Saudi security officer gunned down in Qatif

Lt. Col. Fahd Al-Kathiri
Updated 14 November 2017
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Saudi security officer gunned down in Qatif

QATIF: Saudi security officer Lt. Col. Fahd Al-Kathiri was shot dead on Sunday as he participated in a raid on terrorists in Tarout Island in the governorate of Qatif. Al-Kathiri was a member of the Interior Ministry’s Emergency Force.
“Al-Kathiri was shot while performing his duty and died while being rushed to the hospital,” said Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, Interior Ministry spokesman, adding that the concerned authorities have started investigating the incident.
Al-Kathiri’s death comes just days after Abdullah Al-Qahtani, a private in the Emergency Force, was shot and killed in Qatif.
In a video tribute, Al-Kathiri’s father said he was proud of his son “because, like the rest of his comrades who died to ensure this country’s safety and security, he died defending his country and its civilians. May God have mercy on my son.”


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.