New vision offers more jobs, better living standards

Updated 28 April 2016
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New vision offers more jobs, better living standards

JEDDAH: Vision 2030 would create more jobs for citizens and increase their standard of living, said Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani, according to a press report on Wednesday.
Al-Haqabani’s comments come in the wake of the announcement Monday by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of sweeping economic reforms to ensure long-term sustainable development, with plans for a $2 trillion sovereign fund.
Al-Haqabani said the government’s plan would ensure a diversified economy and ensure growth that would translate into prosperity for all citizens. This would be achieved through a raft of measures that include the further regulation of the labor market.
He said this could only be achieved with long-term partnerships between the public and private sectors, better education and training, and incentives for both companies and individuals.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman had met with Al-Haqabani and a group of representatives from the private sector on Tuesday at Al-Yamamah Palace, and said the government would continue to invest in the training and education of citizens.


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.