In Washington Post column, Saudi ambassador to US urges ‘revitalizing’ long-standing alliance

Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US Khalid bin Salman. (SPA)
Updated 21 March 2018
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In Washington Post column, Saudi ambassador to US urges ‘revitalizing’ long-standing alliance

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has embarked on a monumental reform of his country’s economy and society — a program called Vision 2030 — in a bid to engage Saudi Arabia’s growing younger generations.
And as the crown prince begins his tour of the US, the Saudi Arabian ambassador Khalid bin Salman is certain the visit will reinforce Saudi Arabia’s long-standing, solid partnership with Washington — especially after the 2017 Riyadh Summit, which took the two countries’ relations to a new height.


The ambassador believes the crown prince’s visit will strengthen the ties between the two historical allies, and that support from the US will help Saudi Arabia to embrace change.
Writing for the Washington Post, the ambassador said: “We now see new chances for revitalizing the long-standing Saudi-US alliance. The crown prince will highlight this during his trip — especially in the area of business and investment opportunities — and expand the efforts that Salman and President Trump initiated last year in Riyadh.
“The relationship today is stronger, deeper, and more multidimensional than ever, and it extends beyond the Oval Office, the halls of Congress, military bases, and trading floors.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is reforming, and our dynamism will take the Saudi-US relationship to new heights. Both sides should seize the moment. We must take the opportunity to recommit ourselves to a cemented alliance with a proud legacy, but one that also looks to the future, sparks prosperity, unlocks the full potential of all Saudis and helps to stabilize a crucial region and the world.”


AMC Cinemas and Noon team-up to sell tickets for historic ‘Black Panther’ showing

Updated 19 April 2018
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AMC Cinemas and Noon team-up to sell tickets for historic ‘Black Panther’ showing

  • The showing of Black Panther in the first commercial cinema to open its doors here in 35 years is eagerly anticipated by moviegoers.
  • The partnership with Noon.com is designed to give people the chance, every day, to buy such a limited amount of tickets.

Riyadh: With the return of cinema to Saudi Arabia just one day away, AMC Cinemas has announced a partnership with Noon.com to sell tickets online for initial screenings of “Black Panther,” the Marvel Studios production of the immensely popular comic book that heralds the return of movie theaters to the Kingdom on April 20.
The Kingdom-wide excitement accompanying the arrival of Black Panther in the first commercial cinema to open its doors here in 35 years is expected to generate hordes of would-be moviegoers for what will be the only cinema screen in all of Saudi Arabia as the cinema ramps up to full operations. The partnership with Noon.com is designed to give people the chance, every day, to buy such a limited amount of tickets.
Movie lovers can now go to www.noon.com, where they can click on a banner ad that will take them to the micro site for ticket sales and information. On the micro site landing page, a digital clock will count down to the start time for ticket sales for the next showing of Black Panther. As soon as the start time arrives, customers can click on “Book Now” to begin their ticket purchase with Noon. As soon as the show is sold out, the timer will reappear on screen along with a message indicating that there are no more tickets available and when sales will start for the next showing.
Initial screenings of Black Panther are reserved for families only and are not open to single males. Future showings will be made available for single men.
Although ticket sales are currently limited to next-day showings, customers will be able to choose their cinema experience, type of seat and the number of tickets they want to buy. There will be an initial limit of six tickets per customer. Black Panther will screen nightly at 8:30pm with tickets priced at SAR75, which includes a 25 percent entertainment tax levied by GCAM and 5 percent VAT.
Tickets for Friday night’s premiere event go on sale at 12:00am Friday, April 20 for the 8:30pm show on the same day.