera that my father gave me. It was like the exploration stage of a new world. At that time, I began to learn about the camera and then experimented with various types of photography. I believe that this stage was the most important in my journey because it taught me the basics of photography and allowed me to delve into its exceptional world, especially since I started taking diverse pictures and learning from my mistakes.”

Al-Maliki said that he moved on to the stage of practical application and improvement through visual nourishment, attending specialized courses and workshops, especially art exhibitions that help interact with photographers and benefit from their experiences.




Raed Abdullah Al-Maliki captured an award-winning photo, main, of the Grand Mosque domes from a helicopter during Hajj season, showcasing their size in relation to a solitary figure on the roof. (Supplied)

“When I started participating in local and international competitions, I set several goals for myself to strive for, which became a motivation for me to continue. I have achieved some of them. I was awarded the title of ‘international artist’ by the International Federation of Photographic Art, as well as ‘golden exhibitor’ by the Asian Photographers Union.”

Al-Maliki further explained that when he started participating in competitions in 2009, he was not successful, but despite that, he did not hesitate to continue participating.




Raed Abdullah Al-Maliki

“With perseverance, attempting to capture different shots, and self-improvement, I won my first international award in 2013. I always made sure to learn and benefit from the community of photographers around me. As for the picture of ‘the domes on the roof of the Grand Mosque,’ I consider it the main player in my submissions.”

Al-Maliki said: “This picture has won more than one award at both local and international levels, including gold, silver, and bronze medals, as well as honorary distinctions in several different countries, including recently Oman, China, France, and India.




Raed Abdullah Al-Maliki captured an award-winning photo, main, of the Grand Mosque domes from a helicopter during Hajj season, showcasing their size in relation to a solitary figure on the roof. (Supplied)

“It is considered one of the closest shots due to the circumstances under which it was captured, as it was taken during the first helicopter flight operated by a security agency during the Hajj season, specifically on the Day of Arafah. This day is known for the Grand Mosque being empty of pilgrims as they stand on the plains of Arafat.

“Also, due to the windy conditions and altitude at midday, multiple rapid shots were taken until success was achieved, with only this person present on the roof of the Grand Mosque, which contributed to highlighting the domes and their size compared to the person, as well as the presence of all shades of monochromatic colors in the work and the contrast of its elements.”

What the picture means to the photographer is a noble message that must be conveyed correctly.

Raed Abdullah Al-Maliki

Speaking about what the Saudi photographer lacks to achieve international recognition, he explained that we are living in the golden age of photography, with the vision of our inspiration, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who sees us as the true force for achieving the vision.

“The Kingdom is rich in its diverse terrain and beautiful places, be it in the north, south, east, or west.

“Every photographer should seize the opportunity to capture shots that remain in the memory of viewers and leave a special mark, especially since the spread of pictures has become easier than ever through various social media platforms and the ease of access to the world. I will strive diligently to represent my country and achieve top positions because we are always at the forefront and nothing hinders our sky-high ambition.”




Raed Abdullah Al-Maliki captured an award-winning photo, main, of the Grand Mosque domes from a helicopter during Hajj season, showcasing their size in relation to a solitary figure on the roof. (Supplied)

He pointed out that technological advancements have made photography easier, especially with artificial intelligence technologies inside cameras that contribute to solving many problems. From my perspective, so long as there is an idea and a message, your work will reach its audience and you will maintain your position, regardless of the tool used in photography, whether professional cameras or even mobile phones.

“The photographer plays a large part in showing creativity because no matter how many resources are available, without the right person, you cannot impress others.”

Al-Maliki concluded by stating that artists can see their reality differently, even if they are accustomed to it. “Choosing different angles and places at different times and with new ideas will help me find subjects worthy of photography. Usually, I search for new angles photographers have not touched upon, hoping to highlight a different aspect through the picture.”

 


Authorities implement more than 80 projects in Alkhobar

The Eastern Province municipality is currently implementing more than 80 development projects and programs in Alkhobar.
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Authorities implement more than 80 projects in Alkhobar

  • The initiatives include neighborhood developments, road rehabilitation, new parks, and comprehensive development projects in various sectors

DAMMAM: The Eastern Province municipality is currently implementing more than 80 development projects and programs in Alkhobar governorate.

The initiatives include neighborhood developments, road rehabilitation, new parks, and comprehensive development projects in various sectors.

The goal is to improve the quality of life, create a model sustainable environment, and reinforce Alkhobar’s position as a tourist attraction and influential economic center.

The municipality indicated that the projects include a program to develop key and main roads, encompassing more than 38 roads in the governorate.

Efforts are also underway to improve traffic flow on several roads and intersections in the region by enhancing road network performance and raising traffic safety to meet international standards.

Additionally, the municipality is focused on the continued development of King Salman Bridge, including covering, beautifying and lighting the bridge walls as part of ongoing work to enhance bridges and tunnels.

 


Princess Nourah University launches Masar program

Summer program Masar was launched Sunday at the Students Career Support Center at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University
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Princess Nourah University launches Masar program

  • Program aims to prepare female university students and graduates for the labor market by undertaking training courses at the headquarters of participating entities

RIYADH: The summer program Masar was launched on Sunday at the Students Career Support Center at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, with the participation of private sector entities.

The program aims to prepare female university students and graduates for the labor market by undertaking the necessary training courses at the headquarters of participating entities.

Masar is designed to strengthen competitive competencies to contribute to the Kingdom’s development, while enhancing students’ career readiness by providing them with professional skills and practical experience. The journey begins with personal and professional development and ends in training opportunities.

The summer program comprises a package of events and activities, including a career guidance camp organized in partnership with a training entity. The participating student is working toward a management certificate. The program also includes a virtual workshop, organized in partnership with Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University.

The events and activities are part of the Students Career Support Center’s efforts to contribute to achieving the PNU Strategic Plan 2025 by helping female students into the labor market and increasing their competitiveness, while enabling them to help to build the society of the future.


More than 1.4 million people visit Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa during last six weeks

More than 1.4 million people visited Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah during the last six weeks. (SPA)
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More than 1.4 million people visit Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa during last six weeks

  • The area of Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa is 330 square meters and has a capacity to accommodate 800 visitors per hour
  • 762,101 males and 641,539 females visited the sacred site between Dhul-Qadah 1 and Dhul-Hijjah 14

RIYADH: More than 1.4 million people visited Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah during the last six weeks, Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

762,101 males and 641,539 females visited the sacred site between Dhul-Qadah 1 and Dhul-Hijjah 14, SPA said.

The Holy Rawdah lies between the Sacred Chamber (known as the Prophet’s house), and the Prophet’s Minbar (or pulpit).This southeastern section of the Prophet’s Mosque is where his house once stood, where he lived with his wife Aisha bint Abu Bakr and is buried. It is of extremely great religious value to Muslims.

The area of Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa is 330 square meters and has a capacity to accommodate 800 visitors per hour, with each visitor spending an average of 10 minutes in the area.

Appointment bookings are verified through the Nusuk and Tawakkalna applications, and visitors scan their QR codes on arrival at the mosque. They are then directed to waiting areas before entering the holy area.


Saudi border guards foil smuggling attempts near Jazan

Updated 23 June 2024
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Saudi border guards foil smuggling attempts near Jazan

RIYADH: Border Guard land patrols have foiled an attempt to smuggle 135 kilograms of qat in Al-Dayer sector of Jazan Region. 
Also in Jazan region, border police thwarted an attempt to illegally transport 160 kilograms of qat in Al-Ardah. 
Legal procedures were followed, and the seized items were handed over to the concerned authority.
Meanwhile, two Pakistani residents attempting to sell 4.7 kilograms of methamphetamine in Jeddah. The individuals were referred to the Public Prosecution for legal action.


KSrelief continues humanitarian activities in Lebanon, Sudan

Updated 23 June 2024
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KSrelief continues humanitarian activities in Lebanon, Sudan

RIYADH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center’s (KSrelief) philanthropist works in Lebanon and Sudan continues with its latest provision of medical support and basic food requirements for needy individuals.

In the Miniyeh region of northern Lebanon, the Souboul Al-Salam Social Association ambulance service being funded by KSRelief completed 56 emergency missions, which involved the transport of patients to and from hospitals as well as the provision of first responder services to individuals involved in traffic incidents.

In Sudan, the Saudi aid agency distributed 620 food packages to displaced families staying at the Shelter Center in Blue Nile State, or about 6,131 individuals receiving the subsistence items under the third phase of the Food Security Support Project for the country.