Yanni: ‘Saudis will help country take its rightful place in the world’

Yanni with his daughter Krystall Ann. (AN photo by Huda Bashata)
Updated 08 December 2017
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Yanni: ‘Saudis will help country take its rightful place in the world’

JEDDAH: Renowned Greek composer and musician Yanni, who enthralled crowds during his recent concerts in Saudi Arabia, shared his optimism about the Kingdom in a tweet on Friday.
The maestro said: “KSA: An amazing culture in the midst of a wondrous change at an incredible rate! So many bright minds, men and women, young and old alike, from all walks of life, who love their country, and can, and will, help this nation rise and take its rightful place in the world! ...Yanni.”
Yanni, 63, enjoyed a great reception from fans during his concerts in Jeddah, Riyadh and Dhahran.
In a tweet on Nov. 27, before his departure to the Kingdom, he said: “Yanni in Saudi Arabia (KSA): Witnessing history in the making! Hi everyone, we are now in Florida getting ready to fly to Saudi Arabia … We are going to be experiencing history in the making and I would not miss it for anything in the world! First stop Jeddah! ...Yanni.”
Addressing a press conference in Jeddah on Nov. 30, Yani said in Arabic that he “is so happy to be in Saudi Arabia.”
The international artist added: “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.”
Yanni’s historic visit to Saudi Arabia was part of his global 2017-2018 tour, in which he played the most popular songs from a career that began in 1984.
Speaking to Arab News before the first show in Jeddah, Yanni’s daughter Krystall Ann, who was traveling with her father, said: “I’m just so happy and thrilled that we can actually be here. It’s been beautiful. I’m excited that we’ll be here a full two weeks, from coast to coast. It’s been lovely so far.”
 


Kangaroo on the menu for Harry and Meghan Down Under

Updated 18 October 2018
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Kangaroo on the menu for Harry and Meghan Down Under

  • The pair will only spend a few hours in Melbourne, but had a jam-packed schedule that included a meal featuring native Australian foods
  • Meghan was inundated by flower bouquets and baby gifts following their announcement

MELBOURNE: Chargrilled kangaroo was on the royal menu Thursday as Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan arrived in Australia’s second-largest city Melbourne, where they were greeted by thousands of screaming fans.
Clutching flowers and waving flags, the crowds turned out to welcome the pair, who were delayed in traffic after flying in from Sydney on the third day of their tour Down Under.
The pair will only spend a few hours in Melbourne, but had a jam-packed schedule that included a meal featuring native Australian foods and a trip to a beach.
“I love everything they stand for. As a human being you have so much to look up to with them,” one young fan who had been waiting since before dawn told national broadcaster ABC as the pair mingled with the crowd.
A teenage girl cried tears of joy and threw her arms around the prince as she clutched a hand-written banner with the words: “Been here since 4am. Loved you since I was eight.”
“You’re gonna get me in trouble,” Harry joked as he embraced her.
Meghan was inundated by flower bouquets and baby gifts following their announcement on Monday that Meghan was expecting their first child.
The US-born royal also put on a dinosaur pasta necklace made by a five-year-old boy, who was wearing his favorite pilot uniform outfit, for the rest of her walk.
“I made it with pasta and dipped them in gold paint and threaded the string through,” he told news.com.au.
The Duchess was wearing a tan trench-coat, believed to be by Paris-based Australian designer Martin Grant, a navy dress by the breakthrough star of local fashion Dion Lee, and holding a Gucci Sylvie clutch.
The loved-up husband and wife mostly mingled with the crowd separately, but when they were together, they held hands and the Duchess periodically stroked Harry’s back.
After the public meet-and-greet, the couple spent some time with the Victorian Governor Linda Dessau in an official reception at Government House, where the Duchess of Sussex stole the hearts of local sports fans by handballing a football used in the Australian Rules game.
They then headed to a restaurant that mentors indigenous chefs with chargrilled kangaroo and wild boar on the menu, according to broadcaster Channel Nine. They will visit a school before finishing up at South Melbourne beach.
The couple will also follow in the footsteps of Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth during her 2011 visit by taking a tram ride in Melbourne.
They are due to return to Sydney later this week for the opening of the global sports championship the Invictus Games, which was set up by Harry for wounded military personnel after his decade of service in the army.
The couple’s more-than-two-week official visit will take in multiple stops in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand — all parts of the Commonwealth, a group of predominantly former British colonies.