Royal tribute to air force chief

Updated 14 June 2015
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Royal tribute to air force chief

RIYADH: Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense, led those who received the body of Lt. Gen. Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Shaalan, commander of the Saudi Royal Air Force, at Riyadh Air Base Airport on Saturday.
The deputy crown prince conveyed condolences of Saudi leaders to the family of Lt. Gen. Al-Shalaan, who died following a heart attack during a business trip outside the Kingdom.
The deputy crown prince earlier held talks with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, emir of Qatar, in Doha.
He conveyed the greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to the Emir of Qatar and the Qatari Heir Apparent.
The Qatari leader also sent his greetings to King Salman.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and means to promote them, in addition to regional and international issues of mutual interest and the endeavor to bring stability to the region.
On the Saudi side, the meeting was attended by Adel bin Zaid Al-Toraifi, culture and information minister; Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al-Isa, state minister and cabinet member; besides a number of officials.
The Qatari leader also hosted a dinner in honor of the deputy crown prince.


Sharqiah Season: Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

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Sharqiah Season: Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

  • The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts
  • The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month
DHAHRAN: As part of Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province, the fifth Saudi Film Festival will feature Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Indian superstar Salman Khan.
The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in partnership with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).
Khan recently announced in a video message that he will visit Ithra on Sunday as a guest of the film festival.
“Hello Saudi Arabia, assalamu alaikum,” he said in the video. “See you at Ithra on the 24th of March, InshaAllah.”
The actor is best known for his performances in blockbuster Hindi flicks such as “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, “Ek Tha Tiger” and its sequel “Tiger Zinda Hai.”
In “An Evening with the Stars,” Khan will talk about his lengthy Bollywood career as both a film star and a producer.
He has starred in more than 80 Bollywood films, and has produced more than 30 via his production company Salman Khan Films.
On Monday, Gooding Jr. will take to the stage to discuss his 30 years of experience as an actor.
The American is best known for his performances in “Jerry Maguire”, “A Few Good Men” and “Men of Honor.”
Gooding Jr. has played more than 85 roles over the course of his career. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rod Tidwell in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire.”
Tickets to both events, as well as for the film festival as a whole, are available on Ithra’s website.
The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month, with more than 83 activities in nine cities.