London, Asharq Al-Awsat- The Prince of Wales attended the premiere of Arabia 3D on Monday evening along with numerous political and economic figures, celebrities and artists. The film looks at the history of the Arabian Peninsula, the cultural renaissance and development in the era of the Saudi state and the constructive role that was taken on by the founder of the Saudi state King Abdulaziz Bin Abdulrahman al Saud.
The premiere of the film that was shown at London IMAX was attended by head of the Saudi Environment Monitoring and Protection Authority, Prince Turki Bin Nasser Bin Abdulaziz, head of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies Prince Turki al Faisal, Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa and numerous other political, cultural, diplomatic and media figures from the Arab and non-Arab world.
Those attending the premiere were able to take part in a Saudi exhibition at the entrance of the cinema that recreated different aspects of Saudi heritage.
Before the premiere, Prince Charles received Prince Turki Bin Nasser Bin Abdulaziz, Prince Turki al Faisal, and the Saudi Ambassador to the UK Prince Mohammed Bin Nawaf Bin Abdulaziz, as well as other senior officials at Clarence House in London.
The documentary, which is the first 3D film to be filmed entirely in Saudi Arabia, highlights the developments that have been achieved by the kingdom in various fields, indicating that after uniting the country, the founder embarked upon utilizing oil revenues for [the progress of] education, construction, development and to establish the foundations of the modern Saudi state. [It also looked at] the great efforts exerted towards Hajj facilities and the major expansion of the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina and the development of facilities in Arafat, Mina and other holy sites. The film also shows clips of thousands of worshippers at the Sacred Mosque and images from inside the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.
On his part, the film’s producer Greg MacGillivray said, “The aim of the production of the film, in which the latest high-tech equipment was used, was to inform people of the history, nature, civilization and progress accomplished by Saudi Arabia.” He also indicated that an Arabic version of the film has been prepared and is ready to be shown. Saudi student Hamza Jamjum, who studies film production in the United States, participated in the narration of the film as well as female writer Nima Nawwab.