Saudi Cabinet welcomes IRGC terrorist designation by US

A session of the Saudi cabinet, chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, on Tuesday backed a US decision to classify Iran’s Islamic Republican Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization. (SPA)
Updated 10 April 2019

Saudi Cabinet welcomes IRGC terrorist designation by US

  • Minister of Information Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabana said that the council backed the announcement
  • Reiterated need for international community to take firm stance against IRGC role

RIYADH: The Saudi cabinet, in a session chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, has welcomed a US decision to classify Iran’s Islamic Republican Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency, Minister of Information Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabana said that the council welcomed the announcement and view it as a “serious and practical step” in countering terrorism.

The cabinet also reiterated the need for the international community to take a firm stance against the role played by the IRGC in undermining international peace and security.

Also during the cabinet session, the king briefed the council on his recent trip to Bahrain and his meeting with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa as well as correspondence he received from King Abdullah II of Jordan.

The recent visit of a high-ranking Saudi delegation to Iraq was also discussed, with the outcome of a meeting held in Baghdad by the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council and King Salman’s pledge of $1 billion to Iraq for various projects were on the agenda.


Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

Updated 18 October 2019

Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

  • The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date

RIYADH: More than 1,500 performers and 25 floats took part in a parade and carnival on Thursday night that officially launched Riyadh Season’s Boulevard zone. The crowds that gathered for the fun-packed event were also treated to motorcycle displays, fireworks and other surprises.

The Boulevard lit up at 9 p.m. for the start of the 90-minute event, which featured some of the international artists who will perform as part of Riyadh Season. Afterwards, the zone’s food and drink outlets, outdoor cinema and fountain shows officially opened.

The audience watched the parade, performances and displays from specially constructed stands. Food trucks offered a selection of tasty snacks, and organizers also provided prayer rooms, toilets, first-aid stations and other facilities.



In addition to the opening-night festivities, the Boulevard zone, which covers 400,000 square meters, will host a wide range of entertainment options and activities for all ages, including the outdoor cinema, restaurants, and sports, music and theatrical events. It has three main venues: The 22,000-seat Mohammed Abdu Theater, the 6,000-seat Abu Bakr Salem Theater, and the 2,000-seat Baker Al-Sheddi Theater.

The parade is just one of more than 100 events featuring local, regional and international performers taking place during the Riyadh Season festival, which continues until mid-December at 12 zones across the city: the Boulevard; the Front; Riyadh Car Show; Winter Wonderland; Riyadh Stadiums; the Diplomatic Quarter; Al-Muraba’a; Al-Malaz; Wadi Namar; Nabd Al-Riyadh; Riyadh Safari; and Riyadh Sahara. It has been organized with the support of Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority and president of Riyadh Season.

The audience watched the parade from specially built stands. (Supplied)

 

The ambitious 2019 Saudi Seasons initiative, the first of its kind in the region, was launched in February and includes 11 local seasons covering most parts of the Kingdom. Designed to promote the fledgling Saudi entertainment sector and boost tourism, it is attracting some of the biggest names in world entertainment.

The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date. It follows a folklore parade at the Mawtni (My Nation) cultural event in Yanbu to mark Saudi National Day this year, and a parade during the Jeddah Season festivities in the city’s Obhur district.