Saudi Arabia sends 190 tons of aid to Nepal

Updated 25 May 2015
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Saudi Arabia sends 190 tons of aid to Nepal

JEDDAH: The Kingdom has sent 190 tons of aid to earthquake-hit Nepal, which includes food, tents and medical supplies, according to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Kingdom also sent medical workers.
Martin Faller, head of operations for the federation, thanked Saudi Arabia for the donations, and said the goods were all of top quality and suited to the environmental conditions in the country.
He said the Kingdom would supply a further 1,200 tents to meet the needs of displaced people, according to a report in a local publication.
"The first of a series of Nepal earthquake registered 7.9 on the Richter Scale on april 26 and left thousands of people dead, wounded and missing. There was almost total destruction of properties in some areas that forced residents to sleep outdoors for fear of another earthquake," said Faller.
Head of the Saudi Red Crescent delegation, Suleiman Al-Hwairini, said the first part of the aid, ordered by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, is currently being distributed.
"The aid includes food, medicines and medical supplies to improve the humanitarian conditions of the distressed people," he said.


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

Updated 11 September 2018
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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.