Governor of Makkah lays down foundation stone of Al-Qunfudah Airport

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal lays the foundation stone of Al-Qunfudah Airport on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 09 December 2018
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Governor of Makkah lays down foundation stone of Al-Qunfudah Airport

  • The airport will serve 500,000 passengers annually, and will include three halls, a runway, a road network, a control tower, a car park and service venues

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal laid the foundation stone of Al-Qunfudah Airport on Wednesday. The airport is part of an overall plan to expand the Kingdom’s aviation network and build new airports projected in Vision 2030.

The airport will serve 500,000 passengers annually, and will include three halls, a runway, a road network, a control tower, a car park and service venues.

The airport is expected to serve seven provinces and 50 administrative centers related to three coastal and rural areas: Makkah, Al-Baha and Asir regions.

The Makkah governor said many development projects are being planned for the region. He said the idea of the airport was conceived 10 years ago following which 14 sites were carefully studied for the project.

He had formed a committee to assess the potential site for building an airport in Al-Qunfudah. The committee assessed multiple locations in the city.

The General Authority on Civil Aviation (GACA) determined the proper regulations to ensure air traffic safety, while the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment undertook studies into the climate’s effect on aviation.

The ceremony was attended by top officials. 


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)
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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.