Security of banks and customers under scrutiny

Updated 09 April 2013
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Security of banks and customers under scrutiny

The security of the city's banks, employees and customers was the focus of a workshop held jointly by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and industry (JCCI) and the Jeddah police department on Sunday at the JCCI.
The two-day workshop entitled, “Together for a secure future,” was attended by the director general of Jeddah police Ali Mohammed Al-Ghamdi; Mazen Batterjee, vice president of the JCCI; Colonel Talal bin Ahmed Al-Syedlani from Jeddah police; Mohiuddin bin Yahya, assistant secretary general; and a number of finance experts and academics.
Batterjee said the security of the financial sector was the responsibility of all citizens and residents and was crucial for the country's economic development and stability. He said the JCCI was working closely with all government departments including the police.
The main aim was to prevent financial crimes, he added. It was important for the public and private sector to work together to ensure the safety and security of the industry, he said.
He said the JCCI was using workshops and training courses to enhance the technical skills of employees. Al-Ghamdi said it was important to educate customers about the need to institute proper safety precautions when doing their banking and other financial transactions.
He said security measures were important in a city as large and important as Jeddah. The city is the gateway to Makkah and a large economic hub, he added.
Al-Syedlani said all levels of relationships are covered by security measures, including those between banks and their customers and bank managers and the police.


Classical music trio delight Saudi audience with world premiere in Arabic

The musicians concluded their encores in Jeddah with upbeat classical versions of the German and Saudi national anthems. (Supplied)
Updated 12 December 2018
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Classical music trio delight Saudi audience with world premiere in Arabic

  • The musicians were the German Debussy Trio
  • The musicians concluded their encores in Jeddah with upbeat classical versions of the German and Saudi national anthems

RIYADH: Saudi audiences have been treated to a 10-day feast of classical music, including the world premiere of the Arabic translation of the lyrics of Schubert’s “Winter Journey” romantic song cycle.

The performances took place at the German diplomatic missions in Riyadh and Jeddah, the French Consulate General in Jeddah, the Goethe Institute in Riyadh and KAUST in Thuwal.

The musicians were the German Debussy Trio, comprising cellist Birgit “Cella” Erichson, violinist Ulrich Beetz and pianist Vasil Laghidze.

As founders of the Abegg Trio, Erichson and Beetz have over 40 years’ experience performing in concert halls worldwide. Their latest formation, with the young Georgian pianist Vasil Laghidze, is called the Debussy Trio after the French composer of the late 19th and early 20th century, who created the gateway to modern music.

The French Consul General El-Mostafa Mihraje hosted the trio’s performance of an all-Debussy concert, including the famous Clair de Lune, played under the stars. 

It was part of the worldwide centenary Debussy’s death that began in January in Paris with a concert for French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

For their German concerts the musicians performed Schubert’s “Winter Journey,” with the lyrics by Wilhelm Müller recited in German by Claudia Ziegeler and — in a world premiere — in Arabic by the Saudi poet Dr. Adel Khamees Alzhrani.

The musicians concluded their encores in Jeddah with upbeat classical versions of the German and Saudi national anthems, delighting the diverse crowd attending.