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.”


Sudan’s transitional council vows to back Saudi Arabia against Iran threat

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Sudan’s transitional council vows to back Saudi Arabia against Iran threat

  • Himeidti said the military council would continue deploying Sudanese troops to Yemen as part of the Arab coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthis
  • It was Dagalo's first international trip since Sudan’s army generals took power after they backed protesters in ousting longtime-leader Omar Al-Bashir last month

KHARTOUM: A top Sudanese general has vowed to back Saudi Arabia against “all threats and attacks” from Iran, Sudan's ruling military council said Friday.
General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the deputy chief of Sudan’s new Transitional Military Council, made the comments during a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah.
“Sudan is standing with the Kingdom against all threats and attacks from Iran and Houthi militias,” Dagalo, widely known as Himeidti, told the crown prince during their meeting, the council said in a statement.
Himeidti also said the military council would continue deploying Sudanese troops to Yemen as part of the Arab coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthis.
It was Dagalo's first international trip since Sudan’s army generals took power after they backed protesters in ousting longtime-leader Omar Al-Bashir last month.
The statement, the council's first major foreign policy announcement, amounted to a continuation of the deposed leader's policy.