At Janadriyah, two brothers transport visitors to a nostalgic past

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The brothers recreated a portrayal of life in the 1970s. (SPA)
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The brothers recreated a portrayal of life in the 1970s. (SPA)
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The brothers recreated a portrayal of life in the 1970s. (SPA)
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The brothers recreated a portrayal of life in the 1970s. (SPA)
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The brothers recreated a portrayal of life in the 1970s. (SPA)
Updated 09 January 2019
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At Janadriyah, two brothers transport visitors to a nostalgic past

  • Reflecting on the slower pace of life in the 1970s, the brothers chatted with festival visitors and read out newspaper articles from the era

JEDDAH: Two brothers took hundreds of visitors on a nostalgic journey back to 1970s Saudi Arabia at this year’s Janadriyah festival.

Mohammed Al-Mebred, 24, and his 21-year-old brother Abdullah, put on a display recreating life in a typical Saudi household during that decade.

The young Saudis, from the city of Al-Kharj, had gathered together old school books, a radio, television, games and other items for their authentic portrayal of life in the 1970s.

They also staged some play acting based on their 1970s theme to entertain visitors at the popular national heritage and cultural festival, now in its 33rd year.

Reflecting on the slower pace of life in the 1970s, the brothers chatted with festival visitors and read out newspaper articles from the era.

They also screened shows from the 1970s on an original TV set, including the Kuwaiti comedy series Khalty Gmasha. Vintage speakers were used to play the music of Saudi singers Eisa Al-Ehsaei, Basheer Shannan and Fahad bin Saeed. 


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

Updated 17 January 2019
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Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”