VOX Cinemas’ first public screening in Kingdom supports people with Alzheimer’s disease

Vox Cinemas City Center in Fujairah, UAE. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated 28 February 2018

VOX Cinemas’ first public screening in Kingdom supports people with Alzheimer’s disease

RIYADH: UAE based VOX Cinemas will make its first screenings to the public in Saudi Arabia this week with a program that aims to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease within the Gulf Cooperation Council region.
Showing from March 1-3 at Digital City in Riyadh, the screenings will support the Alzheimer’s Disease Association’s ‘Mzwalah City’ initiative. The project seeks to identify practical roles that members of the Saudi Alzheimer’s Disease Association can play in the community.
The satirical Saudi cartoon Masameer from Saudi film producers Myrkott will be screened as well as content from fellow local producer Telfaz Company.
Entrance fees for the event will be donated to the Mzwalah City project.
Mohamed Al Hashemi, Business Development Director at Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, the leisure and entertainment company that owns and operates VOX Cinemas, said: “Saudi Alzheimer’s Disease Association does incredible work, I can think of no better way for VOX Cinemas to introduce itself to Saudi Arabia than to help shine a light on this important social topic.”
VOX Cinemas, with 29 cinema complexes and 294 screens across the Middle East and North Africa, is the region’s largest and most rapidly growing cinema chain.


US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

Updated 20 February 2020

US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

  • Consul General Rachna Korhonen: I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are
  • Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year

DHAHRAN: The US Consulate General in Dhahran hosted its 2020 National Day reception on Feb. 19 to celebrate 244 years of American Independence, and the 75th anniversary of the historic meeting between US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Saudi King Abdul Aziz aboard the USS Quincy.

Consul General Rachna Korhonen and her husband Juha Korhonen welcomed the deputy governor of the Eastern Province, Khalid Al-Battal, and deputy governor of Alkhobar, Abdullah bin Ali Al-Seef, as the guests of honor.

Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year.

“Seventy-five years ago, two great leaders met aboard the USS Quincy. President Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz met to chart the future of our bilateral ties. This first encounter between a US president and a Saudi King laid the foundation for the broad strategic partnership the US and Saudi Arabia share today. Beyond partnership, President Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz forged a personal friendship that is at the heart of the strong ties our two countries share today,” said Korhonen.

She added: “As the first woman to be consul general here, it has been an exciting journey for me. I arrived to Dhahran in August 2017, to a country undergoing remarkable changes.  Vision 2030 has opened new possibilities, tourism opportunities are growing, women are driving and attending sporting events. I have said this many times and it is still true: I have the best job in the best place at the best time.

“Most of all, I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya (Eastern Province) who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are. I have made friendships that I know are going to last me a lifetime. When I leave here this summer, I will certainly leave a piece of my heart here but I also plan to take a little piece of your heart with me.”