VOX Cinemas’ first public screening in Kingdom supports people with Alzheimer’s disease

Vox Cinemas City Center in Fujairah, UAE. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated 28 February 2018

VOX Cinemas’ first public screening in Kingdom supports people with Alzheimer’s disease

RIYADH: UAE based VOX Cinemas will make its first screenings to the public in Saudi Arabia this week with a program that aims to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease within the Gulf Cooperation Council region.
Showing from March 1-3 at Digital City in Riyadh, the screenings will support the Alzheimer’s Disease Association’s ‘Mzwalah City’ initiative. The project seeks to identify practical roles that members of the Saudi Alzheimer’s Disease Association can play in the community.
The satirical Saudi cartoon Masameer from Saudi film producers Myrkott will be screened as well as content from fellow local producer Telfaz Company.
Entrance fees for the event will be donated to the Mzwalah City project.
Mohamed Al Hashemi, Business Development Director at Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, the leisure and entertainment company that owns and operates VOX Cinemas, said: “Saudi Alzheimer’s Disease Association does incredible work, I can think of no better way for VOX Cinemas to introduce itself to Saudi Arabia than to help shine a light on this important social topic.”
VOX Cinemas, with 29 cinema complexes and 294 screens across the Middle East and North Africa, is the region’s largest and most rapidly growing cinema chain.

Saudi Arabia urges UN Security Council to disarm Houthis after drone attacks

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Saudi Arabia urges UN Security Council to disarm Houthis after drone attacks

  • Houthis targeted with 'seven explosive drones' Saudi oil pumping stations on May 14 - Saudi envoy
  • Iran-backed militias have no qualms about attacking the holiest place in Islam, says analyst

JEDDAH: The Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces intercepted and destroyed two missiles launched from Yemen by Iran-aligned Houthi militias on Monday. 

The missiles were reported to have been heading toward Makkah and Jeddah. 

A spokesman for the Arab Coalition said that the missiles were destroyed over Taif in the early morning, and that fragments from the first projectile had landed in Wadi Jalil, a valley that extends toward Makkah.

Residents in Jeddah told Arab News that they heard a loud blast early on Monday morning.

This is not the first time that Houthi militias have targeted Makkah, having fired on the city in July 2017.

Videos circulating on social media reportedly show the second missile being intercepted and destroyed in the skies over King Abdulaziz International Airport.

Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry denounced the Houthi attack and commended the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces for their vigilance. 

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, a Riyadh-based Saudi political analyst and international relations scholar, said: “This isn’t the first time that the Houthis and their masters in Tehran have fired missiles close to the holy city of Makkah.” 

They have no qualms about attacking the holiest place in Islam, he added. 

“They care nothing for the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan. What they did today, and what they did in the past, clearly reveal their sinister designs to strike at the heart of the Muslim world,” Al-Shehri said.

“Now is the time for all Muslim nations in the world to come to the defense of the holy land. Our sacred places are under attack from Iran, the Houthis and their militias,” he added.

“Mere condemnation won’t do. Iran and the Houthis have crossed a red line, and this calls for deterrent action against Tehran,” he said.

Yemen’s internationally recognized government also condemned the Houthis’ attempt to target Makkah, calling it “a full-fledged terrorist attack.”

Monday’s aggression came as Saudi Arabia warned that recent drone attacks against its oil-pumping stations by the Houthis will jeopardize UN peace efforts in Yemen and lead to further escalation in the region.

Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi ambassador to the UN, said “seven explosive drones” directed by the Houthis attacked pumping stations on May 14 in the cities of Dawadmi and Afif “on the east-west oil pipeline that transfers Saudi oil to Yanbu port and to the rest of the world.”

He urged UN Security Council members, in a letter circulated on Monday, “to disarm this terrorist militia in order to prevent the escalation of these attacks which increase regional tensions and raise the risks of a broader regional confrontation.”

Al-Shehri said Monday’s attack is a reminder to Muslim nations about the clear and present danger from Iran.  “Tehran timed the attack just as King Salman has called for a meeting in Makkah to discuss the threat from Iran to the Muslim world,” Al-Shehri said.

Saudi security forces have intercepted and destroyed 227 ballistic missiles launched by the Houthis at the Kingdom since 2015.