Yesterday, Thursday, King Salman bin Abdulaziz issued an approval to grant Saudi citizenship to a number of distinguished experts and rare specialties, the newspaper “Al-Sharq al-Awsat” revealed a list of names, including Mukhtar Alem, the calligrapher of the covering of the Kaaba, the sheikh of the calligraphers of Mecca, and the historian Dr. Amin. Seydou, researcher Dr. Muhammad Al-Beqai, historian Dr. Abdel Karim Al-Sammak, and Semaan Al-Ani, one of the most prominent pioneers of theater directing.
The list also included a number of competencies in the religious, historical, medical, educational, investment, digital, and sports fields.
Dr. Amin Sido
Sido made great scientific and research efforts, and supplemented the local cultural movement, with a series of productions and works that exceeded thirty publications, and documented the progress of the figures of culture, thought and literature in Saudi Arabia.
He also excelled in bibliographic studies, and presented works in this field, and worked in the King Fahd National Library, and was the editor-in-chief of its magazine.
Dr. Muhammad Al-Beqai
Researcher, investigator and translator, owner of about 40 books in various arts, most notably historical and critical studies and translation, and worked as a professor of linguistic studies and critical literature in a number of academic institutions, including King Saud University in Riyadh.
He is currently working at the King Salman Center for Studies of the History of the Arabian Peninsula, leaning on a long legacy of investigating publications related to the history of the Arabian Peninsula and the Saudi state. In 2018, he was awarded the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Translation in its ninth session in the field of “individuals’ efforts”.
Dr. Abdul Karim Al-Sammak
Historian Dr. Abd al-Karim Ibrahim al-Sammak, holder of a doctorate in modern and contemporary history, lived nearly half a century of his life in Saudi Arabia, and on its soil he worked to publish translations of a number of statesmen during the founding period, especially among the Arabs who worked with King Abdulaziz.
Abdul Karim Al-Samak
He was interested in the production of journalist and historian Amin Saeed, and published several of his books in which he focused on the Saudi state, and in the archives of his magazine (Al-Sharq al-Awsat), which is considered a source material in the history of the Kingdom of Hejaz and Najd and its annexes, because it is contemporary with the period of unification of the Kingdom. He collected this outcome in a book of two parts, adding to the library of Saudi history a valuable and rare work in the modern state.
One of the pioneers of theater directing in Saudi Arabia, and one of the first to join the Saudi theater as a director since the seventies, after graduating from the theater department in Baghdad and coming to Saudi Arabia.
From the play (The Train of Fortune), which he directed, as it is almost the first Saudi theatrical work, his tender and affiliation to the Saudi artistic and cultural space began. He presented many theatrical works and participated in many international theater festivals, and many Saudi actors graduated from him.
The calligrapher of the covering of the Kaaba and the sheikh of the calligraphers of Mecca, now works as a calligrapher in the factory of the covering of the Kaaba, he participated in his works in international exhibitions and international forums, and gave lessons and courses in training on calligraphy skills, and a memorandum was being studied for him on the calligraphy of the patch at the Institute of the Holy Mosque in Makkah. He also worked as a calligrapher for diploma certificates Master’s and PhD degrees at Umm Al-Qura University for two years in the mid-nineties.
His works were acquired by a number of political leaders, and displayed in the corridors of a number of public institutions, and he received awards and certificates of appreciation from various parties.
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