26 million passengers visit Riyadh airport in 2018

The total number of flights reached in 2018 was 212,632, recording a growth of 1.46 percent compared to 2017 at a daily rate of 583 trips. (Shutterstock)
Updated 20 February 2019

26 million passengers visit Riyadh airport in 2018

  • The total number of flights reached in 2018 was 212,632, recording a growth of 1.46 percent compared to 2017 at a daily rate of 583 trips

JEDDAH: The total number of passengers departing and arriving at King Khalid International Airport exceeded 26 million passengers in 2018, recording a growth rate of 5.53 percent compared to 2017, with a daily rate of 72,932 passengers, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The total number of passengers in 2018 on internal flights increased by 8.39 percent and for those on international flights by 2.21 percent, compared to 2017.
The total number of flights reached in 2018 was 212,632, recording a growth of 1.46 percent compared to 2017 at a daily rate of 583 trips.
The rate of international flights increased by 3.43 percent compared to the same period last year.

 

 


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.