A creative Ramadan for the artistic soul

When contemplation has inspired creativity or you want a good time with loved ones, cafes and spaces like Hayy Jameel, Axes Café and Lift Studio among others offer artistic workshops and retreats for various ages. (Supplied)
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Updated 02 April 2024
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A creative Ramadan for the artistic soul

  • Retreat to these art studios and cafes to nurture the creativity and inspiration that strikes during the month of reflection

JEDDAH: Ramadan is the month when some people are not only spiritually and religiously invigorated, but also find renewed creative energy.

Arab News prepared a list of art cafes and studios around the Kingdom that offer the space and tools to aspiring artists and creative minds to practice different art media.

Arty Cafe

Whether you want to paint, draw, sculpt, or do pottery, Arty Cafe has got you covered. The cafe provides guests with the tools, space, and hot beverages to unleash their creativity.




When contemplation has inspired creativity or you want a good time with loved ones, cafes and spaces offer artistic workshops and retreats for various ages. (Supplied)

The cafe is located at Ahmed Alattas Street, Al-Zahra district in Jeddah.

Instagram: @arty.cafe

The Art Cafe

Enjoy your cup of coffee surrounded by art pieces while making your own at this cafe. With its black and white modern interior which looks like a new canvas waiting for colors, the cafe also offers paper cups for those who love a challenge for drawing and painting.

It is located at Jeddah Park by Cenomi, Aziziyah district, in Jeddah, Prince Turki bin Abdulaziz Al-Awwal Road in Riyadh, and at Cenomi Nakheel Mall in Dammam.




When contemplation has inspired creativity or you want a good time with loved ones, cafes and spaces offer artistic workshops and retreats for various ages. (Supplied)

Instagram: @artcafe_ksa

Cafe Ceramique

Cafe Ceramique is the perfect place for children to practice their creativity and engage with peers while parents can sit back with a cup of a coffee. The cafe also offers birthday party services.

It is located at Al-Makan Mall, Al-Malqa district in Riyadh.

Instagram: @cafeceramiquesa

Beehive Art

This artist hub cafe is one big umbrella for many things including a cafe, artists’ creative space, meeting center, and training hall. Beehive Art also provides workshops for painting, sculpting, mosaic, and pottery.

It is located in Al-Masiaf neighborhood in Riyadh.

Instagram: @beehive_arts

Axes Coffee

A special coffee is made for artists at Axes Coffee. With its modern-classic interior and eye-catching masterpieces displayed on the walls, the cafe serves as an inspiration itself.




When contemplation has inspired creativity or you want a good time with loved ones, cafes and spaces offer artistic workshops and retreats for various ages. (Supplied)

It is located at Al-Qadisiyah Street in Al-Yasmin district in Riyadh.

Instagram: @axes_coffee

Fun & Art Culture Cafe

As the name promises, Fun & Art Culture Cafe gives visitors the chance have a good time whether alone or with friends and family. It offers a wide variety of games, like darts, pool, video games, and board games. It also includes a corner for fine arts that allows creative minds to color the world and a small stage for musicians to enchant visitors with their melodies.

It is located in Auto Moto Complex in Alkhobar.

Instagram: @fun_and_art_culture_cafe

Art Studios:

Hayy Jameel

For culture lovers, foodies, art and film enthusiasts, and the curious at heart, Hayy Jameel offers entertaining artistic, film, and food activities. Equipped with an art space, a cinema hall, food stalls, and more, Hayy promises visitors a good time in the creativity-boosting neighborhood.




When contemplation has inspired creativity or you want a good time with loved ones, cafes and spaces offer artistic workshops and retreats for various ages. (Supplied)

It is located on Arwa bint Abdulmuttalib Street, Al-Mohammadiyah district, Jeddah.

Instagram: @hayyjameel

Saudi Center for Fine Arts

The first fine arts center founded in the Kingdom, this center trains aspiring artists of all ages to master the painting style they are interested in.

It is located on Rahmat Al-Islam Street in Al-Andalus district in Jeddah.

Instagram: @saudiartscenter

Art Edge Center

Art Edge Center is a multi-media art center that provides any type of craft that comes to mind, including carving on glass, crocheting, marbling, dada art, manga, pottery, portrait, embroidery, resin, dotting sculpting, and more. The center welcomes people of all ages to the art sessions provided.

It is located on Prince Naif Road, Al-Firdous district in Jeddah.

Instagram: @artedgecenter

Global Art

This is a school where children can establish themselves as young artists and sharpen their skills. The school is part of a chain of international art centers for children to practice their creativity.

It is located in Al-Mohammadiyah District in Jeddah.

Instagram: @globalart_moh 

Art Vision

Portraits, animation, painting on various surfaces, and jewelry workshops are all provided by this art studio for adults and youngsters. The center includes a gallery for artists to display their masterpieces to visitors.

It is located on Abdullah Al-Anqari Road, Al-Zahra district in Jeddah.

Instagram: @art_vision11

Modern Art Center

New experiences are waiting for individuals and groups to try at Modern Art Center. People can attend art sessions individually or make a reservation for a creative party with friends and family. The art sessions available are perfume and candle making, painting on canvas, bags, cups, or mirrors, and carving on clay.

It is located on Prince Saud Al-Faisal Street, Al-Rawdah district in Jeddah.

Instagram: @modernartcenter

Art Space Center

Every week, this art center offers a new painting workshop for enthusiasts, and each workshop introduces participants to a new art school and style. The center also offers workshops for children aged from 5 to 13.

It is located on Alqamah Ibn Al-Ghafwa Street, Al-Zahra district in Jeddah.

Instagram: @artspacecenter

Artistic Touch

Specializing in pottery and clay works, this studio helps people take the first step into the world of pottery and become professional potters. The studio also conducts workshops for aspiring potters, along with painting sessions on canvas and ceramics.

It is located in Alyusr Center in Al-Nahda district in Jeddah.

Instagram: @artistic.touch.jed

Cube Art

Enjoy a party in a new style filled with creativity at Cube Art. Choose the activity of your liking, whether it is painting, candle making, decorating mirrors, sculpting, pottery, farming, or tie-dye, and have a great time with your friends.




When contemplation has inspired creativity or you want a good time with loved ones, cafes and spaces offer artistic workshops and retreats for various ages. (Supplied)

The art studio is located on Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Street, Al-Rawdah district in Jeddah.

Instagram: @cubeart.sa

Elements Studio

From cutting, kneading, shaping, sanding, coloring, and glazing the clay, Elements Studio’s instructors will make sure you thoroughly follow the tips and tricks to each step. There are other art media available at the studio, such as painting and candle making.

The studio is located on Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Street, Al-Khalidiya district in Jeddah.

Instagram: @elements.ceramic

Lift Studio & Space

A gallery, studio, and an art space all in one place serving as a hub for traditional artists of all media, digital artists, fashion designers, and modern sculptors. With its white interior, this studio encourages artists to add lively colors to its space.

It is located in Al-Mathar Ash Shamali district in Riyadh.

Instagram: @lift.ksa

 

 


Black cloth covering Kaaba in Makkah raised ahead of Hajj

Updated 23 May 2024
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Black cloth covering Kaaba in Makkah raised ahead of Hajj

  • Procedure meant to keep the cover, Kiswa, free from getting soiled and tampered
  • 36 specialized technical personnel carried out procedure with aid of 10 cranes

RIYADH: In keeping with the annual tradition, officials raised the lower part of the kiswa — the elaborately designed black cloth covering the Kaaba — in Makkah on Wednesday ahead of this year’s Hajj pilgrimage.
As approved by the General Authority for the Care of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, the exposed part was covered with a white cotton fabric, two-and-a-half meters wide and 54 meters long on all four sides, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
Carrying out the procedure were 36 specialized technical personnel with the aid of 10 cranes.

In this handout photograph, taken and released by Saudi Press Agency, specialized technicians are seen at work at the Kaaba in Makkah on May 23, 2024, raising the special cover to keep it from being soiled and damaged ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. (SPA)

As described in the SPA report, the kiswa is lifted in several stages: It starts with unscrewing the bottom of the cover from all sides, separating the corners, then untying the bottom rope and removing it from the fixing rings, after which the cloth is rolled upward. The lanterns are then dismantled and the white cloth are put in place, after which the lanterns are reinstalled over the white cloth until the final stage.
The procedure is repeated every year to protect the kiswa from getting soiled and damaged as pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba.

In this handout photograph, taken and released by Saudi Press Agency, specialized technicians are seen at work at the Kaaba in Makkah on May 23, 2024, raising the special cover to keep it from being soiled and damaged ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. (SPA)

The annual Hajj in Saudi Arabia is considered the world’s largest human gathering, with year 2012 marking the biggest number of participants at 3.16 million.
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Saudi authorities allowed only a symbolic observance of Hajj with just a thousand pilgrims. The numbers were gradually raised as the health crisis was placed under control worldwide. Last year, almost 1.84 million pilgrims performed the “once in a lifetime” journey and the figure is expected to go higher this year.
Every year, on the ninth day of the Islamic month of Dul Hijjah, the black silk cloth is removed and a new kiswa is draped in its place.


Saudi Arabia welcomes move by Norway, Ireland and Spain to formally recognize Palestinian state

Updated 23 May 2024
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Saudi Arabia welcomes move by Norway, Ireland and Spain to formally recognize Palestinian state

  • Palestinian Authority and its rival group Hamas both welcomed the recognition
  • Israel recalls envoys to Spain, Ireland and Norway for consultations

RIYADH/COPENHAGEN: Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it welcomed the “positive” decision taken by Norway, Spain, and Ireland to recognize a Palestinian state. 
The Kingdom said it appreciated this decision “which confirms the international consensus on the inherent right of the Palestinian people to self-determination,” in a foreign ministry statement. 

The kingdom also called on more countries to swiftly take the same stance, “which would contribute to finding a reliable and irreversible path to achieve a just and lasting peace that fulfills the rights of the Palestinian people.”

Leaders of Norway, Spain and Ireland said on Wednesday they were formally going to recognize Palestine as a state.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said: “There cannot be peace in the Middle East if there is no recognition.”

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez also announced that the country’s council of ministers would recognize an independent Palestinian state on Tuesday May 28.

“Next Tuesday, May 28, Spain’s cabinet will approve the recognition of the Palestinian state,” he said, adding that his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu was putting the two state solution in “danger” with his policy of “pain and destruction” in the Gaza Strip.

Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris said it was a move coordinated with Spain and Norway, marking “an historic and important day for Ireland and for Palestine.”

The Palestinian Authority and its rival group Hamas both welcomed the recognition of a Palestinian state by Ireland, Spain and Norway.

The Palestinian Authority exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank territory while Hamas runs Gaza.

Jordan hailed the coordinated move as an “important and essential step towards Palestinian statehood.”

“We value this decision and consider it an important and essential step towards a two-state solution that embodies an independent, sovereign Palestinian state along the July 1967 borders,” Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told a press conference.

Qatar’s foreign ministry welcomed the announcement as an “important step in support of a two-state solution,” expressing hope that other countries would follow suit.

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council also spoke out in support of the European countries’ move, with secretary general Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi saying it represented “a pivotal and strategic step towards achieving the two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a statement said.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, based in the Saudi city of Jeddah, similarly welcomed the move as an “important historic step”.

Several European Union countries have in the past weeks indicated that they plan to make the recognition, arguing a two-state solution is essential for lasting peace in the region.

Israel recalled envoys to Spain, Ireland and Norway over their moves to recognize a Palestinian state.

“Today, I am sending a sharp message to Ireland and Norway: Israel will not go over this in silence. I have just ordered the return of the Israeli ambassadors from Dublin and Oslo to Israel for further consultations in Jerusalem,” Foreign Minister Israel Katz said in a statement.

Sanchez said in March that Spain and Ireland, along with Slovenia and Malta, had agreed to take their first steps toward Palestinian recognition, seeing a two-state solution as essential for lasting peace.

The efforts come as a mounting death toll in Gaza from Israel’s offensive to rout Hamas prompts calls globally for a ceasefire and lasting solution for peace in the region.

Norway, which is not a member of the European Union but mirror its moves, has been an ardent supporter of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.

“The terror has been committed by Hamas and militant groups who are not supporters of a two-state solution and the state of Israel,” the Norwegian government leader said.

“Palestine has a fundamental right to an independent state,” Gahr Store told a press conference.

The move comes as Israeli forces have led assaults on the northern and southern edges of the Gaza Strip in May, causing a new exodus of hundreds of thousands of people, and sharply restricted the flow of aid, raising the risk of famine.

The Scandinavian country “will therefore regard Palestine as an independent state with all the rights and obligations that entails,” Gahr Store said.

Norway’s recognition of a Palestine state comes more than 30 years after the first Oslo agreement was signed in 1993.

Since then, “the Palestinians have taken important steps toward a two-state solution,” the Norwegian government said.

It said that the World Bank determined that Palestine had met key criteria to function as a state in 2011, that national institutions have been built up to provide the population with important services.

“The war in Gaza and the constant expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank still mean that the situation in Palestine is more difficult than it has been in decades,” the Norwegian government said.


Black cloth covering Kaaba in Makkah raised ahead of Hajj

Updated 23 May 2024
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Black cloth covering Kaaba in Makkah raised ahead of Hajj

  • The procedure is meant to keep the cover, known as kiswa, free from getting soiled and tampered with as pilgrims performing Hajj circumabulate the Kaaba

RIYADH: In keeping with the annual tradition, officials raised the lower part of the kiswa — the elaborately designed black cloth covering the Kaaba — in Makkah on Wednesday ahead of this year's Hajj pilgrimage.

As approved by the General Authority for the Care of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, the exposed part was covered with a white cotton fabric, two-and-a-half meters wide and 54 meters long on all four sides, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

Carrying out the procedure were 36 specialized technical personnel with the aid of 10 cranes.

As described in the SPA report, the kiswa is lifted in several stages: It starts with unscrewing the bottom of the cover from all sides, separating the corners, then untying the bottom rope and removing it from the fixing rings, after which the cloth is rolled upward. The lanterns are then dismantled and the white cloth are put in place, after which the lanterns are reinstalled over the white cloth until the final stage.

The procedure is repeated every year to protect the kiswa from getting soiled and damaged as pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba.

The annual Hajj in Saudi Arabia is considered the world's largest human gathering, with year 2012 marking the biggest number of participants at 3.16 million.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Saudi authorities allowed only a symbolic observance of Hajj with just a thousand pilgrims. The numbers were gradually raised as the health crisis was placed under control worldwide. Last year, almost 1.84 million pilgrims performed the "once in a lifetime" journey and the figure is expected to go higher this year.

Every year, on the ninth day of the Islamic month of Dul Hijjah, the black silk cloth is removed and a new kiswa is draped in its place.


Saudi authorities limit entry to Makkah to Hajj visa holders

Updated 23 May 2024
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Saudi authorities limit entry to Makkah to Hajj visa holders

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior announced that visit visa holders are not allowed to enter or stay in Makkah during May 23-June 21 as access to the city will be limited to Hajj visa holders.

The ministry stressed that all types of visit visa are not a permit to perform Hajj, adding that violators will be subject to penalties according to Saudi laws and regulations.


Saudi FM in Tehran conveys king, crown prince condolences for Iran president death

Updated 23 May 2024
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Saudi FM in Tehran conveys king, crown prince condolences for Iran president death

RIYADH: Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, conveyed the condolences of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to top Iranian officials in Tehran on Wednesday on the death of President Ebrahim Raisi and his companions.

Prince Mansour bin Muteb bin Abdulaziz, Adviser to King Salman and Minister of State, and Prince Faisal were received by Deputy Chief of Staff for Political Affairs to Iran President Mohammad Jamshidi and Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani.

Saudi ambassador to Iran Abdullah Al-Enazi attended the reception.