Jeddah festival event attracts 18,000 visitors

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Updated 28 July 2015

Jeddah festival event attracts 18,000 visitors

JEDDAH: Jeddah has now witnessed two international circuses with the Italian Belucci Circus witnessing more than 18,000 visitors of different nationalities in past 10 days starting July 18 with the beginning of the 36th Jeddah festival.
The Italian Belucci Circus, with daring acrobatics, gymnastics, jugglers, a ring of death, balancing acts, dances of Argentina, acrobatic acts from Mongolia, a human pyramid from Columbia, the human canon and clown shows with 50 internationally acclaimed artists, linked satirical literature of ancient times with modern times and global culture.
The golden age of the circus began around the year 1870 and after that the circus around the world was a place where people expect amusement and laughter.
The small tents around the big tent of the main circus offer glimpses of different things such as the fire-breather, jugglers, the lion cage and animals used in the circus, and gives us the opportunity to learn about others’ lives.
Muna Rihan, a social worker said the world today is so miserable and sad that people need a laugh every now and then; laughing is a treatment to release tension.
The circus, and its acrobats and clowns let the audience forget their problems for a while, but that short amount of time is very important in life.
She also said that the existence of the international circus in Jeddah reflects the culture of other countries of the world and gives a chance to the people of Jeddah to experience these cultures.
Rana Riri, a businesswoman, also said that Arab communities need a great laugh at this moment and jugglers and jokers do it very well at the circus.
Christian Bellucci, the proprietor of the circus, said that holding the international circus in Saudi Arabia is a great opportunity for the Bellucci Circus.
Tickets are available on the spot outside the circus, SR50 for adults and children above six years, and children below six years are free. The first show starts from 9:30 p.m. and second show starts at 11 p.m.

FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018

FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.