JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s deputy culture minister met with the head of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) for talks on joint cooperation initiatives.
The meeting between Hamed bin Mohammed Fayez and the high representative for the alliance, Miguel Angel Moratinos, took place at the Saudi Ministry of Culture’s headquarters in the historic Al-Bujairi district of Diriyah.
Ministry projects of common interest underway in the Kingdom were among items discussed along with a review of the national strategy for culture, and an update on the main activities being worked on by the UNAOC’s office.
Liaison officers from both sides were also appointed to follow up on joint programs and initiatives.
In attendance at the meeting was the supervisor of the ministry’s international cultural relations agency, Fahd bin Abdulrahman Al-Kanaan, secretary-general of the national committee, Dr. Abdullah Al-Hamid, and chief of cabinet and Moratinos’ spokesperson, Nihal Saad.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Post, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, has issued new postage stamps in the SR3 category decorated with Arabic calligraphy.
Printed in four different art forms, the stamps have been released as part the Year of Arabic Calligraphy initiative launched by the ministry last year under the Quality of Life Program, one of the Saudi Vision 2030 schemes.
Saudia airline also installed special liveries on two of its aircraft ahead of events in Jeddah and Riyadh in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture for its “Year of Arabic Calligraphy” project.
As a souvenir, calligraphers wrote the names of passengers on mock boarding passes in intricate fonts.
Saudia also arranged for onboard giveaways for passengers.
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