Open arts market launched in Hayya Jeddah fest

Updated 23 January 2013
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Open arts market launched in Hayya Jeddah fest

An open arts market has been organized as part of the ongoing Hayya Jeddah festival activities and is expected to attract more than half a million visitors, an official of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) said recently.
“The arts market at the beach in the outer square of the Red Sea Mall is expected to attract more than 35,000 visitors daily,” acting Secretary-General of JCCI Hassan Dahlan said in a statement.
More than 100 Saudi artists will participate in the two-week event.
The stalls in the market will cover various art genres including painting, photography, accessory designs, calligraphy and handicrafts, said Dahlan.
The market aims to encourage and support Saudi artists besides giving them an opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in a festive atmosphere, emulating the practice in many Western cities, he said, adding that he expected the souk would be one of the most popular events in the festival.
The market will allocate space for artists to display and familiarize their work to the visitors, as well as encouraging the young artists.
A number of expensive prize draws will also be organized along the sidelines of the art market. The prizes include six cars, cash prizes and thousands of other items at a total cost of SR 2 million, he said.
The Hayya Jeddah festival has already attracted a huge number of visitors and local tourists, who have almost occupied all the hotel rooms and rented apartments in the city and flocked to amusement centers, said Muhammad bin Mansour Al-Saed, director of the Jeddah Marketing Center.
Jeddah Mayor Hani Abu Ras formally inaugurated the festival on behalf of Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed on Jan.14.
The prize draws will take place at prominent malls such as Mall of Arabia, Haifa Mall, Tahliya Mall, Serafi Mega Mall and Jeddah Exhibition Center on different days, a local newspaper reported yesterday.
The festival, which will last until Feb.7, seeks to promote Jeddah as a premier tourism destination for Saudis and Arabs alike.


Revealed: Celebrity lineup who scored an Egypt own goal

Updated 23 June 2018
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Revealed: Celebrity lineup who scored an Egypt own goal

  • The debacle has infuriated ordinary fans who were hoping the World Cup would provide them with some much-needed joy amid the harsh austerity program
  • Before the World Cup, Egypt were tipped to qualify from a group that also includes Uruguay and Saudi Arabia

CAIRO: When a gaggle of Egyptian celebrities, including an outspoken belly dancer, visited the national football team’s hotel ahead of a crunch World Cup match this week, fans back home feared the worst.

Similar visits before big games in the past had led to disappointing results on the pitch, and so it proved yet again. This time Egypt were humbled 3-1 by the host nation Russia — a defeat that sent them crashing out of the tournament.

Before the World Cup, Egypt were tipped to qualify from a group that also includes Uruguay and Saudi Arabia. But after losing 1-0 to Uruguay in their opening fixture, they needed to get something out of their second game on Tuesday.

In a publicity stunt before the match, state-owned telecoms company WE flew the celebrities to the team’s hotel in Saint Petersburg. Among those who made the trip were actors Sherif Mounir and Ahmed Rizk, actress Bosy Shalaby and belly dancer Fifi Abdou, who made headlines recently saying she supported fuel hikes as part of the government’s austerity measures.

The debacle has infuriated ordinary fans who were hoping the World Cup would provide them with some much-needed joy amid the harsh austerity program that has left many people in Cairo struggling to make ends meet.

With their dreams of football glory in tatters, supporters have blamed the publicity-hungry celebrities as well as the underperforming players.

“The scene at the hotel was horrible. It’s true that none of the Egypt players came down to meet them, but their presence in such large numbers was a distraction,” said Ramy Gamal, 30, who was at the hotel at the time.

“All they care about is taking pictures and posting them on social media; they are not even interested in football. We want real fans to get behind the team, not actors and singers.”

Mahmoud El-Hussein, a 47-year-old fan, said: “What WE did was a provocation to all Egyptians. At a time of economic struggle, we see a state-owned company organize a trip for rich people who can afford a hundred trips like that.”