Saudi Assistant Minister of Culture Holds Talks with British, Iranian Officials

Saudi Assistant Minister of Culture Rakan Al-Touq meets with UK's Parliamentary Under Secretary of State of Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Lord Stephen Parkinson in Riyadh. (SPA)
Saudi Assistant Minister of Culture Rakan Al-Touq meets with UK's Parliamentary Under Secretary of State of Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Lord Stephen Parkinson in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi Assistant Minister of Culture Holds Talks with British, Iranian Officials

Saudi Assistant Minister of Culture Rakan Al-Touq meets with UK's Parliamentary Under Secretary of State of Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Lord Stephen Parkinson in Riyadh. (SPA)
Saudi Assistant Minister of Culture Rakan Al-Touq meets with UK's Parliamentary Under Secretary of State of Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Lord Stephen Parkinson in Riyadh. (SPA)

Saudi Assistant Minister of Culture Rakan Al-Touq held talks in Riyadh on Wednesday with the UK's Parliamentary Under Secretary of State of Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Lord Stephen Parkinson.

They met on the sidelines of the 45th Extended Session of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, which is taking place in the Saudi capital from September 10 to 25.

Al-Touq welcomed the British official to Saudi Arabia and extended his gratitude to the UK for announcing support for the Kingdom’s nomination to the UNESCO Executive Board for the term 2023-2027 term.

The officials discussed the existing cooperation and stressed the importance of developing bilateral relations within the framework of the memorandum of understanding for cultural cooperation that was signed in February 2022.

They also looked forward to cooperating in developing various projects in the heritage and museum fields.

Al-Touq also met with Iranian Vice Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Dr. Ali Darabi, who was also attending the UNESCO event.

The officials discussed ways to boost cultural cooperation in various fields.



Saudi Arabia's Diriyah Celebrates Eid Al-Adha with Cultural Performances, Festivities

DGDA announced the celebration of Eid Al-Adha with various artistic and cultural events. SPA
DGDA announced the celebration of Eid Al-Adha with various artistic and cultural events. SPA
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Saudi Arabia's Diriyah Celebrates Eid Al-Adha with Cultural Performances, Festivities

DGDA announced the celebration of Eid Al-Adha with various artistic and cultural events. SPA
DGDA announced the celebration of Eid Al-Adha with various artistic and cultural events. SPA

The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) has announced the celebration of Eid Al-Adha with various artistic and cultural events designed to entertain and delight residents and visitors.

The celebrations are taking place in iconic locations around Diriyah, including At-Turaif district and Bujairi Terrace.

The festivities commenced on the first day of Eid and will continue for four days, DGDA said in a statement. Engaging live performances, such as the traditional Al-Ardha and Al-Samari and interactive shows in At-Turaif, will ensure entertainment for all who attend and invite everyone to participate in the celebration.

Highlights of the celebration will include Arabian horse shows, Henna, and candy distribution via roaming classic cars, all of which will add to the celebratory spirit, it said.

According to the statement, DGDA will distribute 25,000 cash gifts (Eidiya) and 10,000 Eid chocolate gifts to families and visitors.

DGDA will host events in three parks, each featuring ten pavilions that showcase Diriyah's cultural legacy.

Bujairi Terrace will be a focal point of the celebrations, hosting a variety of cultural events, live musical performances, and art installations. Visitors will have the opportunity to engage in the traditional art of drawing on pottery cups adorned with Najdi inscriptions, and the immersive 'Diriyah Calligrapher' experience will offer a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Diriyah.

Diriyah's celebrations, during Eid and other significant occasions, have consistently drawn thousands of visitors from within the Kingdom and beyond. "These programs, rooted in Diriyah's rich culture and heritage, offer unforgettable experiences that leave a lasting impression on all who attend," the statement said.