Saudi Commission on Tourism and Heritage chief on official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina 

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Bosnia and Herzegovina leader Bakir Izetbegovic meets with Prince Sultan bin Salman at the State Presidency office in Sarajevo on July 16, 2018. (SPA)
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Bosnia and Herzegovina leader Bakir Izetbegovic meets with Prince Sultan bin Salman at the State Presidency office in Sarajevo on July 16, 2018. (SPA)
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Bosnia and Herzegovina leader Bakir Izetbegovic showing pictures to Prince Sultan bin Salman at the State Presidency office in Sarajevo on July 16, 2018. (SPA)
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Bosnia and Herzegovina leader Bakir Izetbegovic welcomes Prince Sultan bin Salman in Sarajevo on July 16, 2018. (SPA)
Updated 17 July 2018

Saudi Commission on Tourism and Heritage chief on official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina 

JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), expressed King Salman’s sincere greetings to the people and the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

He visited the Balkan state upon the instructions of King Salman, who is keen to bolster ties with the country and open new horizons of cooperation between both states.

Prince Sultan was received by the chairman of the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegovic, at his office in the capital, Sarajevo. 

Izetbegovic expressed personal appreciation, as well as that of his government, for the role of the Kingdom in assisting his country overcome difficult post-war situations and start rebuilding the nation through political and economic stability and development. 

He lauded the pivotal role played by King Salman at that stage, making him an exceptional personality to the Bosnian people.

Izetbegovic said he is going forward to further enhance fraternal in all humanitarian fields and contacts at the people-to-people and legacy levels, which is parallel or even surpasses the importance of enhancing economic relations, now seen as steadily proceeding.

Later, Prince Sultan met Bosnian Minister of Civil Affairs Adil Osmanovic, and they reviewed the cooperation fields between the two countries in all fields.


Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

Updated 25 January 2020

Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

ALULA: British band Jamiroquai thrilled a delighted audience at Maraya Concert Hall in Saudi Arabia on Friday night during a show packed with hits.

In a first for a venue more used to hosting opera and classical concerts, the British funk/acid jazz outfit had fans dancing along to the music.

The show, at the distinctive, mirror-covered concert hall in historic AlUla, was part of the second Winter at Tantora festival. It opened with “Shake It On,” followed by the hit singles “Little L,” “Alright,” and “Space Cowboy.” By this time the crowd was well and truly warmed up, and “Use the Force” got them on their feet.

“The song seemed to resonate with everyone” Jay Kay told Arab News in an exclusive interview after the show.

During the gig, Kay dedicated the 2002 song “Corner of the Earth” to AlUla, which he described as a “magical and wonderful place, which is absolutely stunning.” The opportunity to perform there was “an honor and privilege” he added. He also thanked “Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for his vision, and Prince Badr for making this happen and the great hospitality.”

After a further selection of singles and album tracks, the show ended on a high with a quartet of hits — “Cosmic Girl,” “Virtual Insanity,” “Canned Heat” and “Lovefoolosophy.”

Kay praised the Maraya Concert Hall as “a brilliant place to play.” He admitted that initially he was a little worried when he saw it because he was under the impression it would be an outdoor venue. However, any concerns he had were gone by the time the first sound check was done.

“I was transported into a completely different world; the acoustics were unbelievable, like being in a German concert hall,” he said. “It is obviously very well thought out and that’s what makes it so good. The sound was fabulous — I never looked at my sound guy once.”

Jamiroquai’s music videos often feature Kay in super cars, of which he owns many, and he revealed that he would love to shoot such a promo in AlUla.

“In reality, I’m desperate to get in one of the dune buggies, and would kill to have a (Ariel) Nomad and have a go in one in AlUla, where it’s supposed to be driven, for a day or five and dune bash, which is such a rare thing for us in England,” he said.

The singer also said he wants to bring his family to AlUla, which has become a hub for culture and creativity in Saudi Arabia.

“I would like to come out with my family and my youngest, who is called Talula, so hopefully we can have Talula come to AlUla, which would be wonderful,” said Kay.

He added that he was looking forward to exploring the area on Saturday, before leaving the country, but added: “I’m sure you can never have enough time to see everything there is to see.”