GEA launches Saudi talent competition with SR20 million prize

Updated 13 July 2019

GEA launches Saudi talent competition with SR20 million prize

  • The program will accept applicants until the end of July before evaluations and nominations start in August.
  • The winners will take home SR20 million ($5.3 million)

JEDDAH: The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) is offering young Saudis a chance to shine with GEA Challenges, a national program to discover talent in Saudi Arabia.

The program will accept applicants until the end of July before evaluations and nominations start in August. The winners will take home SR20 million ($5.3 million).

It hopes to provide training opportunities to the Kingdom’s rising stars to develop them into global artists.

GEA Challenges will cover 20 entertainment categories, including playing instruments and singing, comedy scripts and content, graffiti, animation, films, acting, on-screen fashion, culinary arts, and circus and acrobatic talents. 

In August, GEA Challenges will move on to its second phase, which is evaluation and nomination. This will be followed by talent judging in September and voting, before the winners are announced in October.

Winners will be notified by e-mail and mobile. Prizes will include training programs, tools and resources to enable their professional development.

The applicants are not expected to be professionals in their field. The committee will be taking passion, originality and relevance towards the selected challenge into consideration.

The GEA Challenges is sponsored by the GEA and supervised by Tam Hub, a Saudi media and information sciences company.

A full list of the competition regulations can be found on www.geachallenges.com.


Health Ministry treats 649,690 Hajj pilgrims

The number of participants in serving pilgrims this year reached 30,000 employees of the Ministry of Health. (SPA)
Updated 24 August 2019

Health Ministry treats 649,690 Hajj pilgrims

  • For the first time this year, the ministry used robotic technology for medical consultations, which gave hospitals in Mina remote access to consultants in micro specialties

RIYADH: The Ministry of Health has revealed specialized services provided by its hospitals and health centers in Makkah, Madinah and holy sites for pilgrims during Hajj.
The ministry said that the number of pilgrims who received treatment in hospitals and health centers reached 649,690.
The number of participants in serving pilgrims this year reached 30,000 employees of the Ministry of Health, while 25 hospitals were prepared in Makkah and Madinah, with a total capacity of 5,000 beds.
For the first time this year, the ministry used robotic technology for medical consultations, which gave hospitals in Mina remote access to consultants in micro specialties.