PNU students form largest human flag to celebrate 88th National Day

A large number of PNU students will participate on the 88th National Day to form the largest human flag and reflect the university’s love for the country. (AFP)
Updated 20 September 2018

PNU students form largest human flag to celebrate 88th National Day

  • The three-day event starts on Friday at the PNU sports stadium
  • The event will also discuss the history of Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Under the patronage of Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Princess Nourah bin Abdulrahman University (PNU) has organized the “Seerat Majd 2” event in partnership with Al-Ghad Youth Association to celebrate the 88th Saudi National Day.
The three-day event starts on Friday at the PNU sports stadium under the umbrella of the General Entertainment Authority.
A large number of PNU students will participate on the 88th National Day to form the largest human flag and reflect the university’s love for the country under the rule of King Salman and the vision of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The PNU has offered its students the opportunity to take part in this celebration by sending them an invitation entitled “We Celebrate Our Country,” which takes them to an online portal to register their names.
The online portal was announced through the official social media accounts of PNU and has attracted 4,912 students so far.
The event will also discuss the history of Saudi Arabia, including its unification by the late King Abdul Aziz as well as the efforts of the government to improve the quality of life inside the Kingdom, guarantee its security and prosperity, and secure a good future for the Saudi people.
The event features several activities, including music performances, folkloric dances, and shows that shed light on the Kingdom’s diverse social fabric, in addition to fireworks, skydiving, air shows, car driving, and a view of Saudi Arabia from the space. There will also be food courts and cafes.


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.