Saudi Cabinet welcomes creation of supreme council with Algeria

King Salman chairs the weekly Cabinet session at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 05 December 2018
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Saudi Cabinet welcomes creation of supreme council with Algeria

  • The ministers lauded the crown prince’s meetings with world leaders at the G20 summit

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday reviewed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s tour of Arab countries and the Kingdom’s participation at the G20 Summit in Argentina.
The Cabinet welcomed the Kingdom’s decision to host the G20 summit in 2020. It also welcomed the agreement between Saudi Arabia and Algeria to establish a supreme council to enhance cooperation in politics, security, anti-terror activities, the economy and culture.
The ministers lauded the crown prince’s meetings with world leaders at the G20 summit.
The Cabinet reviewed regional and global developments and approved a number of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with several countries on various issues.
The ministers approved the extension of an agreement between Saudi Arabia and France to avoid double taxation on income and inheritance etc.
The Cabinet also approved an MoU between the Saudi National Anti-Corruption Commission and the International Anti-Corruption Academy and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.


King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias performs at the launch of a three-day festival of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday in Ad Diriyah, near Riyadh. (Twitter)
Updated 14 December 2018
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King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

  • Enrique Iglesias took the stage in an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah
  • The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical

RIYADH: Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias launched a three-day festival  of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday with a stunning concert at an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah.

The king of Latin pop took the stage by storm and stole the hearts of thousands in the crowd, whose screams could be heard from a long way away. “I love you Enrique,” a group of girls in the audience shouted.

As he waved his hand back and forth in the air, the crowd started doing the same while jumping up and down. The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical. 

No theatrics were excluded as displays of fireworks and lasers wowed the audience. The singer asked the crowd if they spoke Spanish, and everyone screamed “Yes.”

While stage smoke poured into the arena a female performer sang a duet with Iglesias, who then delighted the crowd with some impromptu salsa dancing in front of the stage.

Fans waved their uplifted phones with their screens and flashes along with the music, while others tried to capture the performance.

“You can run, you can hide but you can’t escape my love,” sang Iglesias while the crowd screamed.

Earlier the R&B singer, songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo persuaded the crowd to put on their dancing shoes with an energetic set.

“Saudi, whassup! This is a dream come true for me! Since we are in Saudi Arabia I want to do things a little different,” he told the audience. He said his mother taught him to never visit empty handed, so his gift to Saudi Arabia was the debut performance of a new song.

Thursday’s entertainment will be followed on Friday by shows from Arab music star Amr Diab and the Black Eyed Peas. The climax of the festival comes on Saturday with the Saudia Ad Diriyah Formula E Grand Prix motor race, followed by headline performances by OneRepublic and the megastar DJ/producer David Guetta.