Saudi Arabian Airlines gets apology from Kuwaiti company for posting rumors of alleged flights to Tel Aviv

Updated 01 March 2017

Saudi Arabian Airlines gets apology from Kuwaiti company for posting rumors of alleged flights to Tel Aviv

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) forced a Kuwaiti company to issue a formal apology in three Kuwaiti newspapers after the company, which specializes in Internet services, falsely announced that Saudia organizes flights from Riyadh to Tel Aviv.
The Kuwaiti company said in the apology statement, which was published in Al-Qabas, Al-Watan and Al-Rai, that it officially apologizes for the false news posted on its website, which was then copied to the social networking site Twitter.
The company said it acknowledges publishing the false news, which was “contrary to the truth,” by claiming that Saudia organizes flights between Riyadh and Tel Aviv.
Mansour Al-Bader, media and public relations director at Saudia, said the management at the Saudi carrier noticed that a tourism and travel office in Kuwait recently published a news item on its website confirming reservations on Saudia flights from Riyadh to Tel Aviv.
“We immediately contacted the office ... and we requested correcting the false information. We did not receive any response in this regard,” said the spokesman.
He added: “Saudia management directed the legal affairs department to follow up on the case, which, in turn, filed a lawsuit against the company in Kuwait.”
The owner of the company then contacted Saudia and expressed deep apologies, and sent a formal letter of apology, and offered to do whatever it takes in exchange for dropping the lawsuit against his company.
Al-Bader said that Saudia demanded publishing an official apology, an official apology statement by the company in three major newspapers in Kuwait, in the size of quarter page on the front page of each paper.
The owner of the company responded to this request and published the official apology statement to end the lawsuit amicably.

Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

Updated 57 min 31 sec ago

Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

TAIF: It is not unusual for musicians to aim for the stars, but organizers of the Crown Prince Camel Festival in Taif gave the Ukrainian concert pianist Olina Lukashu a head start.

Visitors to the opening entertainment events at King Faisal Garden were treated to the sight and sound of Lukashu performing 5 meters in the air, dressed in a long white gown that reached down to the ground.

“It was decided to put her at the entrance of the garden, all dressed in white to welcome the visitors,” festival spokesman Saleh Al-Anzi told Arab News.

“It is a new idea that was greatly enjoyed by visitors, who admired her rendition of various musical pieces.”

Among the 25 events taking place in conjunction with this year’s festival is a circus presented by five Latin American countries, Al-Anzi said. There is also a free childcare service, mobile food courts, international restaurants and a live broadcasting studio.  “Visitors will be able to ride camels inside the park, and enjoy the handicrafts on display by various artisans,” he said.

Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers, told Arab News the Taif Season was important in terms of generating employment opportunities for young Saudis, and creating tourist projects. “All the events are full of visitors,” he said.

He said 2,000 jobs were provided during the Taif Season, and those who took up the opportunities gained skills and knowledge about the requirements of an audience.

“Saudi culture has changed, and Saudis have become more aware of global challenges and requirements, and the expectations of tourists and other consumers,” he said. “Taif Season has set a high standard.”