Saudis to enjoy 5,000 events in 2018 … now that’s entertainment

Updated 21 February 2018
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Saudis to enjoy 5,000 events in 2018 … now that’s entertainment

RIYADH: Saudi entertainment chiefs have lined up a calendar of more than 5,000 events for the rest of 2018 in an unprecedented year of cultural and leisure activities.
The General Entertainment Authority’s program for 2018, featuring a diverse lineup of live entertainment and events for families, young people and children, will be announced on Feb. 22.
The authority said it was committed to helping achieve Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals through the significant contribution of the entertainment sector to the economy, and its positive impact on economic diversification and gross domestic product.
In planning its 2018 calendar, it said it had ensured the diversity and high quality of the activities to suit the interests of all segments of society.
One of the authority’s main aims is to provide maximum recreational options for the Kingdom’s residents, especially during holidays, in order to help build and develop the Saudi entertainment and tourism industries.
The authority’s Jan. 11-20 campaign for the mid-year school holiday, themed “Don’t think of traveling,” featured 45 diverse events in 18 cities across the Kingdom.
Jeddah’s new Waterfront Corniche hosted Entertainment Avenue and the international color-and-light show Luminarium, known as the World of Glowing Colors — the first of its kind in the Kingdom — was held in Raibal Events Land.
Sharqeya Dot Fest in Alkhobar featured interactive entertainment and challenging competitions, hosted by experienced performers.
The international circus, Cirkopolis, performed at Dhahran Mall.


Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

Updated 2 min ago
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Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Abdullah Al-Sawah stressed the Kingdom's need to discover and support local talent.
He said that the ministry has paid increasing attention to technical talents, which has been represented through the organization of several events, the latest of which was the "Hackathon Digital Machines."
The event was aimed at creating a conducive environment to develop the capabilities of the digital youth and invest in their creative potential to maximize returns.
Al-Sawah noted that the event also aimed at "harnessing their abilities to develop the digital transformation process," calling for intensified and unified efforts in order to invest in Saudi talents for the benefit of the nation.
The minister was speaking during a meeting with Marian Taher Saleh, the youngest Saudi female journalist, alongside with her father.
Al-Sawah praised the role of her family, who have been supporting her from the beginning till she was able to enter the media field, expressing his appreciation for her media achievements.
For his part, Saleh's father expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the minister for his hospitality, appreciation and encouragement for his daughter.