Two Holy Mosques chief honored in event marking end of Hajj season

The Chief of the General Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques, Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, at the event. (SPA)
Updated 10 September 2018
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Two Holy Mosques chief honored in event marking end of Hajj season

JEDDAH: The Chief of the General Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques, Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, was honored during an event to mark the occasion of the end of his Hajj season.

Al-Sudais praised all the efforts that contributed to the success of the Hajj season, lauding the officials who did their best to take care of the pilgrims and their needs during their stay in the holy cities. 

He praised King Salman and the crown prince for their support. He also thanked the security officers for their efforts, which reflect the bright image of the sons of the soil. 

He especially expressed his appreciation to the media for highlighting the efforts exerted to serve the Two Holy Mosques.

Speaking at the event, Brig. Abdullah bin Eid Al-Qurashi, director general of Civil Defense, applauded the role played by various institutions for serving the guests of God during this Hajj.

On Sunday, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, said during a meeting with the heads of consular missions in Jeddah that Saudi Arabia would do its utmost to serve pilgrims. The government would ensure they enjoy more comfortable and easier Hajj and Umrah trips, he said.

He said King Salman has established the Royal Commission for Makkah and the Holy Places, chaired by the crown prince, to facilitate Hajj and Umrah procedures and develop the holy places.


Massive Saudi response overwhelms German musicians

German artists perform at Goethe-Institut in Riyadh on Tuesday night. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 13 December 2018
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Massive Saudi response overwhelms German musicians

  • German Ambassador Jorg Ranau hosted a concert at his residence in the diplomatic quarter

RIYADH: German musicians on tour in Saudi Arabia said they were “astonished” by the response to their concerts.
The artists played six gigs over 10 days at multiple venues.
On Tuesday evening in Riyadh the Goethe-Institut hosted Birgit Erichson and Vasil Laghidze, who performed Schubert’s “Winter Journey.”
The lyrics, by Wilhelm Müller, were recited in German by Claudia Ziegeler and — in a world premiere — in Arabic by the Saudi poet Dr. Adel Khamees Alzhrani.
“We are astonished at how the audience in Riyadh and Jeddah responded,” said pianist Laghidze. “We got overwhelming support from music lovers. The audience here is very enthusiastic.”
On Monday German Ambassador Jorg Ranau hosted a concert at his residence in the diplomatic quarter.
Laghidze and cellist Erichson were joined by violinist Ulrich Beetz, with the trio delighting a national and international gathering with music from Haydn, Schubert and Dvorak.
An embassy press officer told Arab News the musicians were well-received amid “thunderous applause.”
The French Consul General El-Mostafa Mihraje hosted the trio’s performance of an all-Debussy concert, including the famous Clair de Lune, played under the stars.
Other venues for the visiting artists included the German diplomatic missions in Riyadh and Jeddah, the French Consulate General in Jeddah and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a research institute in Thuwal.