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Youngsters Shine at the iThra Knowledge Program

1 September 2014 | comments (0) | Saudi Aramco News | by

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The hundreds of little visitors to the first-ever LEGO zone at Saudi Aramco’s popular iThra Knowledge Program include at least one young builder with an innate talent for model construction.

Fahad Al-Mughaiseeb, 12, tried out the Lego area at the start of the Riyadh program in early August and has since become a regular, constructing impressive models of famous and complex buildings, including the Al Faisaliah Tower and a large Riyadh mosque.

The child-friendly area of the 157,627 square-foot, Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center was designed for free play with LEGO blocks, figures and shapes. LEGO, with its famous brightly-colored interlocking plastic bricks, is thought to help develop cognitive skills and enhance creative abilities through free play, an important element of childhood sensory development.

Fahad says the hands-on LEGO zone helped him discover a hidden talent for free-form building with blocks.

“My mother continued to support me during all this period and brought me to the exhibit every day; she encouraged me during my work, and got me a few kits of LEGO cubes in order to continue using them at home,” said Fahad.

The program’s LEGO corner is designed to resemble the city of Riyadh itself, and offers separate sections for children above and below five years of age.

A 2 x 4 meter platform allows young people to build models, towers and imaginary creatures in an atmosphere that is both entertaining and free from distractions.

The family-friendly Riyadh program, which came to an end on August 29, drew a total of 640,747 visitors over the course of four weeks.

Serving as a stunning showcase for talents from across the Kingdom and around the globe, the Ithra Knowledge Program is one of the most successful outreach programs in Saudi Aramco’s history.

Developed in conjunction with Saudi Aramco’s King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, the program has already welcomed more than 2.1 million visitors Kingdom-wide in the space of 10 months, at shows in Dhahran, Al Hasa, Jiddah, and now Riyadh.

Youngsters Shine at the iThra Knowledge Program

1 September 2014 | comments (0) | Saudi Aramco News | by

The hundreds of little visitors to the first-ever LEGO zone at Saudi Aramco’s popular iThra Knowledge Program include at least one young builder with an innate talent for model construction.

Fahad Al-Mughaiseeb, 12, tried out the Lego area at the start of the Riyadh program in early August and has since become a regular, constructing impressive models of famous and complex buildings, including the Al Faisaliah Tower and a large Riyadh mosque.

The child-friendly area of the 157,627 square-foot, Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center was designed for free play with LEGO blocks, figures and shapes. LEGO, with its famous brightly-colored interlocking plastic bricks, is thought to help develop cognitive skills and enhance creative abilities through free play, an important element of childhood sensory development.

Fahad says the hands-on LEGO zone helped him discover a hidden talent for free-form building with blocks.

“My mother continued to support me during all this period and brought me to the exhibit every day; she encouraged me during my work, and got me a few kits of LEGO cubes in order to continue using them at home,” said Fahad.

The program’s LEGO corner is designed to resemble the city of Riyadh itself, and offers separate sections for children above and below five years of age.

A 2 x 4 meter platform allows young people to build models, towers and imaginary creatures in an atmosphere that is both entertaining and free from distractions.

The family-friendly Riyadh program, which came to an end on August 29, drew a total of 640,747 visitors over the course of four weeks.

Serving as a stunning showcase for talents from across the Kingdom and around the globe, the Ithra Knowledge Program is one of the most successful outreach programs in Saudi Aramco’s history.

Developed in conjunction with Saudi Aramco’s King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, the program has already welcomed more than 2.1 million visitors Kingdom-wide in the space of 10 months, at shows in Dhahran, Al Hasa, Jiddah, and now Riyadh.

Diplomats Praise iThra Knowledge Program

1 September 2014 | comments (0) | Saudi Aramco News | by

Diplomats and VIPs representing dozens of countries have had high praise for Saudi Aramco’s iThra Knowledge Program in Riyadh.

Special visitation groups had topped 1,700 in the final week of the program, with distinguished visitors, including Canadian Ambassador Thomas MacDonald, who applauded the program, now in its final week at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.

“Everything in the program delighted and impressed me. Saudi Aramco should be proud of this program, especially the Energy Efficiency and Traffic Safety Pavilions. When I listened to the explanations they provided at these two pavilions, I found them very informative and essential for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Turkish Ambassador Yunus Demirer also visited the Riyadh event and saw potential for an expanded outreach outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: “I extend my congratulations to Saudi Aramco for this great accomplishment that demonstrates how the company has taken it upon itself to raise social responsibility topics in an educational and creative way,” he said.

“I think the program is too important to be just a permanently touring program without a specific time or place. I think this program could be useful in tours outside the Kingdom.”

His Excellency Abdullatif Bin Ahmed Al-Othman, Governor and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, also paid tribute to the program during a recent visit.

“The program embodies the concepts of knowledge and community service as well as the idea of using edutainment to transfer knowledge and information,” said Al-Othman.

“iThra Knowledge is a holistic experience in which visitors learn something new from the moment they arrive, until they leave. I extend my thanks to the Saudi Aramco staff for their commendable efforts and outstanding work.”

The 500-plus hard-working male and female volunteers at the Riyadh program also received their share of accolades. Al-Othman added: “The program has skillfully engaged male and female volunteers and has excelled at crowd management and safety… Today we saw dedication at work. I was especially happy to see both male and female Saudi volunteers who presented an honorable image of the youth of this country through their manners and work ethic.

Honored visitors to the iThra Knowledge program also include: Dr. Joseph Westphal, Ambassador — U.S. Embassy; Jiro Kodera, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan; Laurens Westhoff, Ambassador for The Netherlands; Jaime Sergio Cerda, Argentina Ambassador; Kim Jin-Soo, South Korea Ambassador; Mohammed Sadiq Jaafar, South Africa Ambassador; Gloria Jean Castaño- Zafra, Cultural representative, the Philippine Embassy; Hemant Kotalwar, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India; and Tran Ngueyen Tuyen, Vietnam Ambassador.

Visitors Enjoy 1001 Inventions at Ithra Knowledge

21 August 2014 | comments (0) | Saudi Aramco News | by

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The 1001 Inventions display as a component of the Ithra Knowledge Program has seen a heavy turnout of people passionate about discoveries and knowledge, wanting to learn more about the inventions of Muslim pioneers.

“Actors play out the roles of the most prominent inventors, scientists and intellectuals from various fields and times for an interactive experience for the visitors,” says Ayid Al-Qurni, a supervisor with 1001 Inventions. “One of them is to highlight the significance of the inventions that were made in ancient times as well as their impact on communities throughout history.”

As they enter the 1001 Inventions wing, visitors find a statue of Abbas Ibn Firnas suspended from the ceiling, drawing attention to his attempt to fly. While the attempt failed, his work is hailed as a key contribution in the eventual discovery of flight.

The 1001 Inventions wing is divided into eight sections with each section reinforcing a general theme such as medical inventions or engineering. Interactive, high-definition screen displays transport visitors back to the golden era of the Islamic civilization.

The 1001 Inventions exhibits have reached over 70 million people worldwide, including 33 million viewers and 4 million visitors of the exhibits that were held in many countries and capitals around the world.

The iThra Knowledge Program, developed through Saudi Aramco’s King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, continues its run in Riyadh until Aug. 29.

iThra Knowledge Inspires Film Makers

20 August 2014 | comments (0) | Saudi Aramco News | by

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At the Ithra Knowledge program running in Riyadh until August 29, budding film makers are offered the chance to explore and develop their filmmaking instincts at the YouTube studio.

The studio gives visitors the opportunity to produce professional videos using simple technology that is widely available – including smart phones.

After producing the videos, participants can upload them to YouTube or watch their productions with relatives and friends in the House Corner section of the studio.

Wing supervisor Nouf Al-Fara’idy explained that the YouTube Studio is a series of short workshops that are held in cooperation with YouTube. She added that the workshops strive to encourage young men and women to produce quality videos that address important topics such as saving energy and water and health as well as other issues.

The workshops are free and present a golden opportunity for all amateurs who are seeking to learn and polish their filming skills. The film makers can then upload their videos to YouTube to participate in the closing ceremony of the YouTube Studio under the title: Create, Share and Win!

A panel of experts will select the top three videos and the producers will win SR 20,000 worth of professional filming equipment.

People can book a place at the studio by visiting www.ithraknowledge.com/cs. Workshops are held twice daily until the end of the program. Each workshop can accommodate up to 30 people, and are divided into men-only and women-only sessions on alternating days.

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