Disney brings back 1992 nostalgia in new ‘Aladdin’ trailer

The film also featured snippets of the classic songs. (Screengrab/Walt Disney Studios)
Updated 13 March 2019
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Disney brings back 1992 nostalgia in new ‘Aladdin’ trailer

  • The film will premiere in the US in May
  • Fans are changing their minds about the film, as the new trailer shows more resemblance to the 1992 animated classic

DUBAI: Disney has released the full trailer of its live action adaptation of “Aladdin,” showing more resemblance to the colorful and snappy world of the 1992 animated film.  

The 2-minute trailer of the movie remake features more of the “whole new world” that Disney fans are going to expect once the live-action version hits the cinemas in May – and they seem to have changed their minds about it.

It opens with Canadian actor Mena Massoud as Aladdin in a chase scene at Agrabah, the fictional vibrant desert city where the story takes place, as well as a peek of Aladdin’s sidekick Abu, and of course, Princess Jasmine.

Perhaps the highlight of the new trailer is a more detailed look at Genie, played by actor Will Smith, who seems to have redeemed himself after a teaser, released early this year, showed an “awkward” portrayal of the iconic blue character.

The trailer also features snippets of the classic songs in the film, including “Friend like me” and the classic love ballad “A whole new world.”

What do you think of the new trailer? Do not miss out on the thrill, and watch it here:


Makkah all set for its first flower festival

Sea of flowers at Muzdalifah district in Makkah. (AN Photo by Abdulmohsen Doman)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Makkah all set for its first flower festival

  • A symposium on environmental planning, and the design of green spaces such as parks, gardens and squares will also be held
  • The flower festival continues until March 23

MAKKAH: A carpet of flowers featuring 1 million blooms will be one of the main attractions as Makkah hosts its first flower festival.

The event, which begins on Tuesday at Muzdalifah, has been organized by the city’s municipality in cooperation with the Arab Urban Development Institute and King Saud University. It will be officially opened by Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal.

Raed Samarqandi, the director of the municipality’s department of media and publications, said that the festival is unique and has serious objectives.

“It aims to improve the environment, fight pollution and show an image that suits the value of the city and its holy sites,” he explained. “The festival will coincide with the 20th symposium on afforestation, titled “Suitable afforestation for the environmental conditions of Makkah — the central region and holy sites,” on March 19 and 20.

The symposium will feature representatives of governmental sectors and scientific bodies and include discussion of papers addressing many the issues in the city, such as the state of afforestation in Makkah, the latest techniques in environmental planning, and the design of green spaces such as parks, gardens and squares.

Makkah Mayor Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Quwaihes has invited speakers from the private sector, universities, research centers, and agricultural and afforestation companies to contribute and help raise awareness of these local issues.

The flower festival continues until March 23.