Jeddah Season introduces new edutainment events

Jeddah Season aims to promote the city as a tourist destination, and to encourage partnerships with local businesses. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 02 July 2019

Jeddah Season introduces new edutainment events

  • LEGO Corner opened on June 19 and ran until June 25 at Mall of Arabia

JEDDAH: Jeddah Season sees Saudi Arabia host a variety of edutainment events aimed at teaching children through interactive entertainment. Four of the most recognizable edutainment brands belong, regionally, to Spacetoon, which is staging activities at three large shopping malls around the city.
The LEGO activity tests participants’ creative skills, while Discover Adventure is for those who like a challenge. Pictionary, like the famous board game on which it is based, requires one person to draw something while the rest of their team try to guess what it is within the time limit. The Barbie event, meanwhile, offers children a journey full of new experiences.
In a press release, Spacetoon said that the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has selected “world-class edutainment events that suit the audience of the Kingdom,” which could make Jeddah a major entertainment destination this summer.
LEGO Corner opened on June 19 and ran until June 25 at Mall of Arabia. It had four sections — one for children below five, one for girls, one for boys and one for adults.
On June 27, Discovery Adventure opened at Mall of Arabia. According to a company statement, it was “the perfect opportunity for fans of quests and discovery.” It incorporated VR technology to provide “a real jungle experience,” and participants also went on a camping adventure in the woods.
The 41-day Jeddah Season features international shows and plays being presented for the first time in the Kingdom, along with street parades, art exhibits, 3-D art displays and water-based activities.
Jeddah Season aims to promote the city as a tourist destination, and to encourage partnerships with local businesses. Organizers hope to generate up to 20,000 job and volunteering opportunities for young Saudis.


Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

Updated 19 October 2019

Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

  • The embassy said that evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety
  • Three Saudia aircraft were used to transport them

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia's embassy in Lebanon has confirmed it has facilitated the “evacuation of Saudi residents and visitors” from the country.
“The evacuation operation, imposed by the security situation in Lebanon and the importance of ensuring the safety of Saudi nationals, started Saturday at 5 a.m. after the Kingdom secured three Saudia aircraft to transport them,” the embassy told Arab News.
“Three hundred people were evacuated as of Saturday afternoon, while the total number of those wishing to leave remains unclear. We have identified a hotel in Beirut as a starting point,” it added, noting that most of those who had left were tourists.
The embassy also confirmed evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety.
Protests broke out in Lebanon on Thursday night, and disorder has disrupted roads leading to the airport, with burning tires blocking several key routes.
On Friday, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its citizens already in Lebanon to exercise “utmost caution.”
Egypt’s Embassy in Beirut also called on its nationals in the country to avoid protest areas, Egyptian state news agency MENA said.
“The embassy calls on all Egyptian citizens in Lebanon to avoid the areas of gatherings and protests, to be careful in their movements and to abide by the instructions of the Lebanese authorities in this regard,” MENA reported.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Embassy in Lebanon asked citizens wishing to travel to the country to delay trips where possible.
“The embassy also calls on citizens currently in Lebanon to take utmost care and stay away from crowds and demonstrations,” it said on social media site Twitter.
Bahrain and the UAE warned against travel to Lebanon and called on their citizens in the country to leave immediately.