What is the Statue of Liberty doing in Jeddah?

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The installations were part of Jeddah Season, and a program within the festival called ‘Las Fallas,’ taken from the Valencian festival to herald the arrival of spring, that will see the cultures of six nations celebrated. (Photo/Supplied)
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The installations were part of Jeddah Season, and a program within the festival called ‘Las Fallas,’ taken from the Valencian festival to herald the arrival of spring, that will see the cultures of six nations celebrated. (Photo/Supplied)
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The installations were part of Jeddah Season, and a program within the festival called ‘Las Fallas,’ taken from the Valencian festival to herald the arrival of spring, that will see the cultures of six nations celebrated. (Photo/Supplied)
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The installations were part of Jeddah Season, and a program within the festival called ‘Las Fallas,’ taken from the Valencian festival to herald the arrival of spring, that will see the cultures of six nations celebrated. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 08 July 2019

What is the Statue of Liberty doing in Jeddah?

  • The icons were installed just in time for July 4, the national “Independence Day” holiday when Americans celebrate the birth of the US

JEDDAH: On July 3, a replica of the Statue of Liberty, alongside one of Elvis Presley, the Las Vegas welcome sign and the Hollywood sign, appeared on the Jeddah Waterfront.
The installations were part of Jeddah Season, and a program within the festival called “Las Fallas,” taken from the Valencian festival to herald the arrival of spring, that will see the cultures of six nations celebrated.
The icons were installed just in time for July 4, the national “Independence Day” holiday when Americans celebrate the birth of the US. It also heralded the arrival of the US segment of the “Las Fallas” festivities.
As well as the installations, popular music and dancing were also showcased, with dance shows by troupes performing to songs by the likes of Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Elvis. 

Acrobatic basketball
Following the dancing, a team of boys specializing in acrobatic basketball, the “Face Team,” performed, using trampolines to score baskets involving flips and tricks of increasing complexity.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

• The icons were installed just in time for July 4, the national ‘Independence Day’ holiday when Americans celebrate the birth of the US.

• As well as the installations, popular music and dancing were also showcased, with dance shows by troupes performing to songs by the likes of Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Elvis.

They interacted with the audience, even calling children up to participate on the stage, helping them to jump from the trampoline to the basket, and teaching them to spin basketballs on their fingers.
Balazs Doborhegyi, “Face Team” operations manager, told Arab News: “The audience here was amazing, they reacted to the performances and if the team asked them to clap or make noise, they gave us double.”
He jokingly added: “The weather is a bit humid for us though.”


Umrah Forum and Exhibition kicks off on Monday

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal. (SPA)
Updated 26 August 2019

Umrah Forum and Exhibition kicks off on Monday

  • The exhibition is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors

JEDDAH: The Umrah Forum and Exhibition, organized by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, will commence on Monday in Jeddah under the sponsorship of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal.
The event will last for three days at the Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Center.
Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Abdul Fattah Mashat said that the Umrah Forum and Exhibition will hold more than 22 workshops and training seminars carried out by pilgrim services experts. 160 companies and service operators in the sector will showcase their latest innovations and products offered to worshippers.
Mashat added that the Umrah Forum and Exhibition will involve partnership agreements between providers of logistic services and Umrah service companies.
He said that the event aims to meet the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan by providing the best services to pilgrims.
The exhibition is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors.