Saudi-UK talks focus on security, trade

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Princess Reema bint Bandar, vice president for women’s affairs at the General Sports Authority, chat with Saudi girls during a basketball class at the Olympic Headquarters in Riyadh on Wednesday. (AFP)
Updated 06 April 2017
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Saudi-UK talks focus on security, trade

RIYADH: The Saudi-UK talks held in the capital Wednesday focused on security and strengthening business relationships between the two countries, said the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) in a statement following the meeting between King Salman and British Prime Minister Theresa May at Al-Yamamah Palace.
The two leaders discussed cooperation in bilateral relations.
The talks also focused on recent developments in regional and international situations.
During the meeting, King Salman awarded May the Order of King Abdulaziz.
The honor has in the past been awarded to other G-7 heads of state, including former US President Obama, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to a Downing Street spokesperson, May and King Salman held talks on a wide range of subjects, including security. “They also discussed working together to address the humanitarian situation in Yemen,” the spokesperson said.


King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias performs at the launch of a three-day festival of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday in Ad Diriyah, near Riyadh. (Twitter)
Updated 14 December 2018
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King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

  • Enrique Iglesias took the stage in an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah
  • The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical

RIYADH: Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias launched a three-day festival  of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday with a stunning concert at an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah.

The king of Latin pop took the stage by storm and stole the hearts of thousands in the crowd, whose screams could be heard from a long way away. “I love you Enrique,” a group of girls in the audience shouted.

As he waved his hand back and forth in the air, the crowd started doing the same while jumping up and down. The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical. 

No theatrics were excluded as displays of fireworks and lasers wowed the audience. The singer asked the crowd if they spoke Spanish, and everyone screamed “Yes.”

While stage smoke poured into the arena a female performer sang a duet with Iglesias, who then delighted the crowd with some impromptu salsa dancing in front of the stage.

Fans waved their uplifted phones with their screens and flashes along with the music, while others tried to capture the performance.

“You can run, you can hide but you can’t escape my love,” sang Iglesias while the crowd screamed.

Earlier the R&B singer, songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo persuaded the crowd to put on their dancing shoes with an energetic set.

“Saudi, whassup! This is a dream come true for me! Since we are in Saudi Arabia I want to do things a little different,” he told the audience. He said his mother taught him to never visit empty handed, so his gift to Saudi Arabia was the debut performance of a new song.

Thursday’s entertainment will be followed on Friday by shows from Arab music star Amr Diab and the Black Eyed Peas. The climax of the festival comes on Saturday with the Saudia Ad Diriyah Formula E Grand Prix motor race, followed by headline performances by OneRepublic and the megastar DJ/producer David Guetta.