Riyadh screens premiere of American animated film

“Hotel Transylvania 3” revolves around Dracula and his family, who take a vacation on a cruise ship. (Sony Pictures)
Updated 13 July 2018
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Riyadh screens premiere of American animated film

  • The screening was held in the presence of Saudi musician and “Arabs Got Talent” co-host Qusai Kheder, who was involved in the Arabic version of the film

RIYADH: A special Arabic-dubbed screening of the American animated movie “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” was held on Thursday at Vox Cinemas in Riyadh Park. 

The screening was held in the presence of Saudi musician and “Arabs Got Talent” co-host Qusai Kheder, who was involved in the Arabic version of the film. 

“Hotel Transylvania 3” revolves around Dracula and his family, who take a vacation on a cruise ship. 

Dracula starts a romance with the ship’s captain, who is voiced by Lebanese TV presenter Raya Abirached.

Kheder, who voices Stan the fish, said: “I really enjoyed performing the Arabic version of the movie. It is a great experience to interpret the language from English to Arabic. It is a family movie, not only for kids.” 

He expressed happiness that the premier took place in Saudi Arabia.


King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

Millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi national day on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 23 September 2018
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King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

  • More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s National Day, celebrated every year on Sept. 23, has come a long way in broadening the concept of unification over the years.
Though the National Day meant unifying disparate sheikhdoms under the nation’s founder, the late King Abdul Aziz, its implications across the political, socioeconomic and cultural spectrum have not been lost on successive rulers.
It was King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who fine-tuned the definition of unification as an operating philosophy. This is why millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi National Day on the streets on Sunday.
The capital city, along with other Saudi cities, will witness fireworks and the unfurling of the largest national flag. More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom.
Car owners, limousine drivers and young Saudi motorcyclists said that they planned to go for drives, particularly on the fashionable streets of the capital city, to celebrate. Grocery shops, stationery shops and vendors were selling bunting, flags, banners and pictures of national heroes.
“We went around the city to see the lighting and fireworks,” said Saleh Al-Omri, a local pharmacist. “Green and white balloons fill either sides of Riyadh streets,” he said.
In his National Day congratulatory message, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, said: “The wise policy of the leaders of this country contributed to peace, security and stability.”
Fakhr Al-Shawaf, chief executive of Al-Bawani Contracting Co., said: “We are celebrating the 88th anniversary of our unification, a day when the late King Abdul Aziz established the Saudi nation.”
Ali Al-Othaim, a member of Riyadh Chamber’s board of directors, said: “The Kingdom is on the path of comprehensive economic and social development under Vision 2030.”
Shafik Namdar, a taxi driver, said that he had bought an SR10 flag for his car and planned to work and also drive with his friends to look at the city and its landmark buildings.
Several young boys, including Arslan, 12, and Mishal, 14, said that they had bought bunting, badges and flags to decorate their houses. They planned to celebrate with a special meal at home with relatives, before going into the city streets for dance and music. Some of them had plans to organize celebrations in public parks.