Almost 3.5m people attend Eid events across Saudi Arabia

First day of Eid in the Kingdom was Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 12 June 2019

Almost 3.5m people attend Eid events across Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Almost 3.5 million people attended Eid Al-Fitr events organized by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.

The ministry, which organized 991 events throughout the Kingdom, gave 136,739 gifts to visitors, especially children. It set up thousands of gardens, public parks, squares and beaches to receive citizens and residents, who expressed their appreciation of its efforts.

Field teams were assigned to follow up on the events, which included commemorative, heritage, sports and theatrical activities. Riyadh’s secretariat and its affiliated municipalities organized 266 events, received almost 2 million people and distributed 20,000 gifts to children.

Madinah’s secretariat received 161,840 visitors, who attended 115 events and received 5,600 gifts.

Taif’s secretariat organized 33 events that were attended by 150,042 people, and 3,600 gifts were distributed. Qassim’s secretariat organized 108 events with a turnout of 99,253 visitors who received 43,700 gifts. SPA Riyadh

Al-Baha’s secretariat organized 27 events attended by 92,602 people, with 5,000 gifts distributed to children. The Eastern Province’s secretariat organized 16 events attended by 57,827 people, with more than 6,000 gifts distributed.

In Al-Ahsa, five events were organized and attended by 164,708 people, with children receiving 1,100 gifts. Jazan’s secretariat organized 81 events with a turnout of 45,500 people, who received 5,500 gifts.

The Northern Borders’ secretariat organized 44 events attended by 57,034 people, who received 3,265 gifts. Makkah’s secretariat organized 13 events and received 9,900 people, who received 5,000 gifts. Jeddah’s secretariat organized 13 events attended by 549,961 people, who received more than 18,000 gifts. Several more events were organized by the municipal authorities in different cities across the Kingdom.

 


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.