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King Salman: Royal Order to Name a Riyadh Road after Prince Badr bin Abdulmohsen

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has issued a directive to name a road in Riyadh after Prince Badr bin Abdul Mohsen to commemorate the late Poet, reported Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The royal order lies on the recommendation of Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman due to Badr’s outstanding poetic journey.

This road is located west of Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, bordered by King Salman Road to the north and Al-Thumama Road to the south.

This step stands as a testament to the late Poet’s literary contributions that left a profound impact on Saudi and Arab literature.

Saudi poet Prince Badr bin Abdul Mohsen

Renowned Saudi poet Prince Badr bin Abdul Mohsen bin Abdulaziz Al Saud passed away in Paris on 4 May 2024, at the age of 75, after suffering from illness.

The prince or the ‘Word Engineer’ was one of the most prominent pioneers of contemporary poetry in the Arabian Peninsula.

The poet was born on April 2, 1949, in a highly educated family, surrounded by a wealth of books in his extensive personal library, and his father’s gatherings filled with intellectuals, writers, and great thinkers.

Prince Badr headed the Saudi Society for Culture and Art. Consequently, he played a pivotal role in opening new horizons for artistic expression and influencing the development of poetry organizations in the Kingdom.

In 2019, King Salman awarded the prince with the prestigious King Abdulaziz Medal as a recognition of his brilliant literary works.

Furthermore, the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) honored him in the World Poetry Day in 2019 to recognize his cultural contributions.

The General Entertainment Authority in Saudi Arabia honored him in 2019 in a night entitled “The Night of Prince Badr bin Abdul Mohsen: Half a Century and the Full Moon”. Moreover, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Authority, Turki Al-Sheikh, announced that a theater was built specifically for this occasion and would be named Prince Badr bin Abdul Mohsen Theater.

In 2021, the Kingdom’s Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission unveiled plans to collect and publish his complete literary works to commemorate the unforgettable impact of his impressive five-decade career.

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