Saudi metro tickets for Hajj pilgrims at holy sites available online

Updated 26 August 2017

Saudi metro tickets for Hajj pilgrims at holy sites available online

MAKKAH: The Makkah Region Development Authority on Thursday started selling e-tickets for pilgrims traveling to the holy sites on its website www.mrda.gov.sa.
Tickets are divided into five categories, with a color assigned to each. Purple ticket holders have access to Mina 1, Muzdalifa 1 and Arafat 1 stations; orange ticket holders to Mina 2, Muzdalifa 2 and Arafat 2 stations; blue ticket holders to Mina 3, Muzdalifa 3 and Arafat 3 stations; brown ticket holders to all stations on the days of Tashreeq; and green ticket holders to all stations at any time.
Authority spokesman Jalal Kaaki said everything had been set up to ensure the safe transport of more than 350,000 pilgrims to the holy sites during the Hajj season.
Kaaki added that the Metro has been subjected to several examinations to ensure its readiness to take on the load, and to fix any problems that might occur prior to Hajj.
Several drills have been held for emergency teams in collaboration with the Civil Defense and health and security authorities.


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.