China guest of honor at Jeddah International Book Fair

Visitors are seen at last year's Jeddah Book Fair. (SPA file photo)
Updated 01 December 2017
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China guest of honor at Jeddah International Book Fair

JEDDAH: The third Jeddah International Book Fair hits town this December at Obhur’s waterfront.
More than 1,000 publishing houses from throughout the region will set up shop for the 10 festive days from Dec. 14 to Dec. 24.
There will be 187 book signings ,and readers will have the chance to meet Saudi Arabia’s flourishing literary talent.
There will be a special evening to celebrate the life and work of the national poet, Ibrahim Al-Khafaji, who died on Nov. 24 at the age of 93. Al-Khafaji was the writer of the Saudi national anthem and many other famous songs.
This year’s floor area for the fair increased by 30 percent compared to 2016, according to organizers.
The main tent, hosting writers, publishers and performers, is 27,000 sq m, with an additional 25,000 sq m on the outside periphery facing the Obhur creek and filled with food trucks, temporary restaurants and cafes.
This year the fair will host performances from five countries. Chinese artists have prepared special shows to go with poetry recitals and folklore theatrical performances.
The fair aims to introduce new writers to publishers, and to spread reading culture to visitors.
This year’s book fair also introduces the COLORS project, which caters to artists, photographers and painters and sheds light on contemporary visual art.
COLORS will showcase works that embraces graphic design, Arabic calligraphy and photography to cater to all artistic tastes.


Saudi drivers take position as final Ad Diriyah showdown kicks off

Updated 15 December 2018
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Saudi drivers take position as final Ad Diriyah showdown kicks off

  • Ahmed Bin Khanen and Bandar Alesayi of the Saudi Racing team lined up in the final of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy
  • The race is the world’s first international championship for production-based electric cars

DUBAI: Two Saudi racers took position as they compete in the final Jaguar race of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship today despite a slight morning weather hiccup.

Ahmed Bin Khanen and Bandar Alesayi of the Saudi Racing team lined up in the final of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy, the world’s first international championship for production-based electric cars.

Both local racers made history as the first among the racers to compete in the inaugural Jaguar championship.

“I am really thrilled to represent Saudi and to be part of the first race of Jaguar in front of my home crowd, I very happy to be here. It’s bit tricky out there for us but looking for to it. I want to just enjoy myself and put on a good show,” Bandar said.

Ahmed echoed Bandar’s excitement, “this city circuit is a bit tricky, but we are getting there. I’m very proud to have Formula E and the Jaguar eTROPHY here in Saudi Arabia, hopefully we can create a great weekend,” he said.

Bander (car 12) was 6th on the starting grid and Ahmed (car 24) was 8th out of the pack of 12. Both drivers have been supported by the General Sports Authority (GSA) and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF).

The main ABB FIA Formula E race starts later in the day.