International circuses coming to four Saudi cities

Members of circus troupe ‘Cirque Eloize’ perform their show organized by the Saudi Entertainment Authority in Riyadh. (Reuters/File photo)
Updated 07 June 2019

International circuses coming to four Saudi cities

JEDDAH: For five days straight, Eid Season, under the umbrella of the Saudi Seasons initiative, has brought 80 different events organized by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) to cities across Saudi Arabia.

The GEA has organized a number of special circuses in Riyadh, Dammam, Al-Mubarraz in Al-Ahsa region, and Taif, while coordination with a number of professional performers and entertainers from Africa, Asia and the Americas to put on phenomenal shows.

Many of the circuses staged in the four cities are internationally renowned for quality family entertainment, from old-school clowns to tight rope acrobatic performances, as well as vibrant light shows to please all who attend.

For many, the circus is a fantasy come alive. Returning to Saudi Arabia, Cirque Eloize, a Montreal-based contemporary company, known for combining arts, theater, concert and comedy, is being staged outside Nakheel Mall in Riyadh. Cirque Eloize was last staged during Sharqiah Season in Eastern Province in March of this year, and has seen 4,000 acts perform in over 500 cities in 50 countries across the world. Its return for Eid Season was met with much anticipation due to great reviews from Sharqiah Season.

Riyadh’s Granada Mall will also host Circo Americano for five days starting from the second day of Eid, while residents of Taif will also enjoy performances by the famous African Circus at Radif Park. 

Cirque Du Liban, meanwhile, is bringing back the Hollywood Circus show to the Dammam Sea Front, and is known for its acrobats, live performances and clowns.

Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the GEA, announced last January a new ambitious strategy to position the Kingdom as one of the top entertainment destinations in Asia. The GEA also signed a number of memorandums of understanding with major global and local entertainment companies, to bring famous entertainment events to the country.

 


Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

Updated 30 May 2020

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia moved closer to Phase 2 of the gradual relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules, the Ministry of Interior announced precautionary measures and preventive protocols for several sectors to follow.

The preventive protocols, prepared by the Ministry of Health,  covers the period from 8 Shawwal to 28 Shawwal 1441 in the Hijri calendar, corresponding to May 31 to June 20, 2020 in the Gregorian calendar.

A ministry official said the protocols are provided for mosques;  the public; petroleum, petrochemical and gas and other industries; malls and retail centers, home delivery service, among others.

The preventive protocols can be found at: https://covid19awareness.sa/archives/5460.

The MOI urged all citizens, expatriates and concerned authorities "to implement these procedures and abide by their provisions in order to preserve the safety of all".

Also on Saturday, the acting minister of economy and planning, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, said the gradual lifting of the curfew "represents a new stage in the face of the global pandemic crisis and towards a gradual return to economic activities in the Kingdom to its normal levels."
 
"The decisions were taken after continuous coordination between the Ministry of Health and the concerned authorities, relying on a focused plan that seeks to balance between procedures for reopening economic activities and maintaining the stability of health and social conditions," said Jadaan, who is also the Kingdom's minister of finance.

Al-Jadaan highlighted that the government has increased – during the last period through the state’s general budget – spending on urgent and necessary requirements to face the crisis.

It has significantly strengthened the financial allocations for the Health and related services sector.

The government also launched urgent support initiatives to mitigate the impact on the private sector, supporting the economy and to preserve the jobs of citizens in economic establishments, he said in a statement carried by the SPA.