Saudi festival lines up comedy show extravaganza

Artists perform at one of the events held as part of the ongoing Jeddah Season activities. (Photo/Twitter)
Updated 12 June 2019

Saudi festival lines up comedy show extravaganza

  • Events to boost tourism, entertainment initiatives

JEDDAH: Visitors to a Saudi festival will be crying tears of laughter after organizers lined up a side-splitting program of comedy events.

The Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has announced a series of shows and acts as part of the ongoing Jeddah Season of activities.

Egyptian comic and actor Mohammed Henedi will kick off a series of comedy events when he stars in a play titled “Three Days on the Coast” being staged at Obhor Bay from June 26 to 29. Another Egyptian funnyman, Ashraf Abdel Baqi, will perform in the “It’s All Wrong” production from July 10 to 13.

The laughs will continue to flow through July 18 at Al-Shallal Theme Park with the Saudi Comedy Club putting on a range of presentations featuring local, Arab and international comedians. These include a stand-up challenge, a “Saudi Cinderella” show, international comedy acts, musical nights, and performances by comics Talal Al-Sheiki, Mohammed Sultan, Abdulrahman Al-Somali, and Abdulkhaleq bin Rafea.

Meanwhile, the Laugh Factory, America’s top chain of comedy clubs, will be running shows organized by XJed at the Jeddah Waterfront from June 23 to July 18.

Further details about the events can be found on the Enjoy Saudi phone app, by visiting Twitter and Instagram @Enjoy_saudi, or by going to the official festival website at and via Twitter @JED_SEASON.

In line with one of the pillars of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan, the GEA aims to organize, develop, and lead the Saudi entertainment sector in providing experiences to suit all tastes, while encouraging and supporting private sector entertainment initiatives.

The authority also works with small- and medium-sized enterprises and foreign investors in the development of the country’s entertainment sector.

The Jeddah Season festival, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, forms part of a major drive to boost tourism in the Kingdom. And in a bid to speed up the application process for visitor passes, anyone purchasing an event ticket online will be issued with an e-visa within three minutes. 

The entertainment program aims to highlight the city as a top visitor destination while at the same time encouraging partnerships with local businesses. Organizers also hope to generate up to 20,000 job and volunteering opportunities for young Saudis throughout the course of the festivities.

Doors to manual: Domestic flights ready to resume in Saudi Arabia

Updated 30 May 2020

Doors to manual: Domestic flights ready to resume in Saudi Arabia

  • Passengers urged to follow preventative measures

JEDDAH: The coronavirus pandemic 'nearly paralyzed’ the global transport sector, a Saudi government minister said Saturday, as the Kingdom prepared for domestic flights to resume on Sunday morning.

Around 100 flights are due to take off and things will soon be back to normal despite the disruption of the past few months, the Minister of Transport Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser said.

“The pandemic has nearly paralyzed the transport sector, except for the few repatriation flights that were ordered to bring some citizens from abroad and the flights that carried some expats to their countries,” the minister told Arab News as he reflected on the economic losses and sharp decline in movement due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The minister, who was inspecting the readiness of Terminal 1 at King Abdulaziz International Airport to welcome travelers, is also chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). 

He said that the ministry was in close contact with other authorities - including airlines and the GACA - regarding updates about the coronavirus situation and providing all possible assistance to airline operators.

The minister was accompanied by GACA president, Abdul-Hadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri, and reviewed the precautionary measures in place to maintain the safety of people at all airports.

GACA has called on all travelers to follow the precautionary and preventive measures at airports and to follow health guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus. These include buying flights electronically and limiting airport entry to passengers only, with the exception of people accompanying the elderly or disabled.

GACA requires all travelers to go through thermal checkpoints before entering the terminal. Only passengers whose temperature is less than 38 degrees Celsius will be allowed on planes. The authority has also urged all passengers to wear face masks when entering airports and during flights, emphasizing that nobody will be allowed to board a plane without one.

It wants passengers to maintain a distance of two meters from others and to stand on guidance stickers placed on the terminal floor.

Passengers must arrive at the airport's departure hall two hours before the flight's departure time. They must sterilize their hands when entering the terminal and safely dispose of their face masks when leaving the terminal.

The authority has encouraged people to use electronic payment methods and says that passengers should not stow more than one piece of luggage in the aircraft’s overhead cabins.

It has requested passengers to report any suspected case of coronavirus.