Comic Con Arabia to bring best of pop culture to Riyadh

Comic Con Arabia is asking the region’s artists to create a mascot fit for the brand.
Updated 27 November 2017
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Comic Con Arabia to bring best of pop culture to Riyadh

JEDDAH: Popular culture convention, Comic Con Arabia, is coming to Riyadh for the first time from Nov. 23-25.
The event, organized by Panache Middle East and Events Oasis, will be held at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.
The three-day multi-genre celebration will provide spectators with the opportunity to meet “Game of Thrones” and “Justice League” star, Jason Momoa, regional rapper Qusai and many more.
“Comic Con Arabia’s audience will be entertained with an eclectic selection of activities including two cosplay competitions, challenging e-sports tournaments and food from a delicious medley of food-trucks, and shop for some exclusive collectibles inspired by the exhilarating world of anime, manga, graphic novels, video games, toys, TV shows and films,” organizers said in a press statement.
The region’s best cosplayers will have the chance to compete against each other in male and female cosplay competitions, for a cash prize of SR7,000 ($1870) each.
The competitions will be judged by international celebrity cosplayers who are experts in costume creation and whose creations have been used in Hollywood movies.
Additional features of the event include stimulating discussion panels and make-up workshops for women from professional make-up artists. Talented regional artists will adorn the Artist Alley with their creations and avid gamers can display their skills at challenging eSports tournaments.
Apart from the cosplay competitions, Comic Con Arabia will offer numerous opportunities to win prizes including a fully paid trip to Spain and other giveaways from social media competitions.
Comic Con Arabia is also asking the region’s artists to create a mascot fit for the brand.
The crowd-sourced mascot competition will see one highly creative individual take home a cash prize of SR5,000, unlimited access to all of the coming Comic Con Arabia events and more.
Additional prizes will be provided for the winners of the eSports tournaments and competitions.
Tickets are available through Virgin Megastores or at the door.
Picture gallery of the Comic Con Arabia


Malaysia mosque bans tourists after ‘sexy dance’ goes viral

Updated 25 June 2018
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Malaysia mosque bans tourists after ‘sexy dance’ goes viral

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian mosque has banned tourists after a video of two female visitors in skimpy outfits dancing in front of the Muslim holy site went viral online.
The pair, of East Asian appearance and believed to be foreigners, were filmed doing the dance in skimpy shorts and tops exposing their midriffs on a wall outside the main mosque in the city of Kota Kinabalu, a popular site for visitors and tour groups.
Residents and local Muslim groups were incensed by the risqué moves outside the holy site on Borneo island, which is renowned for its huge blue and gold dome and ornate minarets.
An outraged onlooker can be heard in the video saying: “Why don’t they just fall off the wall?”
Mosque chairman Jamal Sakaran at the weekend slammed “the unacceptable behavior by foreign tourists” and announced a temporary halt to any tourists visiting the mosque in Sabah state, adding the move was to preserve the sanctity of Islam.
The nationality of the women involved was not clear.
State Tourism Minister Christina Liew told The Star newspaper legal action would not be taken against the pair as they were likely unaware of the severity of their actions. But authorities wanted to track them down to explain “that something they deemed as ‘fun’ was actually disrespectful and not right in Sabah.”
Large numbers of tourists — both local and foreign — visit the mosque, often during a brief stop in Kota Kinabalu before heading into the jungles of Sabah to see the jungle-clad state’s abundance of wildlife.
Tourists can usually visit mosques in Muslim-majority Malaysia, where most practice a moderate form of Islam, but are advised to wear modest clothing.
It is not the first time that foreign visitors have landed in hot water for disrespecting local culture in Sabah.
In 2015 four Western tourists pleaded guilty to obscenity charges for taking nude photos on popular peak Mount Kinabalu, an act some in the country blamed for causing a deadly earthquake.