Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Al-Anood showcases Saudi culture to expat audience  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 29/04/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) Al-anood cultural and civilization center organized a cultural exchange and familiarization program at al-tuwaiq palace on sunday in cooperation with major saudi non-governmental organizations (ngos).

the gathering consisting of a large number of diplomats and expats with their families was given valuable information about saudi culture traditions and beliefs besides its rich history and lifestyle.

the center also plans to offer arabic courses at its headquarters in the future.

the event featured works from charity organizations followed by a heritage and handicrafts show during which prominent english-speaking saudi professors highlighted some key pillars in saudi history including its flag and the arabic inscription on it.

speaking on the sidelines of the event nicolas lategan from south africa said there are misconceptions about saudi arabia in the western world. one of them is that saudi women do not enjoy their rights.

'however i discovered that women in saudi arabia are given a lot of respect and a special place in society" he said citing an example of a bank where a lady was given first preference to make her transaction in a long queue of men waiting to get to the counter. 'that was a beautiful gesture which would not have happened in the western world" nicolas said.

he continued 'i think the western world does not realize this and sees these women as separatists because of their veil but the fact is that women feel valued in the kingdom."

nicolas observed that expats should not depend for their views on the western media only. 'i think that every saudi wants to embrace different principles and is open to new ideas. but he also wants to be accepted by the rest of the world along with his culture and beliefs."

al-anood foundation's secretary-general youssef bin othman al-huzaim told arab news that the foundation specializes in establishing coexistence and acquaintances which is a principle inherent in islamic civilization.

'there is an invisible wall between foreign diplomatic missions and the saudi community so we see this is as an opportunity to break the ice" he said.

abudullah babteen co-head of the organization said 'we discovered that most expats live in the kingdom for several years but they have no idea about saudi society as their lives are confined to their commutes between work and home" he said noting that 'they only read about us from foreign writers or on the internet."

babteen said that one of the aims of the program which started more than six months ago was to inform the guests about saudi life and heritage from their own sources. 'we invited ambassadors hospitals ict companies university professors and others to be our guests and to share our culture with them" he added.


 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Aug 2 2015 - Mine Blast Kills One Soldier, Injures Four in Northeast TurkeyQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) A Turkish soldier were killed and four others were injured in a mine blast in the Turkish northeast province of Kars, security sources said. Turkey's Anadolu Agency reported that ...

 Aug 2 2015 - Turkish Prime Minister Meets HE Qatar's Minister of State for DefenseQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met Sunday with HE Qatar's Minister of State for Defense Affairs Major-General Hamad bin Ali Al Attiyah and his accompanying delegation on the ...

 Aug 2 2015 - HE Prime Minister Meets US Assistant Secretary of StateQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani met Sunday with US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson and ...

 Aug 2 2015 - Dubai property giant Emaar's profit up 12% in first halfAFP
(MENAFN - AFP) Dubai-based developer Emaar Properties on Sunday reported a 12 percent rise in net profits for the first six months of 2015 due to high revenues from its shopping malls and ...

 Aug 2 2015 - 'Egyptian Industrial Product Preference' regulation will decrease foreign product imports: FEI board memberDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade announced it has finalised an executive regulation of Law 5/2015 to create a preference for Egyptian industrial products in ...

 Aug 2 2015 - Egypt's economy grows 4.7% in first 9 months of FY 2014/2015Daily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Egypt's economic growth rate in the first nine months of fiscal year (FY) 2014/2015 grew by 4.7%, Minister of Planning Ashraf El-Araby said in a Saturday press ...

 Aug 2 2015 - Barclays says its activities in Africa strengthenedDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Barclays has increased its contribution to the African market and strengthened its business in South Africa, the bank said in a recently published report.It is working to ...

 Aug 2 2015 - Al-Azhar Grand Imam sends condolences to bin Laden familyDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Egypt's top religious institute Al-Azhar sent its condolences to the Saudi bin Laden family, after a plane crash in the UK left three members of the family dead.Al-Azhar's ...

 Aug 2 2015 - Egypt- Al Jazeera re-trial further postponed to 29 AugustDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) The retrial of Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed has been postponed for the second time, with the verdict now expected on 29 August.The ...

 Aug 2 2015 - Strategic dialogue follows Egypt's strategy to decentralise source of weapons: ResearcherDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his US counterpart John Kerry in Cairo on Sunday for the strategic dialogue between both countries, the first meeting of ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help