Saudi prince explores areas of cooperation in Moscow

1 / 4
Acting Riyadh Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz explores the smart infrastructure projects in Moscow. (SPA)
2 / 4
3 / 4
4 / 4
Updated 13 July 2019

Saudi prince explores areas of cooperation in Moscow

  • Acting Riyadh governor tours electric public transport, smart cities projects

MOSCOW: Electric public transport systems and smart cities were among the projects explored by the acting governor of Riyadh, Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz, on the sidelines of his official visit to Moscow. During a tour of infrastructure schemes in the Russian capital, Prince Mohammed reviewed the work, support and supervision programs, as well as those related to the use of technology, service utilization and provision of innovative and scientific environments, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Prince Mohammed, accompanied by his delegation and a number of Russian officials, listened to an explanation about the economic, practical and environmental effectiveness of electric public transport systems, and met experts who discussed with him the impact of such projects in Moscow.
Investment

Earlier, the acting Riyadh governor held talks with Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin.
Prince Mohammed expressed his thanks for the hospitality and invitation from Moscow, stressing the importance of exchanging experiences and cooperation between the two capitals.
During the meeting, the governor discussed aspects of cooperation between Moscow and Riyadh in various fields, including investment and infrastructure, in a way that boosts the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan.
The acting governor also visited a number of Moscow landmarks, among them the Luzhniki national stadium complex and other historic city sites.


Giant puppets’ musical show hits high note among Saudi festivalgoers

The Tanween puppets are putting on theater performances for the first time, accompanied by a traditional Saudi band, providing different experiences to visitors. (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 6 min 57 sec ago

Giant puppets’ musical show hits high note among Saudi festivalgoers

  • Activities of Tanween Season in Eastern Province are aimed at all ages and are designed to be family friendly

ALKHOBAR: A musical show involving giant puppets has been hitting a high note among visitors to a popular Saudi festival. The models, standing 12 meters tall, have drawn big audiences to Alkhobar Corniche where performances have been taking place as part of Tanween Season.
Three huge puppets made up a family consisting of the father, donned in a white thobe and traditional Arabic head piece, the mother in a black abaya, and their son wearing a green Tanween T-shirt.
Children watching the show sang along to Saudi folk songs as puppeteers using special machinery brought the giant characters to life.
Tanween Season, in the Eastern Province, is a 17-day event that runs until Oct. 26, with talks, workshops, discussion panels, and performances built around this year’s theme of “play.” Activities are aimed at all ages and are designed to be family friendly.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Tanween puppets are putting on theater performances for the first time, accompanied by a traditional Saudi band.

• Saudi, French, Belgian and Spanish talent have combined to stage the show at Alkhobar Corniche until Saturday.

“There’s a wide range of different experiences for visitors when they visit Ithra (the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture, in Dhahran) or the installations outside. Our goal is to deliver a message: How to use play in a different, creative way that introduces a myriad of ideas and culture,” the event’s head of performance, Anas Al-Ratoee, told Arab News.
Spanish delights
The Tanween puppets are putting on theater performances for the first time, accompanied by a traditional Saudi band. Saudi, French, Belgian and Spanish talent have combined to stage the show at Alkhobar Corniche until Oct. 19.
“The Giant Puppets is a Spanish band, known as Carros de Foc, that usually performs traditionally in parades and festivals, where these 12-meter giants walk among people.
“We added the Saudi culture to it through traditional music performed by a local band. We wanted to depict a scene from a normal day in the life of a Saudi household; the dynamic between a father, mother and child,” added Al-Ratoee.
Muna Hassan, from Dammam, said her younger brother had thoroughly enjoyed the performance. “I was very happy to see him so excited and to see events like this catering to his age group.”