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


Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

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Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

RIYADH: Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack on an interior ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh.

A spokesperson from the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security also said that three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

“The security authorities in the Presidency managed to thwart the terrorist act targeting the center of investigations ... and dealt with them as required by the situation,” the spokesman was quoted by SPA as saying.

The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined by government authorities, the news agency added.

Special security personnel were still working on the site to assess and identify the explosive materials that the terrorists had in their possession, the spokesperson said, and the findings would be announced later.

The suspects, who were on board a car, tried to crash through the main entrance of the General Directorate of Investigation’s Center in Riyadh, but were intercepted by security to prevent the vehicle from gaining access into the compund.

Two gunmen died during the initial exchange of fire with the security forces, while one was killed as he attempted to flee. The fourth attacker died as he tried to blow up an explosive belt,  pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported.