Children star as curtain opens on Eid events in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province

Children participate in fun activities during the event. (SPA)
Updated 07 June 2019

Children star as curtain opens on Eid events in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province

  • The children’s theater attracted a large number of residents and visitors
  • Virtual reality video games were popular with the children

DAMMAM: A children’s theater organized by the Events Fund at Asharqia Chamber on the second day of Eid Al-Fitr in the Eastern Province drew praise from both visitors and residents.

Events held simultaneously at Al-Rashid Mall in Alkhobar and Dareen Mall in Dammam will continue for six days, and will include children’s theater, instant photography, free-hand drawing, smart games and face painting.

The children’s theater attracted a large number of residents and visitors. Some areas were dedicated to children’s amusement, with stage performances to show their talents. The Events Fund offered prizes to children enjoying the events.

Virtual reality video games were popular, with children lining up to take part, while visitors flocked to the face-painting activity’s five dedicated places.

Visitors commended the activities, which were enjoyed by children and people of all ages. Mother-of-two Sarah Al-Roueishid said that she was happy with the time both her children spent in activities, and hoped that the events will be organized again in future. 

At the Green Hall events, which will continue until the fifth day of Eid, the stadium was filled with visitors watching the shows.

The audience booked their seats early to watch international groups, such as Comedy Acrobats, the children’s play “My Little Pony,” Ukrainian group Light Balance, the Lebanese group’s basketball acrobatics and the “Pride of the Earth” show.

The nine-member dance troupe Light Balance presented a number of overlapping and artistic performances as part of an exhilarating show.

Until the fifth day of Eid Al-Fitr, events at the Green Hall will start at 7 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m., while events in Al-Rashid and Dareen malls start at 4 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m. 


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.