Renowned Spanish circus to perform in Saudi Arabia for the first time

This photo was posted on Facebook by the Spanish acrobatic group Impact Brothers announcing their forthcoming show in Saudi Arabia. (Facebook photo)
Updated 17 February 2017
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Renowned Spanish circus to perform in Saudi Arabia for the first time

JEDDAH: For the first time in Saudi Arabia, residents will enjoy acrobatic and entertainment acts performed by internationally artists and performers from Spain.
The event is organized by the Luxury Events under the title “Kibai Des Sens.”
Kibai, meaning “light of hope” is the imaginary city where all action during the show will take place in a form of “magical night” when the atmosphere is filled with lights while transforming a gray city that is inhabited by anonymous characters into magical beings that shine fleetingly.
The show will feature a host of acrobatic performances and entertainment acts, such as high- trapeze, stunts, jugglers, a comedy and musical show, among others.
“We are proud to present a fabulous stage performance by one of the most popular and entertaining traveling fair from Spain for the very first time,” said Amro Ahmed, Business Development manager of Luxury Events.
“We are always keen to organize and host family-themed activities as well as recreational and entertainment events that cater to visitors of all ages. Kibai Des Sens is a perfect example. We are delighted to see such a large number of visitors to the show and enjoy the extravaganza thrilling acts.”
The fair is taking up a residency at three places with two performances held at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Riyadh through Sunday, Jeddah Feb. 23-26 and in Alkhobar March 2-4.


World applauds as Saudi women take the wheel

A Saudi woman and her friends celebrate her first time driving on a main street of Alkhobar city in eastern Saudi Arabia on her way to Bahrain on June 24, 2018. (AFP / HUSSAIN RADWAN)
Updated 25 June 2018
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World applauds as Saudi women take the wheel

  • As the de facto ban on women driving ended after more than 60 years, women across the Kingdom flooded social media with videos of their first car trips, while some police officers among the large number out on the streets distributed roses to the first-ti
  • The celebrations even reached as far as France, where Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of the Saudi national motorsport federation, drove a Formula 1 racing car in a special parade before the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet 

JEDDAH: The world awoke on Sunday to images and video footage many thought they would never see — newly empowered Saudi women taking the wheel and driving their cars.

As the de facto ban on women driving ended after more than 60 years, women across the Kingdom flooded social media with videos of their first car trips, while some police officers among the large number out on the streets distributed roses to the first-time drivers.

The celebrations even reached as far as France, where Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of the Saudi national motorsport federation, drove a Formula 1 racing car in a special parade before the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet.

“I hope doing so on the day when women can drive on the roads in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shows what you can do if you have the passion and the spirit to dream,” she said.

In a tribute to Saudi female drivers, the Lebanese soprano Hiba Tawaji released a special video of a song she performed live in Riyadh at a concert last December “Today women in Saudi Arabia can legally drive their cars,” she said. “Congratulations on this achievement, this one’s for you!”

Back home in Saudi Arabia, the atmosphere was euphoric. “It’s a beautiful day,” businesswoman Samah Algosaibi said as she cruised around the city of Alkhobar. 

“Today we are here,” she said from the driver’s seat. “Yesterday we sat there,” she said, pointing to the back.

“I feel proud, I feel dignified and I feel liberated,” said Saudi Shoura Council member Lina Almaeena, one of the first women to drive in the Kingdom.

She told Arab News that the event was changing her life by “facilitating it, making it more comfortable, making it more pleasant, and making it more stress-free.”

Almaeena urged all drivers to follow the traffic and road safety rules. “What’s making me anxious is the misconduct of a lot of the drivers, the male drivers. Unfortunately they’re not as disciplined as they should be. Simple things such as changing lanes and using your signals — this is making me anxious.

“But I’m confident: I’ve driven all around the world when I travel, especially when I’m familiar with the area. It’s really mainly how to be a defensive driver because you have to be.”