Pakistani woman becomes first international artist to hold solo show in Madinah

Pakistani painter Rabia Zakir, who on International Women’s Day this week became the first international artist to hold a solo show in Madinah, has praised Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 reform plans for promoting arts and culture in Saudi Arabia. Zakir is well known in diplomatic circles for her portraits of Arab leaders, including the Saudi crown prince and members of the royal families of the UAE and Bahrain. Her portraits and landscapes hang in 50 embassies in Pakistan, most prominently of Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman. In an interview with Arab News via telephone from Madinah, Zahir said she had seen a clear change in the arts and culture scene in Saudi Arabia due to the special interest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin S Read More