Heavy rain, cold on way

Updated 22 December 2015
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Heavy rain, cold on way

JEDDAH: Large parts of the Kingdom are likely to experience heavy rain and a drop in temperature as a cold spell takes effect over the coming week, according to forecasts.
Abdullah Al-Harbi, a forecaster, said the cold spell would start from today and last until Saturday, with unstable weather and heavy downpours in the western, northern, central, southern and eastern regions.
“These conditions will start on Tuesday in the south- western areas, extending to the western heights, southern parts of Makkah and parts of Hail and Qassim,” said Al-Harbi.
He said that on Wednesday there would be rain over the southern, eastern, northern and western areas, including the coastlines, Makkah, Hail, Al-Jouf, the Northern Border and Madinah. “Jeddah is unlikely to be drenched, although the skies would be covered with clouds.”
The weather forecast for Thursday shows moderate to heavy rain in the southwestern coastal areas, Abha and Baha heights, Taif extending to the east, and the southern parts of Qasim and the Eastern Province. On Friday, there is likely to be cold and brisk winds, and rain over Madinah and most parts of the country, he said.
There is also a high chance of heavy rainfall along the western and southern coastal areas, including Aflaj, Alhareeq, Al-Kharj, Alhoutah, and the central region.
Al-Harbi said there is less chance of rain on Saturday over the central, southern and eastern parts of the Kingdom, but a likelihood of downpours over the United Arab Emirates and northern parts of Oman.


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.