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.”


G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

Updated 05 June 2020

G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

  • Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations met virtually

RIYADH: The G20 Digital Economy Taskforce (DETF) held consecutive virtual meetings on June 3 to June 4 to discuss a comprehensive approach to digital economy policymaking and the future of digitalization.

Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations, addressed the relevance of digitalization in maintaining business operations following the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Data Flows, Smart Cities, Digital Economy measurement and Digital Security were also on the agenda as well as the Connecting Humanity 2030 initiative.

Delegates also discussed digitalization in the context of the current crisis with a long-term vision for the best use of digital tools to build economic resiliency and promote job retention.

Prior to the DETF meeting, on June 1, the Dialogue on Trustworthy AI in Pandemic Response brought together experts from both the public and private sectors, and academia to explore the optimal role of government in Artificial Intelligence.

The potential use of the technology in diverse sectors was raised, along with how AI can be an efficient tool in pandemic responses. The Dialogue also examined the G20’s role in policy discussions and the long-term inclusion of AI on the G20 agenda.

G20 Digital Economy Ministers will review and continue the work of the Taskforce at their meeting on July 22-23.