Fun time for kids at Saudi Aramco event

Updated 31 December 2012
0

Fun time for kids at Saudi Aramco event

Having fun and enjoying with family and friends is what all children like to do. Saudi Aramco, as part of its social responsibility program, presented one such opportunity to orphans and children with special needs, belonging to different charity organizations and rehabilitation centers, in which they all came together for a fun-filled night in the Aramco premises at the central park in Al-Rehab complex last weekend.
More than 2,200 people attended the event, which was the last such event in 2012 organized by Saudi Aramco, in cooperation with the Saudi Aramco Affairs Dept.
Children of all ages took part in entertainment activities, which included: Telematch games, fun with cartoon characters, a Kids’ Corner, balloon games, traditional Saudi folklore, bazaar, food booths, cultural contests and a health awareness booth set up by the Ministry of Health and Dr. Soliman Faqeeh Hospital.
Dr. Sameer Nasruddin, acting manager of western region, Aramco government affairs, who attended the event took great delight on seeing happy children, their families as well as members of productive families.
He thanked the community services department for organizing such events and advised to keep up the good work.


Pair of Japanese premium melons sell for record $29,300

Updated 26 May 2018
0

Pair of Japanese premium melons sell for record $29,300

  • Yubari melons are considered a status symbol in Japan with many being bought as a gift for friends and colleagues.
  • Ordinary fruit is comparatively expensive in Japan and it is not unusual for a single apple to cost as much as $3.

TOKYO: A single pair of premium melons on Saturday fetched a record 3.2 million yen ($29,300) at auction in Japan, where the fruit is regarded as a status symbol.
Seasonal fruit offerings in Japan routinely attract massive sums from buyers seeking social prestige, or from shop owners wanting to attract customers to “ooh and aah” over the extravagant edibles.
The winning bid was placed by a local fruit packing firm for the first Yubari melons to go under the hammer this year at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market in northern Hokkaido, officials said.
The figure — enough to buy a new car in Japan — topped the previous record for the luxury fruit, which fetched 3.0 million yen two years ago.
“Yubari melons are growing well this year as sunshine hours have been long since early May,” said market official Tatsuro Shibuta.
Yubari melons are considered a status symbol in Japan — like a fine wine — with many being bought as a gift for friends and colleagues.
The best-quality Yubari melons are perfect spheres with a smooth, evenly patterned rind. A T-shaped stalk is left on the fruit, which is usually sold in an ornate box.
Even ordinary fruit is comparatively expensive in Japan and it is not unusual for a single apple to cost as much as $3.