Saudi Cinema’s official Twitter account receives warm welcome

A Saudi citizen Naif Saleh Naif tweeted a welcoming tweet with this photo saying ‘I’ve been waiting for your return for 40 years.’
Updated 23 December 2017
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Saudi Cinema’s official Twitter account receives warm welcome

JEDDAH: The General Commission of Audiovisual Media (GCAM) launched the official Saudi Cinema Twitter account @alcinema_sa on Thursday, generating up to 42,000 followers in three hours — and a day later the followers’ count had increased to 65,000.
The account has tweeted a single word to commemorate the return of cinema to Saudi Arabia: “Odna,” the tweet read, which translates as: “We have returned.” The tweet alone received 1.5k comments, 5.6k retweets and 2.1k likes from film enthusiasts and social-media influencers.
Loay Al-Shareef, a Saudi content creator and producer and an ancient civilization researcher, commented on the official tweet with a suggestion that would make the movie-going experience both fun and educational. “Let’s make a deal and go into each movie with a piece of paper and fill it with words and phrases that we could benefit from in the film, and add in advice to strengthen our English, just as many of us have strengthened our language by watching films,” he said.
Many followers tweeted “welcome back” and suggested movies they wished to watch once theaters are open, while others requested fairly priced tickets.
Shahad Ahmad tweeted, “Initially, please screen masterpieces like The Shawshank Redemption,” to which Sa’ad Naif responded with his own suggestion of “The Best Offer,” as a better film.
Omar Asmari welcomed the account with: “I will hit up the nearest Jeddah theater as soon as it opens for my first 3D movie experience.”
Latifa Shams Al-Din, a Kuwaiti student in Nottingham, said: “I’m willing to visit Saudi Arabia if it means I’ll get to experience their cinematography and the stories they have to tell.”
The account was launched 10 days after the announcement allowing commercial cinemas to begin operation by March 2018. As per The Ministry of Culture and Information’s instruction, screened films will have to abide by the Kingdom’s cultural and religious values.


Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

The Housing Ministry has deals with two real-estate companies. (Reuters/File)
Updated 18 October 2018
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Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

  • The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units
  • The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing has signed agreements with two real-estate development companies to add more than 11,000 homes in Jeddah for the Sakani program. The deals were signed on October 15 during an event announcing the program’s 10th batch of beneficiaries.
The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units, while the second, Jeddah airport housing, is on land owned by the Ministry and will includes 2,203 units.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hugail, National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati, and officials from the ministry and the Real Estate Development Fund. They follow previous agreements signed by the Ministry of Housing with a number of developers to build housing in various regions of the Kingdom. Sixty projects providing more than 90,000 diverse homes, with prices ranging from SR250,000 to SR750,000 have already been launched.
The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock and support supply in the sector, to encourage competition between companies to meet the needs of citizens in a way that suits local markets and ensures the provision of continued maintenance services for the residential units.
“The real-estate developers with whom we signed contribute along with the Ministry to the service of citizens in order to provide a suitable residential environment on the levels of prices and specifications, while presenting the beneficiaries with the guarantees needed,” the Ministry said.
“These projects will be completed and handed over to the beneficiaries within a period not exceeding three years. These housing projects are integrated in terms of services and public facilities. They include mosques, public parks and green areas as well as government buildings.”