Pakistani filmmaker eyes Saudi Arabia for future projects

From left, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Matab Al-Saud, chief of the Top Events Co. and Knowledge Core, with Pakistani filmmaker Imran Raza Kazmi at the premier of a Pakistani movie held in Riyadh on Saturday. (AN photo)
Updated 03 February 2018
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Pakistani filmmaker eyes Saudi Arabia for future projects

RIYADH: In a bid to promote Saudi-Pakistani relations in the film and entertainment industry, the premiere showing of the Pakistani movie “Parchi” was organized at a makeshift cinema hall here on Saturday night.
Guests from the film fraternity of the two countries and diplomats attended the event.
Prince Abdul Aziz bin Matab Al-Saud, chief of Top Events, welcomed the producer of the Pakistani flick, Imran Raza Kazmi, and other guests.
Kazmi said: “The show brought together film industry leaders of the two countries, paving the way for a possible production of Pakistani films and dramas in Saudi Arabia.”
Kazmi, who specially flew to Riyadh to attend the premiere show, also announced plans to work closely with the Top Events and the General Entertainment Authority (GEA).
“We are already talking to the GEA on cooperation modules in film, drama and entertainment sectors,” said Imran Ismael of Top Events.
Asked about the prospects of cooperation in the film and entertainment sector, Kazmi said he plans to visit the Kingdom with a group of filmmakers and artists to talk to the Saudi agencies for collaboration and to identify shooting locations across the Kingdom later this year.
“I am overwhelmed with the love and support given by Saudi brothers and Pakistani expatriates during this trip,” he added.
Malik Nadeem Sher, Riyadh-based bureau chief of a Pakistani TV channel, said: “I was really thrilled to watch the film with the producer of the film present at the show in Riyadh.” “It was really unbelievable…to watch the film, like I’m watching in a theater in Pakistan,” said Ghaffar Ahmed, who attended the first of the six shows.


Formula E brings racing-themed roadshow to Jeddah

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Formula E brings racing-themed roadshow to Jeddah

  • The Road to Ad Diriyah will give Jeddah a taste of the historical three-day festival of racing, live music, culture and entertainment that is set to take place in Ad Diriyah
  • More than 6,000 motorsport fans stormed to Khobar last week for the road show

DUBAI: After a successful run in Khobar last week, Road to Ad Diriyah, a racing-themed entertainment event, is set to visit Jeddah as the country gears up for all-electric street car-racing activities in December.

More than 6,000 motorsport fans stormed to Khobar last week for the road show, which featured racing-themed activities heralding the upcoming 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix on Dec. 13 to 15, a first-of-its-kind sporting event in the Middle East.

The Jeddah edition opens on Nov. 22, with most of the activities from the previous one, as well as an e-sports competition whose winner will take home SAR 1,000,000.

The ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah e-sports championship allows fans to command a SAR 250,000 professional racing simulator. The 16 best participants will then be invited to Ad Diriyah in December for the grand finals.

The Road to Ad Diriyah will give Jeddah a taste of what the historical three-day festival of racing, live music, culture and entertainment that is set to take place in Ad Diriyah will be like.

Bavaria Zaman, who visited the Khobar show with husband Rashid Khan and kids Nawal, Daiin and Nashin, said: "I think it's fantastic. The kids are running around and having fun."

The upcoming E-Prix is the first in a 10-year partnership between ABB FIA Formula E and the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA) and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF).