Irish movie night brings delight to Jeddah’s audience

Caption: The diverse audience holds its breath in anticipation for the movie right before the screening.
Updated 20 February 2018

Irish movie night brings delight to Jeddah’s audience

JEDDAH: The Consulate of Ireland celebrated its annual Irish movie night at the Italian Cultural Center in Jeddah on Monday night.
The event was supported by the Delegation of the European Union in Saudi Arabia and is part of the 12th European Film Festival. These festivals attempt to educate Saudis about different cultures and promote exchanges between Saudi Arabia and European countries.
The film was screened on a moonlit veranda, and attendees enjoyed the film as well as the nice breeze that filled the open space.
“Waking Ned” introduces Saudis to two best friends, Jackie O’Shea, played by Ian Bannen, and Michael O’Sullivan, played by David Kelly, as they chance upon someone in their village who has won the lottery and they want in on the cash. When the lottery winner dies from shock, the entire village rounds up to convince an inspector that O’Sullivan is the deceased to split the reward.
“We chose this movie, as opposed to last year’s horror film because we wanted to break routine. Everyone’s joining us after a long day at work and they just want to relax,” the office manager at the consulate, Rodaina Harb, told Arab News.
“We wanted to display Irish culture, it’s beautiful music, the simplicity of their life, and to distinguish it, as most Saudis believe it to be a part of Britain, when it’s its own country. in fact,” she added.
Fatima Mazin, a female in attendance told Arab News: “I thought the movie was hilarious, and the fact that the people put their wits together to fool someone and get that much money was very amusing.”
Turki Qalye attended the event with his sister. “I love coming to movie nights and enjoy every genre but horror. We’re both looking forward to cinemas reopening so we can enjoy this more often.”


Saudi government agencies discuss Hajj 2020 plan

Updated 19 February 2020

Saudi government agencies discuss Hajj 2020 plan

  • Several security entities involved in the Hajj system attended the meeting, where they discussed the 2019 Hajj season and addressed its biggest challenges
  • The team reviewed the pilgrims grouping system and modern techniques to expand communication and cooperation with the relevant authorities

MAKKAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah hosted on Tuesday the first meeting of a joint work team in charge of supervising the pilgrims grouping system.
Several security entities involved in the Hajj system attended the meeting, where they discussed the 2019 Hajj season and addressed its biggest challenges.
The meeting, which was chaired by the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for Hajj affairs, Hussein bin Nasser Al-Sharif, stressed the importance of joint efforts to serve and facilitate the pilgrims’ journey and to live up to the leadership’s aspirations.
The team reviewed the pilgrims grouping system and modern techniques to expand communication and cooperation with the relevant authorities.
It also considered the development of interactive platforms to exchange ideas for making the Hajj plans a success.
The first joint work team meeting was attended by the Ministry of Interior, the Civil Defense, the General Directorate of Traffic, the Emirate Of Makkah Province, the Makkah Region Development Authority, the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites and the Makkah Municipality.