King hails troops for heroic service

Updated 26 April 2015
0

King hails troops for heroic service

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has praised the armed forces for defending the nation and Islam’s holiest sites.
Meeting with top military and security commanders at Al-Yamamah Palace on Tuesday, he said that they have a duty to protect the country’s people and Muslims coming on pilgrimage to the two holy cities.
Those present included top brass from the ministries of defense, interior and national guard, and the presidencies of general intelligence and royal guard. At the start of the gathering, they shook hands with the king and listened to a recital from the Holy Qur’an.
“In the name of Allah, most merciful, most gracious. Peace and blessings be upon the Prophet. Dear brothers and sons, I am pleased to be with you today, among our forces that defend our religion first and the land of the two holy mosques,” said King Salman.
“Whoever defends the land of the two holy mosques, its borders and internal security, is defending a homeland and loyal people who deserve to have their security protected internally and externally. By externally, I mean the borders.”
He thanked Allah for establishing a country that has “united the people under the banner” of monotheism.
This has been the case since the reign of King Abdulaziz and those of his sons Saud, Faisal, Khaled, Fahd and Abdullah, and the late crown princes Sultan and Naif, he said.
He said that his official title of custodian of the two holy mosques requires him to serve his religion and country. “Your country is the Qiblah (direction) of Muslims. Every Muslim prays toward it five times a day. Therefore, it’s our responsibility to ensure its security and stability, internally and externally.”
He added: “Thanks to Allah Almighty, all of you, the armed forces, for carrying out your duty. As I said, you are from this country, and are the most suited to defend its people.”
Those in attendance included Crown Prince Muqrin, deputy premier; Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, minister of the National Guard; Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, second deputy premier and interior minister; Prince Mohammed bin Salman, minister of defense, president of the royal court, and special adviser to the custodian of the two holy mosques.


Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

Updated 11 September 2018
0

Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

  • More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show
  • About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions

MONTREAL: Cirque du Soleil will stage a show in Saudi Arabia for the first time later this month, the high-flying acrobatic troupe announced Monday.
The show will take place in the Saudi capital on Sept. 23 to coincide with the country's national day, public relations director Marie-Helene Lagace told AFP.
More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show, which will also be shown on Saudi state television. Cirque says it will be one of its biggest one-off productions ever.
About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions and conform to "the artistic standards for which we are known," Lagace said.
The announcement of Cirque du Soleil's appearance in Saudi Arabia was first made in Los Angeles in April, Lagace noted. But it was unclear whether the show would go on given the diplomatic tensions.
At the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has reopened movie theaters and allowed women and men to attend some concerts together.