Riyadh to host Korea-Arab cultural jamboree

A hip-hop inspired dance to be performed in Riyadh on Sunday. (AN photo)
Updated 14 October 2018

Riyadh to host Korea-Arab cultural jamboree

  • The program of activities is geared toward children and young people

RIYADH: The Korea-Arab Friendship Caravan will arrive in Riyadh on Sunday. The touring event, a major cultural jamboree organized by the Seoul-based Korea-Arab Society, will feature a feast of traditional Korean entertainment, including music and dance.

“Inspired by the old tradition of the caravans that connected the West and the East through the Silk Road, the Korea-Arab Society has been organizing a cultural caravan that tours Middle Eastern countries to promote mutual understanding and communication between Korea and the Arab world,” said South Korean Ambassador Jo Byung-Wook.

“The cultural caravan comes to Riyadh this year with more than 30 Korean artists who will stage a variety of cultural performances, including dance and Korean music.”

The program of activities is geared toward children and young people, he said. It includes performances of Gugak, the traditional Korean national music, which has been performed for generations and traces the history and culture of Korea. 

Other highlights include performances of Samdo Seoljanggu and Janggu percussion-style music, which will feature slow and fast rhythms that showcase both harmonization and individualism, and Yeonheungmu, which is based on a traditional form of dance that uses improvization to tell a story about women enjoying a sunny spring day.

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.


• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.