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A rich variety of performances by students of Saudi universities capped off the pre-final day of the First Theater Festival of Saudi Universities. It is noteworthy that King Khalid University is hosting the first edition of the Festival. Noticeably, numerous theater teams exhibited an extraordinary level of experience during their performances. In this context, the unique play performed by the theater team at Jazan University, entitled "The Station Does Not Leave" raised many in-depth discussions among the audience about the vision of the script written by Fahd Al-Harthy.

The Undersecretary of Student Affairs at the University of Taif, Dr. Mansour Al-Harthy, said "There is no doubt that theatrical techniques were present in the performance, and it is apparent that Director Bahamish is an innovator, but the identity of the original text written by Fahd Al-Harthy seems to have undergone a clearly visible change." Actor and Theatrical Director Sami Al-Zahrani agreed with the impression and praised Bahamish's new vision of the text.

For his part, Playwright Ali Ghuweinem admired the theatrical techniques, especially in the field of lighting, and visual vision in general. He talked about the script, "The scripts of Fahd Al-Harthy need to be treated cautiously by directors because they contain many spaces. Also, there was an exaggeration in the movement on the stage from some actors which negatively affected concentration on the main themes.”

At the Mahala Campus Theater, Imam Abdulrahman Al-Faisal University presented its play entitled "The Critical" written by Bassam Madani and directed by Omar Al-Haidan. The work dealt with the qualifications of some colleges in the universities, and their scientific and literary specialties. At the end of the presentation, an applied symposium was presented, in which Director Zakaria Al-Momani spoke and emphasized the importance of experimenting in numerous participations to gain experience. He further commented that the theater team of Imam Abdulrahman Al-Faisal University needs to learn more and participate in more festivals whether with other universities or with associations of culture and arts, citing some of the stages he experienced in the field of theater.

Equally important, the attendees agreed on the importance of university participation, to benefit from the experiences of other teams. "This work underscores the importance of having workshops in theater festivals that give young beginners the basics of the right stage," said director Rashid Al-Warthan. Dr. Mansour Al-Harthy added, "The University should pay attention to you and provide you with qualified and professional cadres, through building bridges with the actors involved in the theater." This was supported by Playwright Dr. Nayef Khalaf who called on the university to organize courses for students in theater techniques. Director Sami Al-Zahrani praised the students' keenness to participate, despite the fact that their university is a relative newcomer to theatrical art.

In response to the questions of some interlocutors about the participation of the "critical" show, Festival Director Mohamed Al-Mubarak confirmed that the directives of the director of King Khalid University were clear by giving all universities the opportunity to participate since the purpose of holding the festival is transferring experience between and among Saudi universities.

It is noteworthy that before the show, another stellar performance by King Abdulaziz University occurred entitled "Museum" written by Shadi Ashour, and directed by Ahmed Al-Saman. The show focused on the work of a psychological philosophy, addressing the hero with the details of an antique painting in a war museum.

To conclude, Playwright and Actor, Faisal Al-Shuaib said, "This wonderful work moves us in different worlds of human conflicts within life. Here are the tragedies of war. There is the power of the media, and on the other side of the psychological illness, to discover in the end that we live in dreams, and perhaps illusions. Finally, the inevitable fate of every creature is death, and the scene of death was one of the most powerful scenes affecting the viewer."


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His Excellency, Prof. Dr. Faleh bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, the Rector of King Khalid University, recently sponsored the First Scientific Forum of Departments Heads, under the title "The Role of the Scientific Departments and the Necessity for Effective Leadership in the University." The Deanship of Personnel Affairs, in the presence of a number of the University's Deans, Heads of Scientific Departments, and relevant stakeholders, organized the event.

At the beginning of his speech, Rector Al-Solamy said, "This forum is just the beginning of frequent plenary meetings with employees of the University, both at the level of faculty members or employees." He stressed the importance of starting the meeting with the heads of scientific departments because of its high importance as it opens the path towards openness and flexibility in dialogue. He insisted that we are all partners in the strategic development of any academic affair.

Al-Solamy added, "The University has taken an essential step in the unification of the scientific departmental units between the two sections of male and female students. It is a natural progression as they study the same curriculum and should have the conditions, rules, and regulations."

Rector Al-Solamy noted that University Vice-Presidency for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research and the Vice-Presidency for Academic and Educational Affairs are collaboratively working on the sustainable development of study plans in the scientific departments. He further pointed out that the source of these studies originates from the scientific departments themselves. He added, "We heavily rely on these areas because the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is on the verge of a historic shift in technologically advanced university systems.”

Rector Al-Solamy added, "King Khalid University is one of the major universities in the Kingdom, and we hope that it will be among the leading universities. We aim to be respected on the international level for pioneering research."

For his part, the Vice-President for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, Dr. Saad Al-Omari, said that the University had been classified in the field of scientific research and the Vice-Presidency has started to build its strategies. Dr. Al-Omari indicated that the University contains all of the necessary infrastructures of facilities and laboratories, in addition to the investment in first-class scientific cadres through scholarship programs.

Al-Omari added that the University is developing its programs, updating its data and developing its outputs, as well as introducing new programs, both academic and fee-driven programs. He said that in the near future there would be exciting and unique development programs.

The University Vice-President for Educational and Academic affairs said that the University launched the first operational plan for the development and establishment of world-class academic programs. 
To conclude, he reiterated that developmental programs are promising and many departments have gone to great lengths in pursuit of excellence.

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The third show of the First Theater Festival of Saudi universities, which is being hosted by King Khalid University in Abha, discussed the issue of brainwashing by "Dark Bats" who try to run society according to their desires and destructive plans but fail in the existence of social cohesion.

The third show was presented yesterday evening by the Theater Team of the University of Taiba, entitled "Holes," written and directed by Fahad Al Asmar and performed by a number of university students. In the symposium that followed the show and moderated by the Director of the Festival, Muhammed Al-Mubarak, the Actor and the Stage Director, Sami Al-Zahrani, talked about the most prominent features of the show. Al-Zahrani pointed out that the author of "Holes" depended on the opening text without a time or a place. He also added that the author narrowly focused on the theme of the authoritarian ghosts trying to introduce strange ideas into the minds of the characters.

As for directing Al-Zahrani said, "The truth is that there has been a sharp increase in the visible development in directing tools compared to the other shows I have watched with a change in the heroes of the work." He further related that the director was able to create homogeneity between the new elements.

Al-Zahrani advised the director to maximize decoration, especially wood blocks. He also encouraged him to monitor of lighting conditions and offer additional hands-on training to the students. Regardless, he praised the students who insisted on participating in the festival, despite the absence of a director because he was busy with other cultural activities. On behalf of the Director, a student from the team gave a speech and praised King Khalid University for hosting this important event, stressing that the festival is one of the most important activities that every innovator aspires to participate in.

For his part, the Deputy of the Deanship of Student Affairs at Taif University, Dr. Mansour Al-Harthy, spoke of what he described as "Text Crisis" apparent in most of the shows presented at the festival, indicating that the end of the work is plagued by "directness" which affects the level of the performance.

A faculty member at King Saud University, Dr. Nayef Khalaf, asked about the time spent by the staff in training, stressing that you can never have enough.

For his part, participating student Abdullah Hosawi praised the talents that emerged from the play. He emphasized the importance of video documentation in order to go through a complete review process and subsequent correction stage.

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During their participation in the First Saudi Theater Festival, which is currently being held at King Khalid University, the students of Jeddah University presented a comedy play, "Don Quixote on Snape Shot," inspired from the "Polyakov" script and directed by Sobhy Yousef.

The Director tackled the text in a new way that embodies the mythical wars of "Don Quixote on Snape Shot." Through Don Quixote, the Director fights windmills in a fantasy comedy preserving the human value of a frustrated hero and touching the reality of the present community in a legendary comical method.

After the show, a symposium was moderated by Dr. Mohamed Al-Mubarak, the Director of the Festival, with the participation of the Director of the Play, Subhi Yusuf, and the Theatrical Director, Ali Al-Ghuwainem.

Al-Ghuwainem expressed his admiration for the work. He praised the quality of the script and its suitability to university theater. He commented on the linguistic effectiveness evident in the title of the show. He further maintained that the events were appropriate to reality, in addition to the speed of finding the information and the interrelationship of the text with the viewer. He also indicated that the integration of theatrical space in the show and the presentation of the caricatures in a distinctive way proved to be amazing. He maintained that the illusion contributed to heart-pounding suspense which captivated the audience. However, he criticized the deployment of actors on stage, in addition to the distribution of lighting on both the actors and the stage.

During the intermission, playwright Nayef Khalaf said, "We have a shortage in theatrical scripts, but the director managed to overcome this issue in the script of the show by activating the story of the legend, offering it an in a manner that was appropriate to the virtual reality that we live today.”

For his part, Actor and Theater Director, Sami Zahrani, praised the availability of realism, idealism, and virtualism in the script of the play by embodying the character of the legend "Don Quixote" in the relevant current affairs and issues within our society.

In the same context, the Former Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Jazan, Dr. Mohammed Habibi, related that the use of the postmodern text, the activation of old characters with modern roles, is a tall task for directors and actors to complete. However, in the text of "Don Quixote on Snape Shot" play, postmodernism was activated perfectly, which reflected the strength of the beginning of the University of Jeddah in the field of theater. He added, "I’m so happy with the existence of both Taiba and Jeddah Universities in this festival, although they are relative newcomers in the field of theater."

Despite the relative modernity of the University of Jeddah in the field of theater, the Director of "Don Quixote on Snape Shot," Sobhi Youssef, thanked his students for the show, hoping that this is only the beginning to more theatrical performances. He said, "We took into account all observations that resulted from the Applied Symposium." Youssef further thanked King Khalid University for hosting and organizing this festival.

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During the First Theater Festival of Saudi Universities, which is currently hosted by King Khalid University,  King Faisal University performed a play entitled "Al-Haqibah." It was written by Omar Al-Badran and directed by Maaz Al-Khamis. The play was performed yesterday evening at the King Khalid University Theater in Lasan amidst remarkable interaction with the audience. Namely,  the performance illustrated the meanings and determinants of success in life. After the show, a workshop was held which was attended by Artist, Rashid Al-Warthan, and Director, Maaz Al-Khamis. The workshop was moderated by Hussein Al-Zaidani.

Commenting on the work, Al-Warthan said, "The show is a promising start for the festival. It is a performance that is close to top-notch professionalism although all of its staff are students." He said the director benefited from all the elements of the play, with notably beautiful variety in decor, and perfectly controlled movement of actors on stage. As for the script, Al-Warthan said, “The script stems from scientific research that has been translated into a theatrical text and oriented towards students." He concluded by noting, "The return to the first square that emerged at the end of the performance negatively impacted the performance.  Generally, we watched a very competitive performance, and I congratulate King Faisal University on this very creative performance ."

In turn, Maaz Al-Khamis, the Director of the Performance, asserted that the script was written specifically for the university, and was revised until it reached the natural pinnacle of a philosophical text that discusses the concept of success.

During the intermission that took place during the symposium, Theatrical Director, Zakaria Al-Momani, began by praising the work, maintaining that the director did well in the use of all the techniques of the theater. He added, “Much work was needed to improve the color palette theme, and criticism should be accepted with all grace." Theatrical Actor and Director, Sami Al-Zahrani, said that the play was an important experiment, noting the distinguishing factor of the show was that "The script was classic, and the directing was epic." 

In a comment,  Theater Director, Dr. Naif Khalaf, confirmed that the show revealed creative talents. He said, "The stage was full of theatrical elements, but, in my opinion, the script encountered avoidable pitfalls due to linguistic errors committed by the actors. However, this point didn’t diminish their creativity."

The Vice-President of the Deanship of Student Affairs at the University of Taif, Dr. Mansour Al-Harthy, criticized what he called "audience confusion" as a result of random photography. He praised the staff. Ahmed Sarawi concluded the theatrical interventions. He expressed his admiration for the team.

It is noteworthy that the idea and supervision of the play originated from Khalid Al-Khamis, and actors Shehab El-Shehab, Daghash Aldghash, Sulayman Abdul Azim, Abdullatif Al-Muhaini, and Abdullah Dahwan. To conclude, Rashid Al-Dosari controlled the theater, with decoration by Ismail Al-Khamis, and sound effects by Mohamed Al-Nawa.

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In the First Theater Festival of Saudi Universities

The activities of the First Theater Festival of Saudi Universities hosted by King Khalid University in Abha launched yesterday afternoon. The first event was a symposium entitled "University Theater: Concerns and Aspirations," moderated by the Director of the Association of Culture and Arts in Abha, Ahmad Al-Sarawi, with the participation of faculty members from Qasim University, Dr. Ahmed Al-Tami, from King Saud University, Dr. Nayef Khalaf, from Jazan University, Dr. Mohammed Habibi, and Theater Director, Abdullah Bahatab.

Al-Tami began by elaborating on the visionary leadership in University Theater provided by King Saud University in Qasim (which later turned to Qasim University). He pointed out that the idea of the first local theater festival started from the Qasim branch. The first steps taken by the Student Affairs Deanship in Qasim University was to attract qualified theatre directors and gifted students. It then moved on to look for proper theatrical scripts for well-known playwrights. Moreover, Qasim University encouraged both students and stakeholders alike to engage in playwriting. Mr. Al-Tami explained that the idea was prepared and developed by nine theater groups from the Culture and Arts Associations in several regions in the Kingdom, and subsequently, turned into a national festival under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Information.

Dr. Naif Khalaf spoke about his experience at King Saud University since he was a student. He said, "I passed through three stages: fear of trying, love of theater, and the abandonment stage. Each stage had its circumstances”. He added, “I was encouraged by the existence of a constellation of acclaimed Arab playwrights who were working in the university. Also, the university boasts a huge library, which contains important literary-theatrical references.” After that, Mr. Al-Tami reviewed his experience in directing, indicating that the most important way is to work closely with students and discovering the hidden strengths of their talents.

Dr. Mohammed Habibi started his segment by commenting on the conditions of theater in Jazan since the establishment of Jazan University. He related that the theater movement was stuck in the early stages of planning when the Deanship of Student Affairs in Jazan University started its mission to train students on the foundations of theater, giving them ample opportunities to participate in numerous activities around the Kingdom. Dr. Habibi fondly recalled an experience he described as very important; the establishment of a theater group of disabled students who participated in the theater festival that was held in Poland where they performed phenomenally.
Habibi concluded his participation in the symposium emphasizing, "Nothing brings more honor and pleasure to an innovative student and his teacher except when they raise the flag of their country in foreign festivals."

For his part, Theatrical Director Abdullah Bahatab talked about his experience for more than 20 years in the Theater of King Abdulaziz University. He summarized his experiences over several points. He mentioned the intricate details of the close cooperation that occurred with a number of playwrights. He said they collaborated with him in over 37 performances submitted by the University. What's more, the cooperation extended to 22 directors who belonged to different schools in theatrical directing. Dr. Bahatab added that King Abdulaziz University was the first to participate in a tourism festival that was held in Abha in 1408. He concluded by stressing that the university has performed more than 90 plays.

At the end of the symposium, the moderator opened the area for suggestions. They agreed to the following:

  • The importance of holding the festival on a permanent rotational basis.
  • Forming a follow-up committee representing all universities.
  • Demanding a clear strategy for theatrical activity at the level of Saudi universities rather than depending on persons who may leave their positions affecting theatrical work.


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Under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Education Dr. Ahmed Al-Issa, the activities of the First Theater Festival of Saudi Universities were launched on Sunday morning the 22nd of Rabi Al-Awwal. King Khalid University organized the Festival to be held at the Lasan Campus Theater over the next five days.

The opening ceremony will take place at 11 am in the University Theater of Al-Mahala. In addition to the participating theater performances, the festival includes theatrical symposiums after each stage performance, with the popular participation of a number of acclaimed theater stars.

Ten theater teams will participate in the festival. They represent numerous Saudi universities. Their participation is in accordance with all the requirements and standards aligned with the Saudi Arabian Society for Cultural and Arts. Namely, the performance should ensure audience sensitivity, in particular, the youth. Moreover, there must be a minimally acceptable level of technical equipment used for each participant.

The performances will include the following in the table below.



King Faisal University


Taibah University


King Abdulaziz University


Jeddah University

Don Quixote on Snape Shot

Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University


Jazan University

Station Does Not Leave

King Khalid University

Beyond the Darkness

King Saud University


Taif University



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Under the patronage of His Excellency, the Rector of King Khalid University, Prof. Dr. Faleh Bin Rajaa Allah Al-Solamy, the Vice-Presidency for Academic Development and Quality organized the 5th Annual Excellence Awards ceremony. The purpose was to honor distinguished male and female students of the University in the previous academic year (1437/1438).

Al-Solamy expressed his exhilaration with the exemplary performance of the distinguished students in different fields. His Excellency emphasized the importance of the award inasmuch that it spreads the spirit of healthy competition among the students of the University in academic and administrative aspects.

Al-Solamy: “I congratulate the winners of the Excellency Award in its fifth session, and I challenge all students to strive earnestly in their pursuit to win the award next year.”

Rector Al-Solamy further confirmed that the award would undergo extensive change and rapid development, pointing out that a number of essential categories will be added to the award classification index. He emphasized that all new classifications will be devoted to scientific research at the level of colleges and departments. He said, “I congratulate the winners of the Excellency Award in its fifth session, and I challenge all students to strive earnestly in their pursuit to win the award next year.”

Al-Solamy thanked the Central Committee of Excellence Awards from the Office of the University Vice-Presidency for Academic Development and Quality. He also thanked all those who contributed to arranging the ceremony from the faculties and departments, appreciating their arbitration efforts.

Correspondingly, the Vice-President for Academic Development and Quality, Dr. Merzin Al-Shahrani, stressed that there are a number of objectives that the University seeks to achieve from the launch of the excellence awards initiative. The most important of these are urging the employees of the University to compete positively and creatively achieve excellence in their performance to enhance academic, educational and administrative work processes and outcomes. In addition, the University seeks to appreciate its outstanding employees and highlight their achievements, as well as encourage students to aim high in their studies.

Commenting on the award nomination procedures, Al-Shahrani related that nominations are initiated after the approval and guidance of the Rector, in accordance with the terms and conditions related to the award. For example, the candidate is nominated by the Excellence Awards Committee and subsequently approved based on merit. Afterwards, it is escalated to the College Award Committee for approval from the College Council, which in turn, sends the nominations to the Excellence Awards Unit of the Academic Development and Quality Deanship where it ultimately is submitted to the Main Committee of Excellence Awards at the University in accordance with the acknowledged standards and controls.

Undoubtedly, all winners of the Excellence Awards were screened through a rigorous process. Associate Professor of Mathematics at the Faculty of Science and Arts in Mohaiyl, Dr. Mohammed Al-Mazah, received first place for University Teaching. For the Women's Category, Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry, Dr. Mastora Edris, Faculty of Science (Abha), received first place. In like manner, Assistant Professor in the Department of Measurement and Evaluation at the Faculty of Science and Arts in Sarat Obaida, Dr. Mimi Al-Sayed, received second place.

In the Outstanding Student Category, Faculty of Medicine student, Mohammed Al-Qahtani, came in first place, while second place was awarded to Faculty of Dentistry student, Ahmed Al-Qaisi. Coming in third place was Faculty of Sharia and the Fundamentals of Religion student, Ali Al-Shehri. In the female section, Faculty of Medicine student, Ashwaq Asiri, came in first place, while second place was awarded to Faculty of Dentistry student, Asmaa Al-Shehri. Faculty of Science and Arts at Khamis Mushait student, Suzanne Al-Qahtani, came in third place.

In the Distinguished Employee Category, the Head of the Training Department in the Deanship of Faculty and Staff Affairs, Mr. Mohammed Al-Soraye, came in first place. In second place came the Administrative Affairs Assistant for the Editor in Chief of Afaq Newspaper, Mr. Hassan Awaji. Third place was awarded to the Director of the Academic Development and Quality Deanship, Mr. Ismail Al-Qahtani. In the Women's Category, first place was achieved by Ms. Aisha Asmari from the Faculty of Science and Arts in Khamis Mushait while Ms. Fawzia Al-Shehri achieved second place, the Technician in the Faculty of Science (Abha). Third place was awarded to the Director of the University Vice-President's Office for Girls Colleges, Professor Qamar Asiri.

In the Community Service Category, the Vice Dean of the Khamis Mushait Community College, Assistant Professor of Archeology, Dr. Ali Al-Marzouq, received the sole award for this category. In the female section, an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Home Economics achieved second place.

In the Excellence in Institutional Community Service Category, the Faculty of Dentistry obtained first place in both the male and female categories.

In conclusion, the Vice Dean of the Khamis Mushait Community College, Dr. Ali Marzouk, gave his thanks and appreciation to the University's administration for their efforts in spreading the culture of excellence and enhancing effective trends in university education in the light of quality, as well as its interest in development and efficiency.

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