Saudi minister inspects readiness of ARBHAJ for Hajj

Bentin urged the employees to provide great services to the pilgrims upon their arrival to Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Updated 13 July 2019

Saudi minister inspects readiness of ARBHAJ for Hajj

  • The foundation is preparing to host 380,000 pilgrims from 19 Arab countries

MAKKAH: Mohammed Salih Bentin, minister of Hajj and Umrah, visited the headquarters of the National Tawafa Establishment for Pilgrims of Arab Countries (ARBHAJ) on Friday to inspect its readiness for this year’s Hajj season.
Bentin held a meeting with Abbas bin Abdul Ghani Qattan, CEO of ARBHAJ, and his deputy Mustafa Biari to discuss plans for the season.
The minister attended a presentation on the development of ARBHAJ from a public institution to a closed joint-stock company.
Bentin urged the employees to provide great services to the pilgrims upon their arrival to the Kingdom.
The foundation is preparing to host 380,000 pilgrims from 19 Arab countries. 


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 9 min 45 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.”