‘Anecdotes of an Arab Anglophile’ at the UK’s Society of Authors

Saudi Ambassador to Britain Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan at the Society of Authors’ seminar on Arab-British relations
Saudi Ambassador to Britain Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan at the Society of Authors’ seminar on Arab-British relations
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‘Anecdotes of an Arab Anglophile’ at the UK’s Society of Authors

Saudi Ambassador to Britain Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan at the Society of Authors’ seminar on Arab-British relations
Saudi Ambassador to Britain Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan at the Society of Authors’ seminar on Arab-British relations

The Society of Authors hosted a seminar on Arab-British relations in London during the launch of “Anecdotes of an Arab Anglophile,” a book by Faisal Abbas, editor-in-chief of “Arab News."

Led by Chris Doyle from the Council for Arab-British Understanding (CAABU), Monday's seminar focused on themes from Abbas’s book, published in English by Nomad Publishing.

It emphasized cultural bridge-building and understanding diverse societies’ customs and traditions. Discussions also covered Saudi Arabia’s reforms under the Kingdom’s national transformation plan, Vision 2030, and their global impact.

In his opening speech, Saudi Ambassador to Britain Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan praised "Arab News," published in English by the Saudi Research and Media Group (SRMG), for making his ambassadorial work easier.

He pointed out that traditionally, most books reflect the world’s perspective on the Middle East, but he welcomed the reversal of roles.

He highlighted this shift as part of Saudi Arabia’s ongoing progress in culture, economy, trade, and more.

From the British side, keynote speaker Sir Ben Elliot noted that such books play a crucial role in fostering respect and understanding between the two kingdoms.

He continued by highlighting that many have been fortunate to visit Saudi Arabia and witness its vibrancy.

Books like those by Abbas underscore the importance of cultural exchange, encouraging broader understanding through travel, respect, and open dialogue.

After the seminar, there was a book signing and a reception attended by British and Arab parliamentarians, former politicians, senior journalists, and academics.



Hira Cultural District Launches ‘Summer of Hira’ Events

Located next to Jabal Al-Nour, one of Makkah’s most famous landmarks, the district opens its doors daily to visitors from around the world  - SPA
Located next to Jabal Al-Nour, one of Makkah’s most famous landmarks, the district opens its doors daily to visitors from around the world - SPA
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Hira Cultural District Launches ‘Summer of Hira’ Events

Located next to Jabal Al-Nour, one of Makkah’s most famous landmarks, the district opens its doors daily to visitors from around the world  - SPA
Located next to Jabal Al-Nour, one of Makkah’s most famous landmarks, the district opens its doors daily to visitors from around the world - SPA

The Hira Cultural District on Saturday launched the activities of “Summer of Hira,” which will run until Saturday, August 8th.

The events, designed to cater to both residents and visitors of the Makkah Region, include various activities such as 360-degree corners, ice cream and juice service, camel and horse rides, painting workshops, calligraphy sessions, and displays by productive families. Additionally, there will be a kids’ zone, a caravan, and events featuring pets, birds, and a photo contest, SPA reported.

Visitors can also experience a unique cultural journey at the Revelation Exhibition, which features life-sized models of the Cave of Hira and a large screen narrating the story of the revelation to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
Located next to Jabal Al-Nour, one of Makkah’s most famous landmarks, the district opens its doors daily to visitors from around the world, showcasing Saudi Arabia's advancements in developing historical sites and enriching the religious and cultural experience of its guests. The district offers a unique and enriching experience, providing an entertaining, cultural, and historical journey into the past that leaves a lasting impression.
Spanning approximately 67,000 square meters, it accommodates a diverse range of tourists from various nationalities and social segments.