Grammy winners to bring excitement as International Jazz Festival comes to Saudi Arabia's west coast

Updated 20 March 2018
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Grammy winners to bring excitement as International Jazz Festival comes to Saudi Arabia's west coast

JEDDAH: King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) will host the on March 22 and 23. The festival, organized by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), will showcase 10 musicians, including modern masters of jazz and Grammy-award-winning artists. It will take place on a stage built by the Red Sea.

Guests will be able to sample food while enjoying the music.

A robust entertainment industry comes within the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to raise the sector’s contribution to the country’s GDP from three percent to six percent.

The objectives also aim to localize 50 percent of the entertainment sector, as Saudis spend around SR80 billion annually on entertainment outside the Kingdom.

KAEC is hosting a number of festivals due to its eagerness to achieve cultural diversity.

Tickets are on sale in all Virgin Megastore branches or online via http://ticketingboxoffice.com. For more information about the festival, visit http://kaecjazzfest.com


UAE, Egypt and Bahrain commend Saudi Arabia’ decrees on Khashoggi case

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UAE, Egypt and Bahrain commend Saudi Arabia’ decrees on Khashoggi case

  • UAE, Egypt and Bahrain issued statements commending Saudi Arabia's royal decrees
  • Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, said the king’s decisions “achieve justice and equality”

DUBAI: Gulf Arab allies have backed the royal decrees issued Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Saturday involving the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

UAE

The UAE on Saturday backed Saudi Arabia’s statements, the official news agency WAM said.

The Gulf Arab state “commends directives and decisions of Saudi King Salman on the issue of Kashoggi,” WAM said on Twitter.

The announcement also said that Saudi Arabia and its leadership is a state of institutions based on justice and equity.

Saudi Council of Senior Scholars

Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, on Saturday said the king’s decisions on the death of Khashoggi “achieve justice and equality in accordance with Islamic law”, according to a statement on state news agency SPA.

Egypt

Egypt praised what it called the "decisive" and "brave" actions taken by the king.
"Egypt sees that the brave and decisive decisions and actions taken by the Saudi King over this matter align with his majesty's approach that respects the principles of law and applications of effective justice," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
It also offered its condolences to Khashoggi's family and said it was confident the investigation would reveal the truth. 

Bahrain

Bahrain praised decisions made by the Saudi king to establish justice, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported.

“Saudi Arabia will remain a state of justice, values and principles,” an official statement quote by the channel said.

(Wirth Reuters)