King Abdullah, Jordan king discuss regional issues

Updated 08 November 2013

King Abdullah, Jordan king discuss regional issues

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah received at his palace in Jeddah on Monday King Abdallah II of Jordan.
A report by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the two kings discussed developments on Islamic, Arab and international arenas as well as prospects for cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
Also present during the meeting were Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, deputy premier and minister of defense; Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, governor of Makkah region; Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, president of General Intelligence and Secretary General of National Security Council; Prince Mohammed bin Naif, minister of interior; and Prince Mohammed bin Salman, president of the Crown Prince's Court and special adviser to the Crown Prince.
Another SPA report said King Abdullah also received at his palace Sheikh Gen. Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of UAE Armed Forces.
Sheikh Gen. Mohammed was later seen off at the King Abdulaziz International Airport by Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, president of General Intelligence and Secretary General of National Security Council; and a number of officials.


Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

Updated 18 October 2019

Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

  • The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date

RIYADH: More than 1,500 performers and 25 floats took part in a parade and carnival on Thursday night that officially launched Riyadh Season’s Boulevard zone. The crowds that gathered for the fun-packed event were also treated to motorcycle displays, fireworks and other surprises.

The Boulevard lit up at 9 p.m. for the start of the 90-minute event, which featured some of the international artists who will perform as part of Riyadh Season. Afterwards, the zone’s food and drink outlets, outdoor cinema and fountain shows officially opened.

The audience watched the parade, performances and displays from specially constructed stands. Food trucks offered a selection of tasty snacks, and organizers also provided prayer rooms, toilets, first-aid stations and other facilities.



In addition to the opening-night festivities, the Boulevard zone, which covers 400,000 square meters, will host a wide range of entertainment options and activities for all ages, including the outdoor cinema, restaurants, and sports, music and theatrical events. It has three main venues: The 22,000-seat Mohammed Abdu Theater, the 6,000-seat Abu Bakr Salem Theater, and the 2,000-seat Baker Al-Sheddi Theater.

The parade is just one of more than 100 events featuring local, regional and international performers taking place during the Riyadh Season festival, which continues until mid-December at 12 zones across the city: the Boulevard; the Front; Riyadh Car Show; Winter Wonderland; Riyadh Stadiums; the Diplomatic Quarter; Al-Muraba’a; Al-Malaz; Wadi Namar; Nabd Al-Riyadh; Riyadh Safari; and Riyadh Sahara. It has been organized with the support of Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority and president of Riyadh Season.

The audience watched the parade from specially built stands. (Supplied)

 

The ambitious 2019 Saudi Seasons initiative, the first of its kind in the region, was launched in February and includes 11 local seasons covering most parts of the Kingdom. Designed to promote the fledgling Saudi entertainment sector and boost tourism, it is attracting some of the biggest names in world entertainment.

The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date. It follows a folklore parade at the Mawtni (My Nation) cultural event in Yanbu to mark Saudi National Day this year, and a parade during the Jeddah Season festivities in the city’s Obhur district.