INAUGURAL SPEECH

Dear readers,

On behalf of the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission in Canberra, I am pleased to announce the inauguration of SACM’s quarterly bulletin. 

The decision to introduce this quarterly bulletin is part of SACM’s overall initiatives to enhance our friendly relationship with Australia by sharing the news and information related to education and culture in Saudi Arabia and Australia. 

The issue of each quarterly bulletin will be divided into two main sections, the Arabic language section and the English language one. The Arabic section serves Saudi readers and those interested to know more about culture and education in Australia. On the other hand, the English section serves Australian readers and those interested to know more about education and culture in Saudi Arabia.

The Bulletin uses a hybrid approach supported by aspects of interactive multimedia to display news and information in reading or visual formats. The quarterly bulletin will be placed on SACM’s website and on its social media platforms such as (X). Sources for each topic will be referenced at the end of each content.

I hope this quarterly bulletin will succeed in serving its purpose by providing useful content for Saudi and Australian readers, and support SACM’s overall efforts to enhance the educational and cultural engagement between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Australia.

Thank you.


SACM CELEBRATES THE SAUDI NATIONAL DAY 93

The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) and the Cultural Mission in New Zealand held a celebration of the 93rd Saudi National Day under the slogan “We Dream and Achieve” in the presence and honor of His Excellency the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Australia Mr. Sultan bin Fahad bin Khuzaim, and from a distance His Excellency the Saudi Ambassador to New Zealand Mr. Muhanna bin Saleh Aba Alkhail.

His Excellency to Australia, as well as His Excellency to New Zealand, delivered speeches in which they spoke about the importance of Saudi National Day in the Saudi memory. 

His Excellency the Acting Cultural Attaché to Australia & New Zealand Dr. Abdulbari Altamni, has also delivered a speech in which he made a reference to the Saudi leadership and their efforts toward their own people, and the contribution they made in the fields of economic, social, and education.

The ceremony included theatrical and poetic performances and visual materials that presented several projects of Vision 2030.


Flinders, Murdoch, and UQ Universities pay a visit to SACM

His Excellency the Acting Cultural Attaché to Australia & New Zealand Dr. Abdulbari Altamni has received a delegation from Flinders University, Murdoch University, and University of Queensland during the month of September and October 2023. They have discussed ways to strengthen collaboration and partnerships. Dr Altamni also spoke about supporting all Saudi students during their time of study in Australia.


Adelaide, Newcastle, and UNSW Universities pay a visit to SACM

His Excellency the Acting Cultural Attaché to Australia & New Zealand Dr. Abdulbari Altamni has received a delegation from Adelaide, Newcastle, and UNSW Universities, during the month of September and October 2023. They have discussed ways to strengthen collaboration and partnerships. Dr Altamni also spoke about the importance of supporting all Saudi students during their time of study in Australia.


17Agreements to Train Saudi Doctors in 3 Countries

The Ministry of Education has signed 17 agreements to train Saudi doctors in the two stages of fellowship ‘specialty certificate and subspecialties’, in addition to nursing. This has led to the provision of 255 training seats, including 130 seats in Germany, 50 seats in Sweden, and 75 seats in Ireland, within the framework of official visits by the delegation of the Ministry of Education to a number of European countries, which comes as a continuation of the support of international partnerships. The specialties include anesthesiology, cardiac surgery, adult nephrology, neurosurgery, adult oncology, pediatric surgery, respiratory medicine, radiation oncology, as well as vascular surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and nursing. The agreement’s key aim is to enhance the capabilities of health cadres, and expand the training opportunities available globally, within the path of health specializations.

Source: https://moe.gov.sa/en/mediacenter/MOEnews/Pages/Doctors-training-agreement.aspx


“Financial Knowledge” within the Education Curricula

The Ministry of Education has included the “financial knowledge” course within the curricula for the common first year of the secondary tracks.  The course of study has been introduced after studying the best international practices related to academic courses to prepare students to acquire the skills of the twenty-first century through a modern, global curriculum that fits the environment and culture of the Kingdom and keeps up with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030. 

The Ministry of Education, through the Curriculum Development Centre, has adapted the English version of the book and provided it to students through the “Madrasati” platform to enable them to see the book in its English version that was prepared by the publisher. The Ministry has also provided teachers with a guide to facilitate the teaching process and help them use the correct strategies when teaching the course to students, in addition to preparing presentations for the teacher that contain enrichment materials and mental maps for each chapter in the book, which the teacher can use when starting to teach.

Source: https://moe.gov.sa/en/mediacenter/MOEnews/Pages/financial-knowledge.aspx


Saudi Government Ministers to Speak at Digital Universities MENA

Times Higher Education is partnering with Prince Sultan University for the three-day Digital Universities MENA 2023 event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, September 11, 2023. HRH Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Governor of Riyadh province, Government of Saudi Arabia and HH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mohammad Bin Ayaf, Chairman of the board of trustees, Prince Sultan University are the guests of honour at Times Higher Education’s Digital Universities MENA 2023 hosted in partnership with Prince Sultan University.

Ministerial speakers at the three-day event are HE Yousef bin Abdullah Al-Benyan, Minister of education, Government of Saudi Arabia and HE Abdullah Alswaha, Minister of communications and IT, Government of Saudi Arabia, which takes place from Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 October 2023, at Prince Sultan University, Riyadh.  

Other top speakers including Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO, Coursera Peter Wells, Head of education for Southern Africa, UNESCO Yusra Mouzughi, President, Royal University for Women Mahmoud Hammad, Director, Centre for E-Learning and Open Educational Resources, Jordan University of Science and Technology

More than 70 speakers and more than 300 attendees from higher education, industry and government will be at Digital Universities MENA to discuss ‘Innovation for a technology-driven sustainable future’.  

There will be more than 30 sessions including keynotes, interactive panels, live demonstrations, practical workshops as well as networking opportunities. The event will feature the latest innovations and technologies that will transform universities and equip them with the skills to lead and accelerate transformation. 

Source: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/press-releases/saudi-government-ministers-speak-digital-universities-mena#:~:text=Ministerial%20speakers%20at%20the%20three,at%20Prince%20Sultan%20University%2C%20Riyadh.


Saudi Arabia open its doors for international students

Saudi Arabia launched a new initiative to attract students and researchers from various countries of the world to study in Saudi universities. This is part of Saudi Arabia’s endeavor to expand the scope of education, open the doors of Saudi universities to those wishing to acquire science, enhance the academic experience, and achieve cultural understanding and international cooperation between peoples and cultures.

Under this initiative, 25 universities across Saudi Arabia will open their doors to aspiring scholars from all corners of the globe. As part of this program, these universities will provide scholarships to both undergraduate and postgraduate students and facilitate their academic pursuits in a wide range of disciplines. The scholarships on offer vary from full to partial funding, ensuring that talented individuals from diver’s backgrounds can take advantages of this unique opportunity.

To apply for the Saudi Arabian study abroad program, interested students can visit the official website: Studyinsaudi.moe.gov.sa

Source: https://twitter.com/i/status/1701981563074773287


GEA Launches the Second Edition of its Happiness Creators Initiative

At a ceremony held in Riyadh today, the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) launched the second edition of its Happiness Creators initiative, dedicated to qualifying, developing and training human resources in the entertainment sector. The initiative includes educational and training programs in cooperation with international universities and academies specialized in various fields of the entertainment sector.

The initiative programs launched by GEA this year include the Entertainment Leadership program, which aims to develop the skills of company owners and employees who hold leadership positions in the entertainment sector. The program runs for up to 6 months and includes workshops, training courses, guidance sessions, and international field visits.

The Entertainment Fellowship program is one of the prominent programs offered by the initiative. The duration of the program is 4 months and seeks to train those with intermediate experience through in-person workshops, distance learning, and international visits concerned with developing their skills in the entertainment fields, through harmonization between theoretical education and direct practical application. The program is held in cooperation with international universities, companies, and some of the local and international entertainment industry leaders.

The initiative allows some trainees to participate in a qualifying program that ends with their employment in the entertainment sector. The program consists of training packages over 12 months provided by specialists from prestigious international universities in the management of entertainment destinations, health and safety management at events, and design of entertainment experiences.
The new edition of the initiative holds more than 120 development courses. GEA begins receiving registration applications at the end of September, while the initiative’s programs begin in November.

Source: https://www.gea.gov.sa/en/second-edition-happiness-creators/


Military Parade and Majestic Air and Sea Shows to Celebrate Saudi National Day 93

As part of Saudi Arabia’s 93rd National Day festivities, which were launched with the participation of government and private agencies in all Saudi regions, citizens and residents are eagerly waiting for the major national celebrations on this occasion. The celebrations include a majestic military parade and exciting air shows over the skies of several Saudi cities and governorates to express pride in the Kingdom’s present and the achievements it has attained to build the future under Saudi Vision 2030.


Military units, vehicles and horses are participating in the military parade in Riyadh at 4 p.m., in addition to musical bands from the Saudi Royal Guard Command, the Ministry of National Guard, and the General Directorate of Border Guard. The parade starts at Prince Mohammed bin Saad bin Abdulaziz Road and ends in Um Ajlan Park in the Kairouan neighbourhood, recalling the nation’s achievements during previous decades.


The National Day activities, which this year bear the slogan “We Dream and We Achieve,” will comprise many shows, including the “We Race Dreams” show of military and civilian aircraft led by the Kingdom’s flag in the skies of Riyadh, Jeddah and Al-Khobar. Other air shows will be presented in Taif, Al-Baha, Asir and Tabuk on September 23.


In the same context, air shows will be held over the eastern Corniche in Dammam, Al-Fanateer Corniche in Jubail, and King Abdullah Environmental Park in Al-Ahsa on September 19. Other air shows will be held over the northern Jeddah Corniche on September 20, over the Khobar Corniche on September 27, around King Saud Air Base in Hafr Al-Batin on September 30, and around Al-Jawf Air Base on October 2.

Source: https://www.gea.gov.sa/en/military-parade-nd93/


Future Events in Saudi Arabia

Layali Diriyah

About this event: The heritage farms of historic Diriyah will once again be transformed into ‘Layali Diriyah’, an open-air wonderland engulfed by palm trees. Back by popular demand, Diriyah Nights was for many a highlight of Diriyah Season 22/23 and returns for a second extended series of unforgettable nights.

Wander along the walkways illuminated by twinkling lights and explore the enchanting site which brings together the best of local and global contemporary art and design, exceptional cuisine, and live performance across music, dance, poetry, and theatrical performance.

  Date: 11 Jan 2024 – 10 Mar 2024 – Time: 4 pm – 2 am

  More details of this event: https://www.visitsaudi.com/en/events/layali-diriyah

Blue Horse

About this event: Experience the atmosphere of beach events directly on the beach, with a sandy shore. Enjoy beach horseback riding, playing with quad bikes, and participating in group activities such as team-building games, challenges, and color fights. There are various seating areas in front of the stage to attend live performances, such as DJs, musicians, and fire shows. There is also a designated area for food, snacks, and drinks.

  Date: 12 Jan 2024 – 8 March 2024 – Time: 4 pm – 11.59 pm

More details of this event: https://www.visitsaudi.com/en/events/blue-horse

Riyadh Marathon

About this event: Get ready for an exhilarating experience at the third Riyadh International Marathon, hosted by the Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) on February 10, 2024! This premier event, supported by the Ministry of Sport, Quality of Life Program, and the Saudi Arabian Athletic Federation, marks a significant milestone as the Kingdom’s third official full marathon that is looking forward to a third certification from the World Athletics Elite Road Race.

The Riyadh Marathon 2024 promises a race for everyone, regardless of age or athletic ability. Challenge yourself with the full marathon (42.2km) or take on the half-marathon (21.1km). If you’re new to running, the 10km race is perfect for you, and there’s also a 4km run specifically designed for kids, families, and beginners. This inclusive event ensures that everyone can be a part of this exciting athletic endeavor.

Enhancing the festive spirit, the Marathon Village will be open on February 9-10. Here, participants can pick up their bibs, and visitors can immerse themselves in the carnival-like atmosphere, complete with fun food, music, fitness activities, and more. This two-day celebration is set to create a memorable experience for both participants and spectators.

     Date: 9 Feb 2024 – 10 Feb 2024 – Time: 5 am to 11.59 pm

     More details of this event: https://www.visitsaudi.com/en/events/riyadh-marathon

Ain Zubaydah Activation

About this event: Ain Zubaydah opens its doors after development to be a cultural and entertainment attraction that enriches the visitors’ experience and makes it special and unforgettable.

The area contains a 31 km trail that includes heritage landmarks and 6 diverse recreational and cultural areas, including:

1. Open Sooq area.

2. Restaurant and lounges area.

3. Cultural performance area.

4. Interactive activities and games area.

5. Simulation area.

6. Aesthetic area for taking memorial photos.

Ain Zubaydah is one of the most prominent historical landmarks in Makkah, where it enjoys an exceptional place in the hearts of Muslims, as it was a source of fresh water and a rest station for pilgrims coming to Makkah.

  Date: 4 Jan 2024 – 24 Feb 2024 – Time: 4 pm – 2 am

  More details of this event: https://www.visitsaudi.com/en/events/ain-zubaydah-activation

Beyond the Door

About this event: Beyond the Door is a cultural exhibition unveiling the innovation and sustainability hidden within the traditional Najdi doors. This exhibition pays homage to Najdi craftsmen’s ingenuity and showcases contemporary art bound by the craft’s essence and design. We invite you to channel your inherited creativity and stand witness to the revival of this waning art form.

Date: 7 Jan 2024 – 4 Feb 2024 – Time: 3 pm – 11 pm

More details of this event: https://www.visitsaudi.com/en/events/beyond-the-door

White Beach

About this event: The white beach where you can jump, swim, and play in a sea of recycled plastic balls to the tunes of beach music. You and your family can also have a snack while walking or sitting and relaxing on the beach.

Date: 24 Dec 2023 – 3 March 2024, Opening Hours:  Weekday From 5:00 PM To 12:00 AM. – Thursday and Friday From 4:00 PM To 1:00 AM.

More details of this event: https://www.visitsaudi.com/en/events/white-beach

Super Fly

Challenge the gravity and show your superhero skills in Superfly and make the dream of flying come true.

Date: 2 November 2023 – 29 Apr 2024 – Time: 4 pm – 11.59 pm

More details of this event: https://www.visitsaudi.com/en/events/super-fly

At-Turaif Workshops

About this event: Drop into one of At-Turaif’s daily workshops to delve deeper into the historical significance and rich cultural narratives of Diriyah.

The program includes hands-on discovery workshops exploring and honoring Diriyah’s cultural heritage: from decorative design to calligraphy, ink making and stamp-making.

     Date: 14 Dec 2023 – 6 Apr 2024 – Time: 4 pm – 11.59 pm

     More details of this event: https://www.visitsaudi.com/en/events/at-turaif-wokshops

For more information on all events in Saudi Arabia, please use the following link:

https://www.visitsaudi.com/en/calendar/calendar-events?startDate=2024-02-01&endDate=2024-02-29&type=custom


Saudi Arabia Unveils Top Tourism Leaders and Global Ministers in Speaker Lineup for World Tourism Day 2023

More than 500 government officials, industry leaders and experts from across 120 countries are set to descend on Riyadh for the event, making this year’s celebration the biggest and most impactful World Tourism Day in its 43-year history.

Speakers include His Excellency Ahmed Al-Khateeb, Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia; Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization; Her Excellency Rosa Ana Morillo Rodriguez, Secretary of State, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism of Spain; Patricia de Lille, Minister of Tourism of South Africa; Julia Simpson, CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council and Matthew Upchurch, CEO of Virtuoso 

Breadth of high-level attendees demonstrates significance of World Tourism Day 2023, hosted in Riyadh, to charting the future of the global tourism sector’s growth.

Source: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/saudi-arabia-unveils-top-tourism-leaders-and-global-ministers-in-speaker-lineup-for-world-tourism-day-2023-301936845.html


Saudi Arabia Announces Inaugural Riyadh School For Tourism And Hospitality

-The facilities will then move to a larger campus in Qiddiyah scaled at 5 million square meters (50 million square feet) in 2027

-The project will cost over USD1 billion to build

-The school initiative hopes to shape the future of industry education by attracting the brightest minds and employing cutting-edge technologies in an innovative facility.

It will offer a lead vocational and academic study program that places students at the heart of its curriculum, and provide a rich, diverse, and global learning experience through real-world practice.

Source: https://www.arabnews.com/node/2381481/saudi-arabia


SACM celebrates the Saudi Students’ graduation ceremony in Queensland for 2023/2024

The Acting Cultural Attaché to Australia & New Zealand his Excellency Dr Abdulbari Altami participated in the Saudi’s graduation ceremony in Queensland. The celebration was held in Brisbane at the University of Queensland and attended by senior staff from UQ, friends, and family members of the Saudi graduates.


SACM celebrates the Saudi Students’ graduation ceremony in Western Australia for 2023/2024

The Acting Cultural Attaché to Australia & New Zealand his Excellency Dr Abdulbari Altamni participated in the Saudi’s graduation ceremony in Western Australia. The celebration was held in Perth at Curtin University and attended by senior staff from Curtin, friends, and family members of the Saudi graduates.


SACM celebrates the Saudi Students’ graduation ceremony in Victoria for 2023/2024

The Acting Cultural Attaché to Australia & New Zealand his Excellency Dr Abdulbari Altamni participated in the Saudi’s graduation ceremony in Victoria. The celebration was held at La Trobe University in Melbourne and attended by senior staff from La Trobe, friends, and family members of the Saudi graduates.


SACM celebrates the Saudi Students’ graduation ceremony in New South Wales for 2023/2024

The Acting Cultural Attaché to Australia & New Zealand his Excellency Dr Abdulbari Altamni participated in the Saudi’s graduation ceremony in New South Wales. The celebration was held in Sydney and attended by family members and friends of the Saudi graduates.


Dr. Al Tamni attends the graduation ceremony of ARAMCO’s students in Sydney

The Acting Cultural Attaché to Australia & New Zealand his Excellency Dr Abdulbari Altamni participated in ARAMCO Student’s graduation ceremony Which was held at the Opera House in Sydney. The graduation celebration was organised and honored by the director of Aramco’s office to Australia his Excellency Mr Mansour Al Assaf

The Acting Cultural Attaché to Australia & New Zealand his Excellency Dr Abdulbari Altamni participated in ARAMCO Student’s graduation ceremony Which was held at the Opera House in Sydney. The graduation celebration was organised and honored by the director of Aramco’s office to Australia his Excellency Mr Mansour Al Assaf


Saudi Arabia beats Italy, South Korea to host EXPO 2030 world fair in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh won the bid to host the Expo 2030 world fair, vote results showed on Tuesday 28 November 2023.

South Korea’s Busan and Italy’s Rome were also in the running to host the world fair, a five year-yearly event that attracts millions of visitors and billions of dollars in investments.

Riyadh won 119 votes, Busan 29 and Rome 17, results from 182 members of the Paris-based Bureau of International des Expositions (BIE) showed. Saudi Arabia secured two thirds of the votes to win from first round.

The Saudi Capital Riyadh has proposed to host the event between October 2030 and March 2031.

Congratulations to Saudi Arabia.

Source: Riyadh Expo 2030 | Everyone is Invited to Change the Planet’s Future