‘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 Arabian embassy in Lebanon hosts Iftar in honor of Prime Minister Saad Hariri

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Saudi Arabian embassy in Lebanon hosts Iftar in honor of Prime Minister Saad Hariri

  • Saudi Arabian Charge d’Affaires in Lebanon, Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari, held a Ramadan Iftar banquet at his residence in Al-Birzeh
  • ebanese Prime Minister also delivered a speech in which he stressed the depth of relations between the two countries

BEIRUT: The Saudi Arabian Charge d’Affaires in Lebanon, Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari, held a Ramadan Iftar banquet at his residence in Al-Birzeh on Saturday evening in honor of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in presence of Adviser at the Saudi Royal Court Nizar Al-Alula.
Bukhari delivered a speech welcoming all, praising the distinguished relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Lebanon.
For his part, the Lebanese Prime Minister also delivered a speech in which he stressed the depth of relations between the two countries.
“All the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wants from Lebanon is to remain united in facing the challenges and to maintain our Arabism and our commitment to the Taif Agreement,” he said, adding that “the history of the Kingdom with Lebanon is good and full of cooperation.”
Hariri expressed his thanks and appreciation to Saudi leaders for their permanent standing alongside Lebanon, saying: “The Kingdom has always wanted stability, safety, development and peace for Lebanon.”