Full diplomatic backing for Vision 2030

Updated 29 April 2016
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Full diplomatic backing for Vision 2030

RIYADH: A number of foreign ambassadors in Riyadh on Thursday applauded and expressed support for Vision 2030, the ambitious plan to diversify the Saudi economy.
“Vision 2030 is a ‘big thing.’ It’s a strategic project for the future of Saudi Arabia,” German Ambassador Boris Ruge told Arab News from Washington, DC, where he is on an official trip.
“I’m halfway across the globe but I am following the developments taking place in the Kingdom, which is our close ally and big trade partner in the region.”
He added: “The staff at the German Embassy, now under Chargé d’Affaires Michael Ohnmacht, and I am studying the document and as we do, we are upbeat and excited about it.”
He said that Germany is already considering measures to step up collaboration with the Kingdom as it implements Vision 2030.
“For Germany, Vision 2030 is a strategic project as far as the future of Saudi Arabia is concerned.”
Irish Ambassador Tony Cotter expressed support for new vision and said: “It is a very positive and ambitious plan to diversify and transform the economy, removing its dependence on oil and creating education and employment opportunities for its citizens.”
He added: “I wish the Kingdom every success in its implementation.”
Indian Ambassador Ahmad Javed said: “Vision 2030 is indeed a milestone” in the history of Saudi Arabia.
“It is a significant step toward transforming all aspects, particularly diversification of the Saudi economy,” he said. “We look forward to cooperating with the Kingdom in realizing the ambitious plan.”
Pakistani Ambassador Manzoorul Haq said: “We wish well for the brotherly country of Saudi Arabia coming out with the powerful vision document.”
He said: “I am very positive that Vision 2030 will bring sustainable development, progress and more prosperity for the people of Saudi Arabia.” He added: “We look forward to seeing the positive results that will help bring rapid progress for the Kingdom and its people.”
Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago said the vision is a move in the right direction and bespeaks well as far as the future of Saudi Arabia is concerned.
He said that Vision 2030 is a comprehensive plan, and if followed to the letter, it will ensure a more prosperous future for Saudi Arabia in general and the Saudis in particular. Tago congratulated Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Sri Lankan Ambassador Azmi Thassim described the vision as a “very positive” initiative to diversify Saudi economy. “Saudi Arabia really needs such a dynamic effort in the fast changing world,” he said.
“We are the partners and always wish good for the Kingdom. Indeed, we fully support this very positive and strategic plan that lays out ambitious goals set for the next 15 years.”


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.