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A CREATIVE CITY

Following a meeting of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee held in Bahrain last July, the Al-Ahsa oasis in Saudi Arabia which covers 8,544 hectares making it the largest oasis in the world, was one of nineteen sites around the world to be awarded world heritage status (see the August 2018 issue…

THE CRUISE OF A LIFETIME

There is something very unique about a cruise on the river Nile, something few other cruises in the world are able to offer and certainly an experience that most people never forget. While it’s mostly about rest and relaxation,a Nile cruise is also about rejuvenation, exploration and inspiration. Luxury cruise…

THE HUMAN FACE OF RAMADAN

For many of the world’s 1.8 billion muslims, the month of Ramadan represents an opportunity to try to partially detach themselves from the world and devote themselves to fasting, reciting the Koran, prayer and acts of charity. Each year, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) holds a photography contest around…

WHOLE-ISTIC

It’s often the case that a different, arguably deeper, understanding of a country can come from its arts and culture, not least the contemporary art that is being produced. At a time of such momentous political, economic and cultural change, “Saudi Cultural Days” was very much about struggles to reconcile…

SAUDI ARABIA AND CHINA

What is the current volume of trade between KSA and China? Our statistics indicate that the volume of trade with Saudi Arabia increased from $43 billion in 2016 to $50 billion in 2017. That’s a big increase in a single year. That said, I should note that at one time…