Saudi Arabia attends Cairo conference to discuss regional water security action plan

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli attends the 11th session of the Arab Water Ministerial Council at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on Thursday. (SPA)
Updated 28 June 2019

Saudi Arabia attends Cairo conference to discuss regional water security action plan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday took part in a high-level Arab conference to discuss a water security action plan for the region.

Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli headed the Kingdom’s delegation at the 11th session of the Arab Water Ministerial Council being held at the Arab League headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

The meeting was presided over by Palestinian Water Authority head, Mazen Ghoneim, with the participation of Arab ministers of water resources, environment and irrigation as well as heads of the delegations from 

Arab states.

Among items discussed was Israel’s stealing of Arab water in the occupied Syrian Golan, southern Lebanon and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Another key aim of the session was to follow up on developments in supporting Iraq’s rights to preserve its water resources in the Tigris-Euphrates basin.

The ministerial council session discussed the implementation of a strategic operational plan for water security in the Arab region to meet future challenges and requirements for sustainable development. Arab states with projects underway were urged to submit progress reports to the council’s technical and scientific advisory committee.

Delegates also reviewed the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in relation

to water.

 


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.