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.”


Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 9 min 5 sec ago

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”