K-pop band Stray Kids meet their fans in KSA for the first time

Stray Kids band thrilled their Saudi fans performing alongside the two Super Junior sub-units D&E and K. R.Y. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 15 July 2019

K-pop band Stray Kids meet their fans in KSA for the first time

  • South Korea’s top export in the entertainment industry has been winning the hearts of people around the globe

JEDDAH: The band Stray Kids is making their mark all around the world. Saudi fans were very excited to see them perform in Jeddah alongside the two Super Junior sub-units D&E and K.R.Y.

Stray Kids debuted in 2017 in a reality show of the same name set up by the company JYP Entertainment, which is one of the biggest entertainment companies in South Korea. 

Since then their brilliant music and stylish dancing have been winning the hearts of people around the globe.

They are a group of 9 talented members; they are some of the youngest performers in the K-pop industry, making them more passionate about what they do and the music they produce.

The first overseas performance by Stray kids was in 2018 at KCON Japan.

HIGH LIGHTS

• Bang Chan, the leader of Stray Kids, was born in Sydney, Australia.

• Their world tour is called ‘Unveil’

“We were really thrilled to be invited to come to Saudi Arabia, it’s our first time here. 

“I personally really like Saudi Arabia and wanted to come here. So in the plane seeing the landscape and everything I thought it was a dream come true. Being here I am still really very excited,” Bang Chan, the leader of the band, said.

“We are very honored to be here, it’s all thanks to our fans who brought us here to become one of the first K-pop acts to perform in Saudi Arabia,” Changbin, an all-round  vocalist and rapper, told Arab News.

They had a taste of what to expect from the fans when they arrived at the airport. 

Fans had been waiting for seven hours and on their arrival swarmed in to get a glimpse of them.

The fans were beyond excited to be attending the concert as the show packed many surprises for the “Strays,” a name given to them by their fans.


Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

Updated 15 September 2019

Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

  • The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen
  • ‘Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors’

BAGHDAD: Baghdad on Sunday denied any link to drone attacks on Saudi oil plants, after media speculation that the strikes were launched from Iraq despite being claimed by Yemeni rebels.
The attacks early Saturday targeted two key oil installations, causing massive fires and taking out half of the kingdom’s vast oil output.
The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war.
But the Wall Street Journal has reported that officials were investigating the possibility the attacks involved missiles launched from Iraq or Iran.
Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi on Sunday denied reports Iraqi territory “was used for drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.”
“Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors,” he said in a statement.
“The Iraqi government will be extremely firm with whomever tries to violate the constitution.”
Iraq is home to several Iran-backed militias and paramilitary factions, placing it in an awkward situation amid rising tensions between its two main sponsors, Tehran and Washington.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo squarely accused Tehran of being behind Saturday’s operation, saying there was no evidence the “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply” was launched from Yemen.
Iraq has called for its territory to be spared any spillover in the standoff between the US and Iran, which has included a series of attacks on shipping in sensitive Gulf waters.
Recent raids on bases belonging to Iraqi Shiite paramilitary groups linked with Iran, attributed to Israel, sparked fears of an escalation.
There have been no military consequences so far, but the strikes have heightened divisions between pro-Tehran and pro-Washington factions in Iraq’s political class.
Baghdad has recently moved to repair ties with Saudi Arabia, a key US ally — much to Iran’s chagrin.
Riyadh recently announced a major border post on the Iraqi frontier would reopen mid-October, after being closed for almost three decades.