Saudi king, crown prince congratulate Bahrain on National Day

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa in Ad Diriyah on Saturday. (SPA)
Updated 16 December 2018

Saudi king, crown prince congratulate Bahrain on National Day

  • King Salman praised the brotherly ties between the two countries.

JEDDAH: King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday sent cables of congratulations to Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa on the occasion of his country’s National Day.

The king and crown prince wished his health and happiness and further progress for his government and the people of Bahrain.

King Salman praised the brotherly ties between the two countries.

On Friday, Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa arrived in Riyadh on the invitation of the Saudi crown prince to attend the Ad Diriyah E Prix event.

During his recent visit to Bahrain, the Saudi crown prince and Bahrain’s King Hamad inaugurated a new pipeline to connect Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq oil facility in eastern Saudi Arabia and Bapco’s refinery in Bahrain.  


Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

Updated 4 min 20 sec ago

Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

TAIF: It is not unusual for musicians to aim for the stars, but organizers of the Crown Prince Camel Festival in Taif gave the Ukrainian concert pianist Olina Lukashu a head start.

Visitors to the opening entertainment events at King Faisal Garden were treated to the sight and sound of Lukashu performing 5 meters in the air, dressed in a long white gown that reached down to the ground.

“It was decided to put her at the entrance of the garden, all dressed in white to welcome the visitors,” festival spokesman Saleh Al-Anzi told Arab News.

“It is a new idea that was greatly enjoyed by visitors, who admired her rendition of various musical pieces.”

Among the 25 events taking place in conjunction with this year’s festival is a circus presented by five Latin American countries, Al-Anzi said. There is also a free childcare service, mobile food courts, international restaurants and a live broadcasting studio.  “Visitors will be able to ride camels inside the park, and enjoy the handicrafts on display by various artisans,” he said.

Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers, told Arab News the Taif Season was important in terms of generating employment opportunities for young Saudis, and creating tourist projects. “All the events are full of visitors,” he said.

He said 2,000 jobs were provided during the Taif Season, and those who took up the opportunities gained skills and knowledge about the requirements of an audience.

“Saudi culture has changed, and Saudis have become more aware of global challenges and requirements, and the expectations of tourists and other consumers,” he said. “Taif Season has set a high standard.”