‘Oriental Nights’ festival in Eastern Province attracts 160,000 visitors

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Updated 18 January 2018
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‘Oriental Nights’ festival in Eastern Province attracts 160,000 visitors

DAMMAM: The executive committee of the “Oriental Nights” festival, currently held at King Abdullah Park along Dammam’s waterfront and organized by the Eastern Province secretariat, reported that 160,000 people have visited the festival during the past six days. The number is expected to increase in the coming days.
Mohammed Al-Safyan, the head of the committee, said the festival witnessed a remarkable turnout since its first hour, as huge numbers of visitors and Arab communities turned out, thanks to the diversity of its events and shows, presented by six Arab states that are participating through professional folk groups.
More than 120 events, enjoyed by all segments of society, accompany the festival that opens from 4-11 p.m.
Al-Safyan added that the executive committee is prepared to receive thousands of visitors, by increasing the number of volunteers, reaching more than 100, along with the secretariat’s security team.
He also said that the Levant nights, which lasted three days, had the biggest turnout so far with 15-20,000 visitors per night. This event included folk dances, food, songs and plays.
The festival will host Moroccan shows that start on January 16, and many other surprises in the coming days.


Saudi Arabia says missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead

Updated 20 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia says missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead

  • The journalist died after a fistfight at the consulate in Istanbul
  • Deputy intelligence chief, royal court adviser removed from positions, 18 Saudis arrested

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday the death of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying a preliminary investigation indicated he lost his life after a fight at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“The discussions between Jamal Khashoggi and those he met at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul... devolved into a fistfight, leading to his death,” the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the public prosecutor.
Eighteen Saudis have been arrested in connection with the incident and the investigation is ongoing, the public prosecutor said.
“The Kingdom expresses its deep regret at the painful developments that have taken place and stresses the commitment of the authorities in the Kingdom to bring the facts to the public opinion, to hold all those involved accountable and bring them to justice,” a statement on the SPA said.
Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the consulate to complete paperwork related to his divorce.
Deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Al-Asiri was removed from his position and Saud Al-Qahtani from his advisory role at the Royal Court, through royal decrees.
Three other intelligence officials who were also sacked have been named as Mohammad bin Saleh Al-Rumaih, Abdullah bin Khalifa Al-Shaya and Rashad bin Hamed Al-Muhamadi.
King Salman also ordered the creation of a ministerial committee, headed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to restructure the country’s General Intelligence agency and issue the results of its work within a month.
Members of the committee include the interior and foreign ministers as well as the heads of the General Intelligence and State Security.
A team of Saudi investigators were sent to Istanbul and have been working on the case with Turkish detectives, who entered the consulate on Thursday.
Earlier in the week, Saudi Arabia promised a thorough and transparent investigation into what happened to the journalist in Turkey.