Rahbani delights fans at Jeddah music night

Lebanese singer Ghassan Rahbani performs in Juman Theater at King Abdullah Economic City on Friday. (Twitter photo)
Updated 16 December 2017
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Rahbani delights fans at Jeddah music night

JEDDAH: Ghassan Rahbani, Lebanese composer, orchestra conductor, pianist, and singer, regaled his fans on Friday at a classical music night.
The concert was coordinated by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) in Juman Theater on the Red Sea waterfront in King Abdullah Economic City.
It started around 8 p.m. with a dinner followed by a piano performance by Rahbani and the accompanying orchestra.
The multitalented artist, who was raised in a family of musicians led by his late uncles Assi Rahbani and Mansour Rahbani, and by his father Elias Rahbani, told Arab News: “I’m really happy to perform here and proud to be involved in Saudi Arabia’s efforts in promoting art and culture.”
The artist said that throughout his upbringing, he felt close to Saudi Arabia as he grew up among Saudi counterparts who regularly visited Beirut: “I feel enthralled to be performing here to a Saudi audience, as I’m familiar with their appreciation of music and art, and for that reason it feels both new and familiar to be performing in Jeddah.”
Concert organizer Zaki Hasanain shared with Arab News his delight and excitement at the GEA’s support in the promotion of similar events. “We were the first to propose the concept of dinner with live music, and we’re excited to witness it and take part in this cultural change.”
Raghda, one of the concert’s young Saudi attendees, told Arab News: “This is my first concert, and It’s both strange and enthralling to witness it happening in my home country.”
Ali, another attendee, said: “I hope to see more artists coming in in the future. The GEA is doing its best to include entertainment in our culture and the events being hosted are quite interesting.”
 


Workshop focuses on how to improve transport for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims

Updated 20 September 2018
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Workshop focuses on how to improve transport for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah recently organized a workshop for the development of the administrative and operating systems for supervisors and public operators of pilgrims’ transportation.
The workshop, which was held at the Hilton Hotel in Jeddah, was under the patronage of the Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten and was inaugurated by his Deputy Dr. Abdul Fattah bin Suleiman Mashat.
Sectors working in the transportation of pilgrims as well as international and local experts on crowd management and public transportation systems took part.
The event formed part of the Ministry’s initiatives in the National Transformation program 2020. It discussed the challenges facing supervisors and operators in the transportation of pilgrims and made recommendations on how to overcome challenges and improve the administrative and operating systems in cooperation with the whole Hajj services system. It also showcased the best international practice in public transportation.
Included was a briefing on the monitoring of initiatives by the Vision 2030 Achievement Office as well as presentations on the work of the Ministry’s pilgrims’ transportation agency, future projects, the urgent projects that were put in place for the last Hajj season and a detailed explanation of National Transformation initiatives. Those who attended the workshop also had the opportunity to learn about the technology the agency uses in its operations.