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.”
 


Need to vent some anger? Jordan opens ‘Axe Rage Rooms’

Updated 18 April 2019
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Need to vent some anger? Jordan opens ‘Axe Rage Rooms’

  • People can demolish old items as well as smash plates and glasses — but for the price of $17
  • So-called rage rooms have been opening up around the world

AMMAN: In an underground room in Amman, a small group of Jordanians swing giant hammers at an old television, computer and printer, wrecking the machines, and then hit a car windscreen, shattering the glass into tiny pieces.
In the “Axe Rage Rooms,” people can vent their anger and frustration by demolishing old items as well as smashing plates and glasses.
“This is simply a place to break things and vent,” co-founder and general manager Ala’din Atari said. “A place where people come when they’re looking for a new experience... walking into a room with various items which they can break.”
So-called rage rooms have opened around the world, drawing visitors who want let their hair down and unleash some anger.
At the “Axe Rage Rooms,” where the experience costs $17, participants wearing protective suits and helmets wrote the issues bothering them on a blackboard — “ex-girlfriends,” “boss” and “all boyfriends,” the words becoming the targets of their anger.
Atari said his venue, which has seen about 10 clients a day in the month since it opened, had a space for couples, where the pair enter two rooms separated by a reinforced glass window.
“I wanted to try something new and...it was great,” said Ayla Alqadi, 23, after chucking old kitchenware at the window — behind which stood a friend.
“I felt like I had extra energy, it was a way to channel all the negativity inside, everything you feel inside you can release here.”