GEA participates in Jeddah Season with dazzling international performances

Jeddah Season will provide a wide array of seasonal job opportunities and volunteer opportunities for young people. (SPA)
Updated 12 June 2019

GEA participates in Jeddah Season with dazzling international performances

  • •Running for 41 days, the events are being held at King Abdullah Sports City, Obhur, Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), Al-Hamra district and Jeddah Waterfront

JEDDAH: The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) is participating in the Jeddah Season through a rich array of events, with international entertainments to suit all ages.

The events will take place at five main locations in Jeddah between June 8 and July 18.

GEA’s Jeddah Season encompasses 30 events designed to meet the expectations of entertainment enthusiasts of all tastes and preferences, and to position Jeddah as one of the prime entertainment destinations in the Kingdom.

The Jeddah Season will launch today in Obhur with dazzling fireworks. A series of musical concerts will be organized at the indoor hall in King Abdullah Sports City, featuring Arab stars including Ahlam on June 8, Mohammed Abdu on June 9, and Amr Diab on June 10. There will also be live performances and talent shows in malls within the “XJED” region, as well as a wide selection of family restaurants, cafes, and shopping centers.

Obhur will also witness a car parade and Mobile Theme Park activity featuring carnival and arcade games, in addition to events including Circus 1903, which will present acrobatic and musical performances, a theatrical performance with fire and water shows, and theatrical plays including “Three Days in Sahel” starring Mohammed Hineidi, “King Lear” starring Yahya Fakhrani, and “Kulaha Ghalat.”

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PHOTOS: AL-BALAD JEDDAH SEASON

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The waterfront will also feature a magical performance titled “Stories of Pain and Hope” presented by baroque music genius Antonia Vivaldi and his international orchestra, where music will be combined with a 3D cartoon show. Moreover, King Abdullah Sports City will witness a concert by the famous Korean Band “Super Junior.”

Children will also get their fair share of entertainment with a series of cartoon character performances at the Waterfront tent, featuring the “Care Bears” and “Ice Age”. They can enjoy “Sponge Bob” at the Azazia mall, in addition to live performances featuring the characters of “Shimmer and Shine” at the Red Sea Mall and an educational show and exhibition for children and families at Arab Mall.

Furthermore, comedy lovers will be delighted by a selection of comedy show options including the “Laugh Factory”, known as the No. 1 comedy club in America, at the Jeddah Waterfront. Al Shallal Theme Park will also host several comedy shows including “Cinderella” and a stand-up challenge, in addition to performances by comedians Talal Al Sheiki, Mohammed Sultan, Abdulrahman Al Somali, and Abdulkhaleq bin Rafea.

GEA invites residents and visitors in Jeddah to enjoy Jeddah Season’s unforgettable experience, which will enrich their summer vacation and will be complemented by Jeddah’s beautiful scenery and unique location, adding value to a fulfilling and enjoyable time for the entire family.


Djibouti president to give keynote address at virtual launch of Arab News en Français

Updated 14 July 2020

Djibouti president to give keynote address at virtual launch of Arab News en Français

  • French ambassador to Saudi Arabia to inaugurate new digital news site

RIYADH: In an online ceremony linking Riyadh and Paris on France’s National Day, the Middle East’s leading English-language newspaper tonight launches Arab News en Français, its third overseas edition.
The virtual launch of the Arab News en Français website on Bastille Day will take place at 6 p.m. Paris time in the presence of distinguished guests, including guest of honor Ismail Omar Guelleh, president of the French-speaking Republic of Djibouti, who will be delivering a keynote speech.
The newest edition of Arab News will be formally launched in Riyadh by François Gouyette, the French ambassador to Saudi Arabia, who is also attending the virtual event.

Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi, Saudi Arabia’s minister of commerce and investment and acting minister of media, will also give a speech at the ceremony.
Other guests at the launch — which will take place via an exclusive invitation-only Zoom video conference at 7 p.m. Riyadh time, and will be later carried on YouTube and other Arab News social media platforms — will include a large number of Saudi, Arab and French officials, diplomats and journalists.
The launch will also feature a special performance by Sawsan Al-Bahiti, Saudi Arabia’s first professional opera singer, who will sing “La Vie En Rose,” the song popularized by legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf.
Arab News, Saudi Arabia’s first English-language newspaper, was founded in 1975 and this year is celebrating its 45th anniversary.

Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi and François Gouyette.

The launch of Arab News en Français recognizes the growing importance of creating bridges of communication between the Arab world and French-speaking countries.
The new online edition joins two other international digital editions of Arab News, which launched a Pakistan edition in February 2018 and a Japanese one in October 2019.
Tonight’s launch ceremony will introduce Randa Takieddine, the chief Paris correspondent of Arab News en Française, who will take part in the signing of a memorandum of agreement between Arab News and Experience AlUla.
In collaboration with the Paris-based French Agency for AlUla Development (Afalula), the Royal Commission for AlUla is developing the ancient Unesco World Heritage Site of Hegra and its surroundings in the dramatic landscape of western Saudi Arabia as a major international cultural destination.

The first product of the cooperation with Experience AlUla is an Arab News Deep Dive presentation, “The Rebirth of AlUla”, which is available in French
In collaboration with the Paris-based French Agency for AlUla Development (Afalula), the RCU is developing the ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hegra and its surroundings in the dramatic landscape of western Saudi Arabia as a major international cultural destination.
The first product of the cooperation with the RCU is an Arab News Deep Dive presentation, “The Rebirth of AlUla,” which is available in French (http://www.arabnews.fr/Alula/).
Paris was given a glimpse of the treasures of Hegra at the exhibition “AlUla: Wonder of Arabia,” which opened at the Institut du Monde Arabe in the French capital in October 2019.
The launch of the exhibition was attended by Prince Badr, Saudi Arabia’s minister of culture and governor of the RCU, and Franck Riester, the French minister of culture.
Other guests included prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel, who is designing a luxury tourism resort for AlUla as part of a series of developments planned for the region.