Comic Con Arabia fires up Riyadh youth in rainy weather

Visitors were impressed with a variety of costumes. (AN photo)
Updated 27 November 2017
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Comic Con Arabia fires up Riyadh youth in rainy weather

RIYADH: Comic Con Arabia, the Saudi version of the global brand, launched Thursday with high-profile guests at the Riyadh International Convention Center.
A long and energetic queue of comic enthusiasts of all ages stood in the cold and rain waiting to get through the gates and meet their favorite superheroes. The three-day event, backed by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), features various activities and panels.
 Attendees will have the opportunity to meet stars of some of the most famous movies and TV shows, including “Game of Thrones”, “Big Bang Theory”, “Underworld: Awakenings” and “Lost Girl.”
Winners of cosplay, a superhero costume contest that is the most anticipated comic-con activity, will receive SR7,000 ($1,867) each.
Young cosplayer Yusuf told Arab News that he chose Captain America because “he’s the best.”
 Discussion panels were held on the opening day, as was a costume workshop by designer Christopher Donio, who has worked in many films and TV shows.

Picture gallery of the Comic Con Arabia


Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

Updated 21 September 2018
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Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

  • UN official briefd on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen

JEDDAH: Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, Saudi ambassador to Yemen and executive director of the “Isnad” Center for Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen, met on Thursday with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.

During the meeting, Al-Jaber highlighted Saudi Arabia and the coalition states’ support of humanitarian operations in Yemen in light of violations committed by the Houthi militias.

He also briefed the UN official on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen, affirming its support in accordance with three references (Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanism, outputs of the national dialogue and Security Council Resolution 2216).

Griffiths highlighted his efforts with the Iran-backed Houthi militias to return to the negotiating table.

Earlier, Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsin Saleh met with Griffiths. They discussed the latest developments in the Yemeni arena and efforts for peace there.