Jazz festival rocks Riyadh

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The Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority had encouraged the festival to showcase jazz culture over the next three days. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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The Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority had encouraged the festival to showcase jazz culture over the next three days. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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The Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority had encouraged the festival to showcase jazz culture over the next three days. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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The Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority had encouraged the festival to showcase jazz culture over the next three days. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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The Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority had encouraged the festival to showcase jazz culture over the next three days. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
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The Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority had encouraged the festival to showcase jazz culture over the next three days. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
Updated 23 February 2018
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Jazz festival rocks Riyadh

RIYADH: The first-ever Groovz Jazz Festival rocked Riyadh on Thursday night.
More than 2,000 people enjoyed art, food and music at the Riyadh Intercontinental Hotel, with bands from the US, Britain and the Middle East ensuring a jazzy vibe.
Guests were able to sample their favorite outdoor food while enjoying the music.
Time Entertainment CEO Obad Awad told Arab News the Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority had encouraged the festival to showcase jazz culture over the next three days.
He said that despite being announced only five days ago, the event drew a capacity crowd on its first day.
“We are expecting many more people during the next two days and will be making special arrangements to accommodate more visitors,” he said.
Rana Al-Mohamed, a Saudi businesswoman, told Arab News the festival offered jazz-lovers a rare chance to meet.
Omar Al-Ahsan, a graduate student from Britain, said: “We are really happy about this event and expect many more like it in the coming months.”


Saudi drivers take position as final Ad Diriyah showdown kicks off

Updated 27 min 48 sec ago
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Saudi drivers take position as final Ad Diriyah showdown kicks off

  • Ahmed Bin Khanen and Bandar Alesayi of the Saudi Racing team lined up in the final of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy
  • The race is the world’s first international championship for production-based electric cars

DUBAI: Two Saudi racers took position as they compete in the final Jaguar race of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship today despite a slight morning weather hiccup.

Ahmed Bin Khanen and Bandar Alesayi of the Saudi Racing team lined up in the final of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy, the world’s first international championship for production-based electric cars.

Both local racers made history as the first among the racers to compete in the inaugural Jaguar championship.

“I am really thrilled to represent Saudi and to be part of the first race of Jaguar in front of my home crowd, I very happy to be here. It’s bit tricky out there for us but looking for to it. I want to just enjoy myself and put on a good show,” Bandar said.

Ahmed echoed Bandar’s excitement, “this city circuit is a bit tricky, but we are getting there. I’m very proud to have Formula E and the Jaguar eTROPHY here in Saudi Arabia, hopefully we can create a great weekend,” he said.

Bander (car 12) was 6th on the starting grid and Ahmed (car 24) was 8th out of the pack of 12. Both drivers have been supported by the General Sports Authority (GSA) and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF).

The main ABB FIA Formula E race starts later in the day.