Saudi Arabia’s very first full-length film is at a cinema near you and it’s directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, one of Saudi Arabia’s best known (and most controversial) female filmmakers. The premise is deep: it ‘tells the story of a defiant 10-year-old pushing back against the social expectations that define her life as a young Saudi […]
Built in 2009 and designed by artist Daniel Tobin with Matthew Tobin and Jamie Perrow, the Kaust Beacon is one of the standout architectural structures for Kaust (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) in Saudi Arabia. The 60-metre concrete tower stands at the entry of the harbour and is made of amorphous hexagonal sections that steep out of the Red Sea.
With the release of M.I.A.’s Bad Girls came a reminder of a slew of YouTube clips of rather dangerous driving and Sandal Surfing coming from Saudi Arabia. Of course, the production quality isn’t as high. But the entertainment value is up there. Don’t forget to buckle up!
I recently stumbled on this gorgeous clip by musician Alaa Wardi and his filmmaker brother Seena Imamwerdi, from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. In ‘Ma3gool’ (pronounced Ma’a’gool), Alaa uses sounds from voice, mouth, and body only, without the use of any musical instruments. He even uses the sounds made by him scratching his beard!
If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Although most people agree with this cliché, Saudi Arabia do not. Mariah Carey’s catalogue of raunchy album covers have allegedly been digitally modified in the Middle Eastern country due to ‘anti-sexy’ laws. True or not, raised necklines and computer-generated pants are an interesting way to censor femininity.