Saudi Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission Launches Mu’allaqa 45 Competition on Thaqafiya Channel to Celebrate Arabic Poetry

The Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission unveiled today a television competition for Arabic poetry titled “Mu’allaqa 45” as part of the programs and activities of “The Year of Arabic Poetry 2023” initiative.

This competition will be broadcast on the Saudi Thaqafiya Channel and will showcase a distinguished array of poets from both the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Arab world. This initiative seeks to revive the tradition of poetic “Mu’allaqat” (hanging poems) from the heartland of the Arabian Peninsula. This land nurtured the imaginations of its poets and played a pivotal role in shaping their literary heritage.

The “Mu’allaqa 45” competition is considered the first of its kind, an annual poetry competition that brings together major cultural institutions in the Arab world. The competition will be held annually, aligning with the Islamic calendar years, to commemorate the historical “Mu’allaqat.”

A total of 36 participating poets will compete in the competition to create a new timeless poem each year. The winning poems will be displayed prominently across various locations in Riyadh during annual cultural ceremonies that will be documented. The Saudi Thaqafiya Channel, in collaboration with the Literature, Publishing, and Translation Commission, will honour these poems through its programs and events.

The competition is divided into three main categories: metered verse, folk poetry, and free verse. Financial prizes will be awarded to three winners, with the first-place winner receiving SAR1,000,000, and their poems prominently displayed at a distinguished location in Riyadh. The second-place winner will receive SAR500,000, and the third-place winner will receive SAR250,000.

Additionally, every contestant who qualifies to participate in the competition will receive a financial reward of SAR50,000 and a special invitation to attend the annual poets’ dinner in honour of Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan.

Poets interested in participating can submit their works at https://engage.moc.gov.sa/m45.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Saudi Center for Community Service in Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan, Celebrates International Literacy Day

The Saudi Center for Community Service, Education and Livelihoods Sector of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) in Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan celebrated International Literacy Day, which falls on September 8 of each year.

On this occasion, the centre carried out a special celebration that included holding events highlighting the importance of science and its great status, urging students to learn, presenting various cultural questions to students, and distributing clothing produced by the sewing department to students at the end of the event.

This event comes within the relief projects and programs provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through its humanitarian arm, KSrelief, to combat illiteracy, spread education, and enhance culture and knowledge among the camp’s residents.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Saudi Ambassador to Jordan Meets Palestinian Minister of Youth and Sports

Saudi Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Non-resident Ambassador to the State of Palestine Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi met with Palestinian Minister of Youth and Sports Jibril Al-Rajoub at the embassy in Amman today.

During the meeting, they stressed the depth and strength of bilateral relations and discussed cooperation between the two brotherly countries.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Jordanian, Lebanese parliamentarians discuss ties

Lower House First Deputy Speaker, MP Ahmad Khalayleh, met Friday in Beirut with Lebanese Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri and discussed prospects for cementing Jordanian-Lebanese ties in various fields, particularly parliamentary cooperation. They talked about legislative cooperation and coordination at regional and international parliamentary forums, in addition to latest developments in the region. Noting the historically strong relations, Khalayleh, who led a delegation to Beirut, thanked Lebanon for supporting Jordan’s positions on the Palestinian issue and the Palestinian people’s right to statehood, as well as the Hashemite custodianship over Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem. Khalayleh expressed hope that Lebanon will overcome its current political and economic crises.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Libyan ambassador praises Jordan’s support after hurricane

The Libyan ambassador in Amman, Abdel Baset Badri, lauded Jordan’s support for the Libyan people after the hurricane and floods that hit the North African country. Badri thanked Jordan Saturday for supporting the Libyan people by providing medical assistance and sending its international search and rescue team. The ambassador noted His Majesty King Abdullah’s phone call with the President of the Libyan Presidential Council, Muhammad Manfi, to console the Libyan people on the victims of the hurricane and floods. The Jordanian international search and rescue team arrived in erna on Friday and began helping the Libyan government in the rescue efforts. The team comprised 88 members, including five doctors from the Royal Medical Services.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Princess Basma meets ‘USA for UNFPA’ team

Her Highness Princess Basma bint Talal, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Saturday met with a delegation of the USA for UNFPA. The US team took a firsthand look at the programs and initiatives of the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) on population, women and youth issues. During the meeting, Her Highness said JOHUD attaches great importance in its programs, especially to gender issues and the social and economic empowerment of women and youth, based on its vision and mission and the importance of the role of these segments in society and in achieving comprehensive and sustainable development. She pointed to the contributions of JOHUD, the Jordanian National Commission for Women and the Higher Population Council to the implementation of national orientations in empowerment, education and spreading awareness, combating violence against women and girls, and enhancing opportunities for Jordanian women to access the labor market towards achieving leading roles for these groups in society and the overall development process. JOHUD Executive Director Farah Daghistani gave a presentation on the fund’s functions and networking policy with various national institutions towards comprehensive and sustainable development issues, and contribution to national plans on women’s and youth’s issues and promoting mechanisms for addressing them. She said that the Fund’s work mechanisms, through a network of 51 centers across all regions of the Kingdom, are consistent with national policies and trends in empowerment, awareness-raising, participation, education, reproductive health, gender, population and development, as well as finding necessary legislation to achieve and implement national goals and standards in this field. The delegation commended JOHUD’s role in the local community and the refugee community in the Kingdom, stressing the key role of non-governmental organizations, including JOHUD, in supporting Jordanian efforts, especially in women, youth and gender issues. The UNFPA and the Country Program (2023-2027) in Jordan focus on the areas of gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, women’s and youth issues, population and development. USA for UNFPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing support for the UN organization’s programs within the US, and raising awareness among Americans and in the world about reproductive health and women and youth empowerment issues.

Source: Jordan News Agency