Yanni ‘so happy’ to perform in Saudi Arabia

Yanni and his daughter Krystal Ann at the press conference at Bay La Sun Hotel in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) on Thursday. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 30 November 2017

Yanni ‘so happy’ to perform in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Renowned Greek composer and musician Yanni, on his first visit to the Kingdom, said in Arabic at a press conference on Thursday that he is “so happy to be in Saudi Arabia.”

“I’m so happy and relaxed, more than my other concerts. The way people look at me makes me smile because they’re very welcoming and gentle," he said.

“You have to come to Saudi to feel this and to witness the changes... I’m really amazed by the speed of how things have changed.”

The press conference was held at the Bay La Sun Hotel in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) prior to his two concerts.

It was attended by Sultan Al-Qahtani, public relations manager at the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), Abdul Aziz Al-Dhuayan, chief communications officer at the GEA, and many local media representatives.

“I’d like to express my deep appreciation to KAEC, which has done so much to make this event a success,” said Al-Dhuayan.

“We’re aware of the huge leap made in bringing international stars to the Kingdom, with all kinds of events and concerts to entertain people and make them happy,” he added.

“More than 70 events have been organized by the GEA this year under the umbrella of ‘Winter Festivities’.”

Describing “every one” of his accompanying musicians as “a very special performer,” Yanni said music “gently opens both your heart and your mind.”

He added: “This is an extremely important time for me. It gives me great pleasure and makes me feel a great sense of responsibility.

“I want to provide something that’s suitable to your culture because you’ve trusted me with your eyes, ears and minds.

“I want the audience to be happy. I want to touch their hearts, and for them to leave the concert smiling and hoping to see me in the future. I want my music to bring love, peace and hope to everybody.

“I’m going to perform something very special for my Saudi fans, so you must stay tuned. I don’t want to say any more, but I want you all to see it.”

Yanni’s visit is part of his global 2017-2018 tour, in which he will play his most popular songs from his career that began in 1984.

Saudi Ministry of Labour, King Abdullah Economic City discuss employment opportunities

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Saudi Ministry of Labour, King Abdullah Economic City discuss employment opportunities

JEDDAH: A delegation from the Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development visited King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) to discuss cooperation between the Ministry and the Economic Cities' Authority (ECA) in a bid to support employment opportunities in economic cities.
The delegation, headed by Assistant Director General of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development in the Makkah region Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Ghamdi, toured King Abdullah Port and the Industrial Valley.
The Vice Secretary General of the Economic Cities' Authority (ECA) Imad Hashem praised the visit, which focussed on the importance of coordination and cooperation between the various sectors of the state so that government support for economic cities could continue.
He added that the ECA’s cooperation with the ministry will enable investors in economic cities to improve working environments across different sectors and create employment opportunities for Saudi Arabian youth.
After the tour, the two sides discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between them in order to build an effective partnership and improve health and safety awareness amongst companies at the city.
They also discussed ways to make the ministry’s drive to nationalise jobs a success.