500 Palestinian pilgrims arrive in Makkah for Hajj

Muslim pilgrims arrive at the Jeddah airport on August 14, 2018, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Makkah. (AFP)
Updated 16 August 2018
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500 Palestinian pilgrims arrive in Makkah for Hajj

JEDDAH: Five hundred Palestinian pilgrims — relatives of those killed by Israeli forces — arrived in Makkah from the occupied West Bank on Thursday.
They were received with flowers, Zamzam water, dates and coffee.
Upon the completion of the reception ceremony, the keys of the rooms, data SIM cards with free calls, and a Hajj kit, were given to the pilgrims.
They thanked King Salman for his support of the Palestinian cause, for hosting them, and for giving them the opportunity to perform Hajj.


Red Bull Air Race takes off in eastern KSA's Sharqiah Season

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Red Bull Air Race takes off in eastern KSA's Sharqiah Season

  • Red Bull Air Show Demo, taking place in Dammam for the first time as part of Sharqiah Season

DAMMAM: Hundreds of Saudis streamed to the Corniche on Thursday afternoon for the opening of the Red Bull Air Show Demo, taking place in Dammam for the first time as part of Sharqiah Season.

French pilot Baptiste Vignes and Swede Daniel Ryfa performed competition maneuvers between 13 “air gates” — 25-meter cones set up in the water — while there was also an aerobatic display, featuring tail slides and rolling turns, high in the skies above the course.

Obadah Al-Sibai and Suhair Nabil were camped out below to see the air demo. “It’s something completely different, unlike anything we’ve ever experienced here in Saudi,” said Al-Sibai.

“The whole of Sharqiah Season has been incredible to see unfold. I can’t believe there’s still more to come,” Nabil added.

The demo, held in collaboration with the General Sports Authority (GSA), is taking place for three days over the weekend on Dammam’s northern waterfront as a prelude to the 2019 season finale, that will be held in the Kingdom in November.

Between the demonstration and the aerobatic display, a vast speaker system set up along the Corniche pumped out pop music, from Queen to Drake, whilst children had their faces painted and visitors posed for photos in front of a replica Red Bull plane.

Sharqiah Season, which features over 80 events across Eastern Province cities, is the first of 11 scheduled festivals planned around Saudi Arabia in 2019, organized as a collaborative effort by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage with the GSA, General Entertainment Authority and General Culture Authority.

The second Red Bull event begins at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, with gates open from 1 p.m. Thursday night’s Pitbull concert, meanwhile, has been rescheduled for Friday afternoon in Dammam’s Life Park.