Jeddah Entertainment Boulevard, a new concept in having fun during mid-term break

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Updated 16 January 2018

Jeddah Entertainment Boulevard, a new concept in having fun during mid-term break

JEDDAH: Events at the new waterfront in Jeddah continue for the fifth day, organized by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA). The events started Jan. 11 and will continue until Jan. 20.
Admission is free of charge, and activities start from 4 p.m., while the shows start at 6 p.m. and end by 11 p.m.
The big stage held a wonderful violin performance of well-known songs such as “Despacito” and many famous Arabic songs.
While walking through the newly opened Jeddah waterfront area, you will find a variety of 10 different activities such as food trucks, games for children and a circus show.
Huge audiences of all ages enjoyed the show on a fully equipped international stage with a DJ playing hot tunes.
The event includes six stages, and each stage provides a different activity such as the Spanish stage, the sailor’s stage, and the big stage.
Jumana Al-Qurachi, an architecture student from Effat University, told Arab News: “I am really thrilled to be here; I can’t believe that we have such activities in Saudi Arabia — I really cannot believe what am seeing — it is so much fun!”
Amal Al-Thubiti, a 23-year-old psychologist who attended the show, told Arab News: “I am really amazed we have such shows here in Saudi Arabia and am looking forward to concerts here of international stars.”
The events of Jeddah Boulevard are supported by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the GEA; it was organized by Luxury KSA, which has organized 45 events all over the Kingdom.
Mohammed Sindi, one of organizers from Luxury KSA, told Arab News: “The event is held on a one-square-kilometer space that can accommodate 400,000 people. We have over 100 booths, 16 food trucks, break dance shows, Spanish dancing performers and there are 600 organizers to help keep this ongoing event a success; we have police everywhere to make sure everyone is safe.”


Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Athel, deputy governor of the Saudi General Authority for Military Industries

Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Athel
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Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Athel, deputy governor of the Saudi General Authority for Military Industries

Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Athel has been the deputy governor of the Saudi General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) since May 2019.
He was the secretary-general of the GAMI board of directors from November 2017 to October 2018 and was secretary-general and a member of the armaments contracts review committee at the Saudi Ministry of Defense, in Riyadh, between 2017 and 2019.
For more than four years, Al-Athel worked as a project director at both Saudi Arabian Military Industries and the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund.
He has also been a board member at several institutions in Bahrain including Malath Cooperative Insurance Co., the Filing and Packing Materials Manufacturing Co., and Venture Capital Bank.
Al-Athel obtained a bachelor’s degree in finance from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, in Dhahran, and a master’s degree from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.
On Monday, GAMI confirmed that the Kingdom will increase support for scientific research from its military budget to 4 percent during the next 10 years, in order to convey technology, weapons industry and military industries in general.
Talking to Arab News, Al-Athel said that the Kingdom had the world’s third-largest budget allocated to weapons, after the US and China, and was the largest importer of arms.