Lebanese soprano Majida el Roumi graces Saudi ‘Winter at Tantora’ festival tonight

Updated 28 December 2018
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Lebanese soprano Majida el Roumi graces Saudi ‘Winter at Tantora’ festival tonight

  • Lebanese singer tells Arab News she is honored to be part of kingdom’s opening up to the world

AL-ULA: Lebanese singer Majida El-Roumi will make her Saudi Arabian debut when she performs at the Winter at Tantoura festival in Al-Ula on Friday.
The Lebanese star told Arab News that “it is an honor for me to perform in this great global event in Saudi Arabia.
“This is a joyful moment for me to be part of the Kingdom’s welcome to the world. Saudi Arabia is a country that is dear to our hearts. The world is waiting enthusiastically for the Kingdom to open its doors,” she said.
El-Roumi shared an image on her official Twitter account, saying: “To Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia.” Saudis responded enthusiastically, confirming their attendance and sharing her songs.
Archaeological remains stretching back more than 2,000 years and an abundance of natural attractions make Al-Ula one of the world’s greatest undiscovered wonders.
The Winter at Tantoura festival is hosted by residents of Al-Ula and runs from Dec. 20 until Feb. 9, 2019.
During a series of themed weekend events, festival visitors can choose from activities including a celebration of the winter planting season, weekly cultural events, a spectacular equine experience and musical performances from some of the world’s greatest artists.


Pakistan appoints new ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Ambassador Raja Ali Ejaz assumes his new role on Monday. (Supplied)
Updated 25 min 44 sec ago
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Pakistan appoints new ambassador to Saudi Arabia

  • Prior to this appointment he served as the consul general of Pakistan in New York

JEDDAH: Raja Ali Ejaz, a career diplomat, assumed his responsibilities as ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia on Monday. 
Prior to this appointment he served as the consul general of Pakistan in New York. He also served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad as director general (United Nations) from January 2013 to January 2014. 
He previously held the post of director in the Office of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (2004-2006), as desk officer for India (1996-1998) and desk officer for South East Asia and the Pacific (1991-1992). 
He has served at various overseas assignments at the Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul (1992-1996), at the High Commission for Pakistan in London (1998-2001), the Embassy of Pakistan in Bucharest (2001-2004) and the Embassy of Pakistan in Mexico (2006-2012). 
He attended the Civil Service Academy in Lahore from 1990 to 1991.
Ejaz’s appointment to the Kingdom comes at a time when Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are trying to strengthen their diplomatic relations.
The two countries have traditionally enjoyed close military ties. Now, they are also building strong relationship in the areas of finance, commerce and investment.