Saudi General Entertainment Authority investigates claims of Kingdom’s ‘first nightclub’ 

A view of the Addmind Hospitality Group's White club in Dubai. The company was reported be seeking to put up a similar club in Jeddah. (Supplied photo)
Updated 14 June 2019

Saudi General Entertainment Authority investigates claims of Kingdom’s ‘first nightclub’ 

JEDDAH: The Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has announced an official probe into an event which took place in the coastal city of Jeddah. 

The investigation was launched after social media videos of the event sparked controversy and raised questions over the nature of the event and the venue. Many social media users, and some regional media outlets, have labeled the event as an opening of a famous nightclub; albeit always insisting that it was not going to serve alcohol. 

In a statement posted on its Twitter account, the Saudi government body announced that: “According to information provided to the GEA, the event (Project X) is in violation of the legal procedures and regulations in force, and has not been authorised by the body," the statement said.

GEA had "originally issued a licence for another event", the statement said. "Its contractor then took advantage of an extension of that licence to commit these serious and unacceptable violations."

 

 


Muslim World League chief lays foundation stone for Islamic museum in Jakarta

Updated 29 February 2020

Muslim World League chief lays foundation stone for Islamic museum in Jakarta

JAKARTA: A museum dedicated to Prophet Muhammad and the history of Islamic civilization will soon rise in the Indonesian capital.

Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), laid the foundation stone for the Jakarta branch of the Museum of the Life of the Prophet and Islamic Civilization on Feb. 28, 2020, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

An MWL post on Twitter said the museum will feature lush gardens in one of the most visited area in the city.

Al-Issa was quoted by SPA as saying that Jakarta would become the first branch of the Madinah international museum, hosting a variety of events, debates, training sessions, conferences, forums and seminars.

Following the groundbreaking ceremony, Al-Issa and his delegation met with the Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia, Essam bin Abed Al-Thaqafi.

The meeting was also attended by the Kingdom’s deputy envoy to the southeast Asian country, and Saudi embassy staff.