Big cat tales kick off weekend of thrills in Saudi Arabia

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The first staging of the National Geographic Live show in Saudi Arabia. (AN Photo)
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The first staging of the National Geographic Live show in Saudi Arabia. (AN Photo)
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The first staging of the National Geographic Live show in Saudi Arabia. (AN Photo)
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The first staging of the National Geographic Live show in Saudi Arabia. (AN Photo)
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The first staging of the National Geographic Live show in Saudi Arabia. (AN Photo)
Updated 24 February 2018
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Big cat tales kick off weekend of thrills in Saudi Arabia

DAMMAM: A photojournalist who travels the world in search of big cats kicked off events on Thursday night in what promises to be an entertainment-packed weekend.
The show at the main auditorium at Damman’s Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University was the first staging of the National Geographic Live show in Saudi Arabia. 
National Geographic Live gives audiences a chance to meet and question world-famous scientists and explorers. 
On Thursday, explorer Steve Winter, a willife photojournalist, shared tales of his wild adventures in an interactive event, organized jointly by the General Authority of Entertainment and Time Entertainment. The event will be followed on Saturday Feb 24 with a talk by Zoltan Takacs, a snake expert.
Tickets for the show were almost sold-out showing the popularity of events combining knowledge with fun in the Kingdom, showing Vision 2030 principles at their best.
Award-winning Winter, famed for his “On the Trail of Big Cats” lecture tour, told the audience: “Many people ask me how did I get involved and pick big cats. I was a photojournalist and didn’t take a picture until I was 34 years old, so I always say I didn’t choose big cats, big cats chose me, because I barely passed biology in school!” 
He spoke of how he has traveled the globe in search of big cats to photograph and described the unusual experiments he has conducted in order to capture his breath-taking shots of elusive felines. It can take up to six months to capture a picture of a tiger, he revealed.
He wrapped up his talk by taking questions from the audience. Asked whether he will cover the story of the Arabian leopard discovered in Jazan province, he instantly replied: “I’ll do it!”


Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

Updated 21 September 2018
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Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

  • UN official briefd on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen

JEDDAH: Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, Saudi ambassador to Yemen and executive director of the “Isnad” Center for Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen, met on Thursday with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.

During the meeting, Al-Jaber highlighted Saudi Arabia and the coalition states’ support of humanitarian operations in Yemen in light of violations committed by the Houthi militias.

He also briefed the UN official on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen, affirming its support in accordance with three references (Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanism, outputs of the national dialogue and Security Council Resolution 2216).

Griffiths highlighted his efforts with the Iran-backed Houthi militias to return to the negotiating table.

Earlier, Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsin Saleh met with Griffiths. They discussed the latest developments in the Yemeni arena and efforts for peace there.