International circuses coming to four Saudi cities

Members of circus troupe ‘Cirque Eloize’ perform their show organized by the Saudi Entertainment Authority in Riyadh. (Reuters/File photo)
Updated 07 June 2019

International circuses coming to four Saudi cities

JEDDAH: For five days straight, Eid Season, under the umbrella of the Saudi Seasons initiative, has brought 80 different events organized by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) to cities across Saudi Arabia.

The GEA has organized a number of special circuses in Riyadh, Dammam, Al-Mubarraz in Al-Ahsa region, and Taif, while coordination with a number of professional performers and entertainers from Africa, Asia and the Americas to put on phenomenal shows.

Many of the circuses staged in the four cities are internationally renowned for quality family entertainment, from old-school clowns to tight rope acrobatic performances, as well as vibrant light shows to please all who attend.

For many, the circus is a fantasy come alive. Returning to Saudi Arabia, Cirque Eloize, a Montreal-based contemporary company, known for combining arts, theater, concert and comedy, is being staged outside Nakheel Mall in Riyadh. Cirque Eloize was last staged during Sharqiah Season in Eastern Province in March of this year, and has seen 4,000 acts perform in over 500 cities in 50 countries across the world. Its return for Eid Season was met with much anticipation due to great reviews from Sharqiah Season.

Riyadh’s Granada Mall will also host Circo Americano for five days starting from the second day of Eid, while residents of Taif will also enjoy performances by the famous African Circus at Radif Park. 

Cirque Du Liban, meanwhile, is bringing back the Hollywood Circus show to the Dammam Sea Front, and is known for its acrobats, live performances and clowns.

Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the GEA, announced last January a new ambitious strategy to position the Kingdom as one of the top entertainment destinations in Asia. The GEA also signed a number of memorandums of understanding with major global and local entertainment companies, to bring famous entertainment events to the country.

 


First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

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First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

  • Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries

Saudi Minister of Transport and Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Dr. Nabeel Al-Amoudi, oversaw the departure of the first 

group of pilgrims under the Eyab initiative on Saturday together with GACA President Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.

Eyab seeks to improve services provided to pilgrims, with the authority aiming to enrich pilgrims’ experience at the Kingdom’s airports. It is expected to benefit 30,000 pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.

Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries, inspected the services available and received a briefing from the initiative’s officials.

GACA started an experimental implementation of Eyab this year, aimed at pilgrims returning to Indonesia, India and Malaysia through Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport and Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Airport.