300 drones light up Jeddah skies to welcome Ramadan

Updated 29 May 2017

300 drones light up Jeddah skies to welcome Ramadan

JEDDAH: The General Authority for Entertainment (GEA) welcomed the holy month of Ramadan late Saturday by using 300 drones to stage a light show high above the skies of Jeddah.
The light show displayed celebratory messages intended to please the residents of the city and Saudi community by providing the most innovative means of entertainment.
The drones rose to the sky with a Ramadan greeting written in Arabic followed by the authority’s emblem displayed with color variations.

WATCH: 300 drones used in Jeddah spectacle welcoming Ramadan

“We displayed the light show hovering above the Jeddah skies, which lasted for over four minutes on the first day of Ramadan as a means to congratulate the residents of the city in one of the most innovative and attractive ways,” said a spokesperson for the authority.
“The state-of-the-art idea was made to be displayed for all to see, a technique of which has not seen the likes of before in the MENA region, lit drones forging beautiful works high above for all to see.”
The light show brought admiration as it attracted the attention of families who were enjoying their time after breaking their fast and relaxing on the Corniche of Al-Hamra.
An Egyptian family noted how the drones were picking up speed in the way they formed the greetings and were happy with the gesture.
“I’ve never seen anything like it, it was a simple yet very friendly gesture and as a resident of Jeddah for five years, this is the first time I’ve seen such a display,” said Mansour Ahmed.
“I’ve heard the (entertainment authority) is doing a remarkable work in providing more entertainment facilities and this proves it.”
The authority announced there would be a number of Ramadan-related events throughout the month in different regions and cities around the Kingdom.
The authority is keen on providing the best entertainment it can offer as per Vision 2030 while using the latest technological methods.


Saudi Arabia will ease COVID-19 lockdown from Thursday

Updated 21 min 39 sec ago

Saudi Arabia will ease COVID-19 lockdown from Thursday

  • Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said the easing will take place in phases
  • Al-Rabiah said the people of the Kingdom had shown a “high amount of responsibility"

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will begin to ease its COVID-19 lockdown from Thursday.

Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said the easing will be done in phases and will depend on reports on the spread of the virus. 

The first phase will begin with expanding capacity to serve "critical patients" and the second phase will include intensifying COVID-19 tests and early detection .

Speaking in a press conference on Monday, the Health Minister said the people of the Kingdom had shown a “high amount of responsibility in practicing social distancing.” 

"After five months since this pandemic have started, where the global health systems faced great difficulties in dealing with it, the society has become today more aware of this virus and implementing the measures of the social distancing, as it is a new experience for all of us," he said in remarks quoted by the Saudi Press Agency. 


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Saudi Arabia reports 9 new COVID-19 deaths


Rabiah said imposing the precautionary measures during an early phase of the pandemic had put the Kingdom in more control of the virus spread.

"We are proud of the Saudi experts in this field who are internationally recognized, and we rely on their experiences in dealing with that virus," he added.  

The minister said that people should continue taking precautionary measures while leaving their homes by using facemasks and hand gloves.

The Health Ministry recorded nine new fatalities and 2,235 new cases of coronavirus in the Kingdom on Monday. The new deaths have increased the virus-related toll in Saudi Arabia to 399 and the total number of confirmed cases to 74,795. 

It also said the number of recoveries has risen to 2,148, raising the total number of recovered cases 45,668.