Second bridge to link Kingdom and Bahrain

Updated 07 September 2014
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Second bridge to link Kingdom and Bahrain

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah approved the building of a second bridge between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, according to the Bahraini news agency.
The approval came during a meeting between King Abdullah and Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa in Jeddah on Friday night.
King Abdullah said the bridge will be called the King Hamad Causeway and will link north Bahrain to Saudi Arabia, which will further develop relations between GCC countries in the economic, social and cultural fields.
King Abdullah also launched the first phase of a comprehensive border security project during the meeting. Attendees were briefed on the progress made thus far on the initiative, dubbed the “King Abdullah project for Saudi border security.”
In a statement made upon his arrival, King Hamad said Bahrain supported Saudi efforts to combat terrorism in all shapes and forms.
Interior Minister Mohammed bin Naif also gave a presentation about the border security project.
Almost 3,400 people have been trained for the project by 60 trainers to ensure sustainability of operations. The project includes the establishment of eight command and control centers, as well as 32 response centers along the border. Three teams have been formed for rapid intervention.
In addition, 38 front and rear gates have been fitted with surveillance cameras, as well as 78 towers, of which 38 are communication towers equipped with 50 day- and night-view cameras and 40 are towers equipped with 85 observation platforms, 10 surveillance vehicles and 1.4 million meters of fiber optic network.
A total of 50 radars and five security fences have been installed spanning a total length of 900 km.
This comprehensive equipment has helped in reducing the number of infiltrators, drug smugglers and arms and cattle traffickers to virtually zero.
King Abdullah and King Hamad discussed international developments and events in the Islamic and Arab world, in addition to the stances taken by the two Kingdom vis-a-vis these developments.
The two leaders also discussed achievements made by the GCC and ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries in all fields, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, also hosted a banquet at his palace in honor of the Bahraini king on Friday evening. King Hamad left Jeddah on Saturday.


Sharqiah Season: What to expect this weekend?

Updated 21 March 2019
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Sharqiah Season: What to expect this weekend?

RIYADH: A bumper program of entertainment is being lined up in the Eastern Province for the biggest weekend yet of Sharqiah Season.

Concerts, a film festival, and a spectacular air race are just some of the events due to take place in the region as part of attractions for both Saudis and visitors to the Kingdom.

The action gets underway with the fifth annual Saudi Film Festival taking place from March 21 to 26 at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran.

Organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in Dammam, in partnership with Ithra, the movie fest will honor Saudi and Gulf cinema figures and include 10 training workshops and 10 seminars.

The festival aims to promote opportunities for Saudi talent in the film industry and flicks from the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman will be included among screenings.

All participating films will be shown during the event, and there will be a Golden Palm award for best documentary about a Saudi city and best poster (based on audience voting). A winners’ presentation will take place at the closing ceremony, after which the films will be screened at the Ithra center.

Tickets can be purchased via Ithra’s website, with options for single-day, four-day, and VIP passes.

Meanwhile, the long-awaited Red Bull Air Race demo comes to Dammam from March 21 to 23. The event, organized along with the General Sports Authority, will provide spectators with a warm-up taster for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2019 season finale, to be held in Saudi Arabia in November.

The air-racing competition, developed in 2003 and accredited by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), is billed as “the most advanced aerial challenge in existence.”

Using the fastest, most agile, high-performance race planes, pilots fly just meters from the ground and against the clock to complete an obstacle course full of twists and turns. The air spectacular takes off at Dammam Corniche between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Saturday will also see the highly anticipated Color Run come to the South Alkhobar Corniche. The 5-km dash involves participants being doused with colored powder at the end of every kilometer. Runners start dressed all in white and emerge at the end of the run covered in the colors of the General Entertainment Authority’s logo.

The untimed run takes place between 5 a.m. and noon and rest areas offering refreshments and entertainment will be available between stops.

For concert fans the Asharqiah Music Festival will feature performances by major names at Dammam’s Life Park. US rapper Pitbull and Canadian DJ Deadmau5 will take to the stage on March 21, and March 22 will witness performances by Egyptian vocalist Amr Diab, US-Moroccan rapper French Montana, and American singer Akon.

Lovers of regional music are not left out, with appearances by Assala Nasri and Mutrif Al-Mutrif on March 22, and Nabil Shuail and Hatem Al-Iraqi on March 23, all at the Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Center in Al-Qatif.

Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment planned for 2019, will run until the end of the month with more than 83 different events scheduled across nine cities in the region.