Scooby-Doo brings joy to Riyadh

Artists perform at the Scooby-Doo Show in Riyadh. (AN photo)
Updated 11 December 2017
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Scooby-Doo brings joy to Riyadh

RIYADH: The Scooby-Doo Show, a great performance with a lively audience, was held at Riyadh’s King Fahad Cultural Center on Saturday.
Families attended the event and thoroughly enjoyed it, which was evident from gleeful laughter and joyous cries during the performance.
Just a few years ago, such an event would have been unheard of. Nowadays, events such as this are bringing families together and providing them with an opportunity to spend quality time together outside their homes.
An attendee of the show, Nora Al-Sudairi, said: “It was a lovely experience. I have been to many shows with my children but yesterday was exceptional because I attended (the event) in Riyadh and with my whole family and husband included. We all enjoyed it. There was a story behind it and it made the kids think. What I did not like about it was the inability to purchase snacks, except outside in the freezing cold.”
Shows like these are family friendly and encourage all family members to attend. Latifa Abdullah said: “I would never have thought in a million years that I could go anywhere with my husband and kids together, but tonight we are here and enjoying it with no problems or harassment.”


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.