General Entertainment Authority backs Monster Jam in Riyadh

Updated 17 November 2017

General Entertainment Authority backs Monster Jam in Riyadh

RIYADH: The General Entertainment Authority has announced its support for the Monster Jam motorsport event, which will take place at the King Fahd International Stadium March 17-18.
Organized by Feld Entertainment Inc. and Live Entertainment, the popular live motorsport event further expands the choice of entertainment options available to citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia. Tickets can be purchased at Munch Bakery outlets, the Fire Grill restaurant and online at starting at SR30.
For decades, Monster Jam has been one of the biggest and most successful touring shows in the United States and around the world. The show will feature legendary drivers in 4-meter tall, 5-ton Monster Jam trucks. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, the vehicles generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly across 130 feet, a distance greater than 14 cars side by side, and up to 35 feet in the air.
Amr Al-Madani, CEO of the General Entertainment Authority, said: “As we continue on our journey to build the entertainment offering in the Kingdom. The General Entertainment Authority is proud to support one of the best live motorsport shows in the world. The event is a great example of affordable and accessible entertainment in Saudi Arabia.”
He added: “Monster Jam is just one of a number of upcoming events that the General Entertainment Authority is helping to bring to the Kingdom that cater to all groups in our society and at an affordable price. More exciting announcements will be made in the coming weeks and months.”
Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. on both days, with the shows scheduled to start at 8 p.m.
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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

Updated 14 min 21 sec ago

Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.