Saudi General Entertainment Authority investigates claims of Kingdom’s ‘first nightclub’ 

A view of the Addmind Hospitality Group's White club in Dubai. The company was reported be seeking to put up a similar club in Jeddah. (Supplied photo)
Updated 14 June 2019

Saudi General Entertainment Authority investigates claims of Kingdom’s ‘first nightclub’ 

JEDDAH: The Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has announced an official probe into an event which took place in the coastal city of Jeddah. 

The investigation was launched after social media videos of the event sparked controversy and raised questions over the nature of the event and the venue. Many social media users, and some regional media outlets, have labeled the event as an opening of a famous nightclub; albeit always insisting that it was not going to serve alcohol. 

In a statement posted on its Twitter account, the Saudi government body announced that: “According to information provided to the GEA, the event (Project X) is in violation of the legal procedures and regulations in force, and has not been authorised by the body," the statement said.

GEA had "originally issued a licence for another event", the statement said. "Its contractor then took advantage of an extension of that licence to commit these serious and unacceptable violations."



Muslim World League chief honored for strengthening ties between Islamic world, Russia

Updated 24 July 2019

Muslim World League chief honored for strengthening ties between Islamic world, Russia


MOSCOW: The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences has awarded the secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, an honorary doctorate in recognition of his efforts to strengthen the relationship between the Islamic world and Russia.

Prof. Vitaly Naumkin, the director of the institute, who represents one of the most well-known academic institutions in the world over the past 200 years, talked about Al-Issa’s career, noting that he has contributed to the promotion of cultural rapprochement among nations through his visits to countries and his connections with different cultures and religions.

Naumkin said that the principles of moderation adopted by the MWL and its secretary-general contributed to the establishment of security in the world, noting that these principles addressed extremism and violence.

The honorary doctorate was given to Al-Issa for his services in the development of Islamic jurisprudence and improving official and popular relations between Russia and the Islamic world, he said.

The MWL secretary-general said that he was proud to receive the honorary doctorate from an institute that is well-known for its dedication and neutrality.

He also praised the Russian Federation’s care for Arab and Islamic culture and its keenness to communicate with the Muslim world, learn its language and understand its culture.

Al-Issa considered the award to be motivation to work on promoting cultural communication and exchange between the Islamic world and Russia.

He said that the institute has contributed to changing the stereotype of Orientalism in the Muslim world and has encouraged cultural communication between nations and peoples.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Russian presidency, the Duma and the Senate, as well as high-ranking diplomats, senior academics of Orientalism, religious leaders and a group of researchers and students.