What is the Statue of Liberty doing in Jeddah?

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The installations were part of Jeddah Season, and a program within the festival called ‘Las Fallas,’ taken from the Valencian festival to herald the arrival of spring, that will see the cultures of six nations celebrated. (Photo/Supplied)
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The installations were part of Jeddah Season, and a program within the festival called ‘Las Fallas,’ taken from the Valencian festival to herald the arrival of spring, that will see the cultures of six nations celebrated. (Photo/Supplied)
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The installations were part of Jeddah Season, and a program within the festival called ‘Las Fallas,’ taken from the Valencian festival to herald the arrival of spring, that will see the cultures of six nations celebrated. (Photo/Supplied)
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The installations were part of Jeddah Season, and a program within the festival called ‘Las Fallas,’ taken from the Valencian festival to herald the arrival of spring, that will see the cultures of six nations celebrated. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 08 July 2019

What is the Statue of Liberty doing in Jeddah?

  • The icons were installed just in time for July 4, the national “Independence Day” holiday when Americans celebrate the birth of the US

JEDDAH: On July 3, a replica of the Statue of Liberty, alongside one of Elvis Presley, the Las Vegas welcome sign and the Hollywood sign, appeared on the Jeddah Waterfront.
The installations were part of Jeddah Season, and a program within the festival called “Las Fallas,” taken from the Valencian festival to herald the arrival of spring, that will see the cultures of six nations celebrated.
The icons were installed just in time for July 4, the national “Independence Day” holiday when Americans celebrate the birth of the US. It also heralded the arrival of the US segment of the “Las Fallas” festivities.
As well as the installations, popular music and dancing were also showcased, with dance shows by troupes performing to songs by the likes of Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Elvis. 

Acrobatic basketball
Following the dancing, a team of boys specializing in acrobatic basketball, the “Face Team,” performed, using trampolines to score baskets involving flips and tricks of increasing complexity.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

• The icons were installed just in time for July 4, the national ‘Independence Day’ holiday when Americans celebrate the birth of the US.

• As well as the installations, popular music and dancing were also showcased, with dance shows by troupes performing to songs by the likes of Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Elvis.

They interacted with the audience, even calling children up to participate on the stage, helping them to jump from the trampoline to the basket, and teaching them to spin basketballs on their fingers.
Balazs Doborhegyi, “Face Team” operations manager, told Arab News: “The audience here was amazing, they reacted to the performances and if the team asked them to clap or make noise, they gave us double.”
He jokingly added: “The weather is a bit humid for us though.”


Deal signed for new US Embassy in Riyadh

Updated 25 min 15 sec ago

Deal signed for new US Embassy in Riyadh

  • The agreement was signed during the US Consulate’s celebration of the 243rd year of American independence at its new location in Jeddah’s Al-Muhammadiya district
  • Members of the American community, Saudi government officials and business leaders were in attendance

JEDDAH: The US Consulate in Jeddah signed an agreement to purchase land for the US Embassy’s new compound in Riyadh.

The agreement was signed during the consulate’s celebration of the 243rd year of American independence at its new location in Jeddah’s Al-Muhammadiya district.

It was signed by US Ambassador John Abizaid and Dr. Fahad Mushayt, CEO of the Diplomatic Quarter General Authority.

The agreement will allow the US State Department to divert resources toward construction and design of the new embassy.

Hosted by Abizaid and Consul General Ryan Gliha, the celebration’s guest of honor was Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz.

Members of the American community, Saudi government officials and business leaders were in attendance.

Since 1945, the US and Saudi Arabia “have stood together in the face of common threats, advanced prosperity and economic growth in both our countries, and forged bonds of friendship through countless exchanges and joint endeavors,” Abizaid said.