Huge entertainment boost for Saudi Arabia during GEA chief’s visit to London

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The MoUs were signed following a visit to London by General Entertainment Authority Chairman Mr. Turki Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
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The MoUs were signed following a visit to London by General Entertainment Authority Chairman Mr. Turki Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
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The MoUs were signed following a visit to London by General Entertainment Authority Chairman Mr. Turki Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
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The MoUs were signed following a visit to London by General Entertainment Authority Chairman Mr. Turki Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
Updated 07 February 2019
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Huge entertainment boost for Saudi Arabia during GEA chief’s visit to London

  • A number of entertainment events are heading to the Kingdom

JEDDAH: A host of international stage shows, musicals, festivals, TV shows, open-air cinema events and other attractions are heading to the Kingdom.
It follows a visit to London by General Entertainment Authority Chairman Mr. Turki Al-Sheikh, during which he signed memorandums of understanding with a wide range of producers and promoters as part of the efforts to enrich and diversify the entertainment industry in Saudi Arabia, and attract prestigious international productions and events.
Promoter Flying Music plans to present a number of theater shows, including a production of the West End musical “Thriller,” featuring the songs of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. Fans of magic have a double bill to look forward to: acclaimed British magician Dynamo will bring his bag of tricks to the Kingdom for a live show, while The Works Entertainment company will stage its world-famous show “The Illusionists,” a theatrical experience featuring a varied cast of conjurers. Movie buffs, meanwhile, can look forward to a number of open-air cinema screenings presented by Luna Cinema.
Award-winning science and cultural-heritage organization 1001 Inventions will organize a series of mobile educational exhibitions, and during Ramadan Design Lab Experience will provide entertainment tents in a number of regions. TeamPartner Three will provide and operate two high-tech mobile theaters and train teams of Saudis to run them. Among the TV industry deals, The History Channel’s “Ultimate Soldier Challenge” will make a local version of the show featuring a group of Saudi soldiers.
A Ferrari Festival will be staged, showcasing the Italian manufacturer's cars. Gaming festival Insomnia plans to establish one of the largest video-game shows in the world in the Kingdom, and a festival dedicated to the Valve Corporation video Game game “Dota2” is also planned. An MoU was also signed with Merlin Entertainment, owner of the famous Madame Tussauds wax museums, and another with IMG to organize the famous Color Run race.


King Faisal Prize: Rewarding services to all of humanity

Updated 26 March 2019
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King Faisal Prize: Rewarding services to all of humanity

RIYADH: Prince Turki Al-Faisal’s father, the late King Faisal, was a beacon of aspiration and hope. 

During his reign, the first girls’ schools were introduced, and he focused on educating the Saudi population as a whole to promote peace. 

The King Faisal Foundation was founded by King Faisal’s sons and daughters to commemorate his memory and vision. 

The significance of the annual King Faisal Prize (KFP) dates back to when a reporter asked him how he saw Saudi Arabia in 50 years’ time. 

The king responded: “I see Saudi Arabia in 50 years’ time as a wellspring of radiance for humanity.” 

The root of the foundation and the prize stems from his vision for all of humanity: Peace through education.

“The prize was established by the King Faisal Foundation soon after the foundation was formed,” Prince Turki told Arab News.

“It carries the message that the welfare of humanity is the primary importance of service to humanity,” he said. 

“The versatility of Islam is celebrating knowledge for all nationalities. As the first verse in the Holy Qur’an was ‘Read,’” Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Subayyil, secretary-general of KFP, told Arab News. 

“This a universal dialogue between all nationalities and scientific fields, which seeks peace through knowledge.” he said.  

The significance of the Prize shows that: “This is the real Islam and this prize in the country of the Two Holy mosques represents that we are trying to observe the teaching of Islam and its implementation through the prize, which is the encouragement of science and introducing knowledge to people,” Al-Subayyil said.