Views From The Outside
Artists like Loulwa Al-Sharif, a Saudi jazz singer (read her story in the link below), who seize opportunities and create something meaningful, are a joy to witness. While their success might seem normal and natural, to us it’s a novelty.
The annual replacement of the Kiswa, the covering of the Kaaba, is a significant event in the Islamic calendar which takes place during the month of Hajj. In this post, I will talk about history and details of this process.
I often get asked about the changes that have taken place in Saudi Arabia since 2016, both from a social and geopolitical perspective, and how people’s perceptions and lives have altered due to these changes.
The video showcases pervasive construction work in Mecca, particularly around Masjid al-Haram, the Grand Mosque. This ongoing development of the city has taken place over several years in stages, aiming to accommodate the growing number of pilgrims annually. The Saudi...
Last week, the Saudi government released precise population figures for the first time in 12 years. In a country where such disclosure was previously met with societal resistance, what has changed to transform people’s mindset about population counting?
Saudi Arabia’s government is training kindergarten teachers for music instruction, marking a significant change in an education system that didn’t formerly include music. This shift, combined with a growing music scene, poses the question: Has this cultural shift affected Saudis’ music tastes, causing divergence from other cultures?
Located in the western Makkah Province of Saudi Arabia, Taif is known as the “City of Roses.” This nickname stems from its being the home of 700 farms where roses are grown, which are used in the production of rose water and rose oil.
Saudi Arabia’s presence at this year’s Cannes Festival has been remarkable, with well-known actresses and influencers from the Kingdom gracing the red carpet. This is a significant step signalling expansion of the country’s involvement in the industry, including film production.
I came across this article by Sinem Cengiz, on the journey of Gulf women in breaking into traditionally male-dominated sectors unfolds. From gradual progress to persistent challenges, she explores the current landscape, shedding light on the crucial role played by government initiatives in promoting their successful inclusion.
A new center for science and technology called ‘ilmi’ will be launched in Saudi Arabia to encourage scientific curiosity among youth as well as develop their skills, Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday. This center is a great start, and other initiatives like this are needed to shape Saudi Arabia’s future.