King Salman receives Islamic scholars, imams in Makkah

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a number of senior princes and scholars at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 11 June 2018
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King Salman receives Islamic scholars, imams in Makkah

JEDDAH: King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday received a number of Islamic scholars and imams including the general president of the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque Affairs, Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sudais, at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah. 

King Salman also received Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammed bin Saleh Binten, the ministry’s deputies, heads of board of directors of Tawafa Establishment for Pilgrims and its representatives. 

A number of senior princes including Prince Khaled bin Fahd bin Khaled, Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz, Prince Mansoor bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz, Prince Talal bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz and others were also present. 


‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

Updated 23 March 2019
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‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

  • “First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah” Akon said 
  • He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits at the Asharqiah Music Festival

DAMMAM: American rapper Akon captivated a packed crowd at the Asharqiah Music Festival on Friday, opening up the second night of musical festivities at Sharqiah Season with a special shout-out to Saudi Arabia.

“You have no idea, I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi for years, man,” Akon said, before launching into his song, “Gunshot.” Later, he told the crowd: “I’m seeing a tremendous change in Saudi Arabia here tonight."

At 8 p.m., under a bright moon on a beautifully cool night, Akon began his set, delighting fans who had spent over 10 minutes chanting his name in anticipation of his arrival.

He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits, including “Smack That,” “Mr. Lonely” and “Sorry: Blame It On Me.” And he wrapped things up with “I love you, Saudi... thank you for making me feel at home."

Backstage before the concert, Akon told Arab News how excited he was to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time. He was especially excited to visit one Saudi city in particular.

“First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah.”