SCTH, MBC sign deal to organize Souq Okaz opening ceremony

SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman signed an agreement with MBC Group to organize the opening ceremony of the 12th Souq Okaz festival in Taif.
Updated 21 June 2018

SCTH, MBC sign deal to organize Souq Okaz opening ceremony

  • The festival will begin on June 27 and conclude on July 13.
  • The performances will employ the latest visual and creative technologies, and will focus on capturing Taif’s rich culture.

JEDDAH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) signed an agreement with MBC Group to organize the opening ceremony of the 12th Souq Okaz festival in Taif.
The festival will begin on June 27 under the patronage of King Salman and SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman.
The event will also be attended by Taif Gov. Saad Al-Maimouni, Taif University President Husam Zaman, General Authority for Culture CEO Ahmed Al-Mazeed, and members of the souq’s supervisory committee.
The opening ceremony this year will feature theatrical and cultural performances in the Okaz main theater.
The performances will employ the latest visual and creative technologies, and will focus on capturing Taif’s rich culture.
During the ceremony, plays, poetry readings and songs will be presented by Prince Badr bin Abdulmohsen, with the participation of an elite group of Saudi actors and singers. The event will be broadcast live on MBC and several other TV channels.
The opening ceremony will be repeated at the Okaz theater on Thursday and Friday evening. Attendance during those two evenings is free and open for all. The festival will conclude on July 13.
 


Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

Updated 07 April 2020

Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

  • Minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures

RIYADH: The number of COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia could reach up to 200,000 within a few weeks, according to the Kingdom’s health minister.

Citing four Saudi and international studies on Tuesday, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said the case figure is likely to see a constant increase rather than a decrease, Saudi Press Agency reported.

"Within the next few weeks, studies predict the number of infections will range from a minimum of 10,000 to a maximum of 200,000," Al-Rabiah said.

The minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures to limit the number of infections.

“There is no doubt that our commitment to the instructions and procedures, in its entirety reduces the number of cases to the minimum, while non-compliance will lead to a huge increase in the number of cases,” he said.

“We stand today at a decisive moment as a society in raising our sense of responsibility and contributing together with determination to stop the spread of this pandemic,”

Many people were not taking the dangers of the pandemic seriously enough, according to the health minister, adding that the Kingdom had death with the crisis with full “transparency and clarity.”

The Saudi health ministry also announced on Tuesday that there were a total of 2,795 confirmed cases and the death toll from the virus in the Kingdom had reached 41.

A 24-hour curfew and lockdown has been imposed in the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Al-Hofuf and in the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Last week, King Salman issued a decree which ordered treatment to be available for anyone in need of medical care, including people who have overstayed their visa in the Kingdom.