Saudi deputy crown prince: Russia and Kingdom have no contradictions on oil market

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin
Updated 30 May 2017
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Saudi deputy crown prince: Russia and Kingdom have no contradictions on oil market

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman met Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss bilateral issues.
During the meeting Prince Mohammed told Putin that there were no contradictions between Saudi Arabia and Russia regarding the oil market and that even though a lot has been achieved there is a lot of work still to do.
Putin reiterated the importance of the energy markets for the two nations and welcomed the Kingdom for its cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC members.
The Russian leader said that relations with Saudi Arabia are developing pretty successfully.
Moscow and Riyadh have so far backed opposing sides in the six-year war, with Saudi Arabia supporting the opposition and Russia propping up President Bashar Al Assad.
Although opposition and government negotiators have failed to reach a deal, there are hopes that foreign powers will be able to force a settlement.
Despite the failure to reach a peace deal, evacuation agreements on the ground in Syria are being carried out in some besieged areas. On Monday, more than 1,000 people left the opposition-held Barzeh neighborhood of Damascus for another opposition territory.
The Saudi crown prince’s trip to Moscow comes after last week’s visit by US President Donald Trump to Riyadh in what was his first official trip abroad.
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is due to head to the Azerbaijani capital of Baku this week.

— With input from Reuters


Music festival finale at Jeddah Season eclipses all expecations

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Music festival finale at Jeddah Season eclipses all expecations

  • Attendees filled King Abdullah Sports City despite the heat, but nothing could prepare them for what was to come
  • Fans were wowed by performances including 50 Cent, Tyga, DJ Steve Aoki and Janet Jackson

JEDDAH: Seven megastars closed the Jeddah Season with a bang for the Jeddah World Festival on Thursday.

Attendees filled King Abdullah Sports City despite the heat, but nothing could prepare them for what was to come. 

R3wire and Varski appeared on stage and cheers erupted from the crowd. They played remixes of songs like “We Will Rock You” by Queen and The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” before mixing “One Kiss” by Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris.

Once the mood was set, superstar singer Janet Jackson stormed onto the stage. She sang and danced to hits like “All For You” and her latest track “Made for Now.”

After her powerful performance, she was replaced by English heart-throb Liam Payne. Once a part of One Direction, Payne is now a solo artist.

He performed a mix of songs, showing his vocal range and inspiring the crowd to sway with him when he sang a cover of “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran.

“The crowd here in Jeddah is amazing,” he said while performing.

After a short intermission, American rapper Tyga delivered his second performance in Jeddah after his debut on July 12.

The audience was waiting especially for him, and when he appeared on stage people made sure to show the rapper all their love with loud cheers.

Tyga performed some of the fans’ favorite tracks, including “Ice Cream Man”, “Taste”, “Rock City” and “Hookah.”

Without a moment’s rest, rapper Future began to spit fire on the stage as soon as Tyga stepped off. The rapper, 35, performed his famous tracks like “Jumpman”, “Low Life” and “Mask Off.”

Legendary rapper 50 Cent then transported the audience to the early 2000s as he performed his tracks “P.I.M.P” and “Candy Shop” before the crowd exploded with energy when the intro to “In Da Club” began to play. 

Although Chris Brown’s time on stage was short-lived and bittersweet, with the singer only performing four tracks, fans still swayed to the rhythm of his huge hit “Loyal” featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga.

Lastly, legendary DJ and producer Steve Aoki set the stage alight with an immense set-list.

The crowd jumped and surged to the beat of his opening track, “Moshi Moshi,” before moving to another classic, “Bella Ciao.”

Even though members of the crowd were exhausted after being at the venue for seven hours, their energy was refuelled as Aoki hyped them up with his high-octane performance.

Aoki created a brand new track with Saudi singer Daliah Mubarak and remixed two special songs for the Jeddah World Festival, including a mix of Egypt’s beloved singer Abdel Halim Hafez.