Jeddah’s Al-Jawhara to host Mohammed Abdu on Monday

An outside view of Al-Jawhara Stadium, Jeddah.
Updated 28 January 2017

Jeddah’s Al-Jawhara to host Mohammed Abdu on Monday

JEDDAH: Prominent Saudi star Mohammed Abdu will be performing live in Jeddah on Monday at King Abdullah Sports City — Al-Jawhara starting at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices start at SR350 up to SR2,000 and can be purchased online https://jeddah.platinumlist.net.
The long-awaited concert — the first in nearly seven years — will host two other well-known singers in the Middle East, Rabeh Sager and the Iraqi-Saudi singer Majid Al-Muhandis.
The three artists will be accompanied by the Egyptian orchestra of about 60 musicians led by maestro Walid Fayed who said in a tweet that he is “proud to accompany the Artist of Arabs in his concerts.”
The musical evening, organized by Rotana, is expected to draw over 8,000 spectators.
Rotana CEO Salim Al-Hindi was keen throughout the past few days to follow up all the preparations to offer an outstanding evening worthy of the return of musical concerts to Jeddah, and also worthy of the Saudi public that is thirsting for such evenings.
In past years, Jeddah featured live concerts held during summer festivals before they completely stopped for more than seven years, where they have been held in closed stadiums, Jeddah’s International Exhibition and Convention Center and private wedding halls with the participation of many leading singers from Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and Yemen.
Mohammed Abdu, dubbed the Artist of Arabs, launched his masterpiece “Al-Amaken” in 2005 for the first time from the city of Jeddah during a memorable concert at the Jeddah Festival.
Abdu was set to perform live at the King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh during Eid festivities but it was later canceled.


US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

Updated 25 February 2020

US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

  • The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom
  • Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Monday said Saudi Arabia was an "important strategic partner" and paid tribute to the "historical relations" between the two countries.

The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom during a tour of Middle East and African countries last week.

The State Department added that Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and said the US-Saudi Arabia relationship was a "distinct" one that went beyond confronting Iran.

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It also said that the situation in Syria was "catastrophic," while calling on Russia and Iran to do more to protect civilians and saying there was no military solution to the conflict in the country.

The department also spoke about the situation in Iraq, saying the Iraqi Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, must include the Kurds and Sunnis in the formation of a government.

The US said that Iran was responsible for aggression against its interests in Iraq and said it would prevent Iraqi militias from attacking the Green Zone.