Saudi move ‘could shake world out of complacency’

Updated 06 November 2013

Saudi move ‘could shake world out of complacency’

KUWAIT CITY: Gulf countries and Egypt have applauded the Kingdom’s decision to reject a UN Security Council seat in protest at the world body’s failure to act on issues like Syria and Palestine.
Saudi Arabia turned down a coveted two-year term on the council on Friday in a rare display of anger over the UN “double standard.”
Russia and China have repeatedly blocked resolutions to condemn Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Expressions of support from Gulf countries echoed the Kingdom’s complaints about the Security Council’s failure to end the war in Syria and resolve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
Kuwait shares Riyadh’s pain, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Khaled Al-Jarallah said, citing the “bloody massacres” in Syria and the “suffering of the Palestinian people.” He said the Saudi rejection of a council seat had sent a message to the world.
Plaudits also came from Cairo. “This brave Saudi position is favored with all of Egypt’s respect and appreciation,” Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said in a statement posted on his ministry’s Facebook page.
Qatar suggested the Saudi move could shake the world out of complacency. Addressing his Saudi counterpart, Qatar’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah wrote on Twitter: “When you are angry, you send the world into disarray, so thank you.”


Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

Updated 11 September 2018

Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

  • More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show
  • About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions

MONTREAL: Cirque du Soleil will stage a show in Saudi Arabia for the first time later this month, the high-flying acrobatic troupe announced Monday.
The show will take place in the Saudi capital on Sept. 23 to coincide with the country's national day, public relations director Marie-Helene Lagace told AFP.
More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show, which will also be shown on Saudi state television. Cirque says it will be one of its biggest one-off productions ever.
About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions and conform to "the artistic standards for which we are known," Lagace said.
The announcement of Cirque du Soleil's appearance in Saudi Arabia was first made in Los Angeles in April, Lagace noted. But it was unclear whether the show would go on given the diplomatic tensions.
At the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has reopened movie theaters and allowed women and men to attend some concerts together.