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.


Saudi VAT revenues hit SR46.7bn in a year: Finance minister

Updated 14 November 2019

Saudi VAT revenues hit SR46.7bn in a year: Finance minister

  • Al-Jadaan announced the figures during the first edition of the General Authority for Zakat and Tax
  • Said Kingdom was working to reach a consensual solution for tax challenges

RIYADH: Saudi VAT revenues have hit SR46.7 billion ($12.45 billion), a significant increase on estimates for the fiscal year, according to the Kingdom’s finance minister.

Mohammed Al-Jadaan announced the figures during the first edition of the General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT) conference and exhibition.

“The commitment rate came at 90 percent, exceeding all the expectations of GAZT and some international organizations that ranged between 60 and 70 percent,” he said.

“The conference comes as the Kingdom is witnessing an economic and social transformation under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to achieve a diverse economy and sustainable growth in line with the Kingdom’s 2030 vision.

“The Kingdom’s fiscal policy aims to achieve a balance between the state’s financial and economic objectives. It seeks to maintain financial sustainability for the medium and long terms, which stimulates economic growth rates. This generates from our recognition that fiscal policies are one of the most important drivers of growth in the non-oil sector,” he added.

“The digital economy is rapidly advancing. We hope that modern technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchains will improve compliance with zakat and taxes, enrich the business sector, lower costs, promote tax transparency and develop e-commerce tax regulations.

“This conference will hopefully achieve a qualitative leap in the sectors of zakat and taxes by promoting cooperation and exchanging experiences.”

Al-Jadaan said that as the Kingdom prepared to host the next G20 summit, it was working to reach a consensual solution for tax challenges of the digital economy and contribute with other member states to stabilizing the global economy.