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.


TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

Updated 24 January 2020

TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

  • I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them
  • I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh

For nine years, I was the only child in my family. My father was a very independent, strong character and I learned a lot from him.

Having started from zero, he taught me to work hard, seek perfection and always believe that anything was possible if you set your mind to it. 

My mother was very easy going and encouraging. She really believed in me and was always supportive. There was a balance at home for me with these two different characters.

Some people might think that being an only child for quite some time, I was spoiled and dependent. But that was never the case and I have an amazing relationship with my little sister Maha; she is my best friend.

My father works in pharmaceuticals and is chairman of the board of directors at Al-Dawaa Medical Services.

My mother was a schoolteacher before entering the world of business, and my sister is a chemical engineer. Though we are a very diverse family, we all have an appreciation for art which is evident in our household. My mother is an artist and art collector too.

I do not have a role model; there are many people I look up to in the business world and in my social life. 

I studied software engineering and worked in that field for almost a year, but although I learnt a lot I wanted more from my career. Software engineering made me think and solve problems in a different way and it played a major role in how I operate in the field of business.

I worked at Al-Dawaa for almost two years and found that I was more attracted to business and marketing than the technical side of things. That is when I decided to take on the family business, Waleed Al-Jaafari Establishment.

I run PIECES, a retail store I founded in Alkhobar in 2012 and later opened a branch in Riyadh in 2014. Now, we are working to make it an online business too.

I noticed that there was a demand in the Kingdom for custom-made furniture, and although some stores offered the service there was little choice. So, I decided to provide high-quality furniture made in Saudi Arabia.

In 2015 I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh. My father has other branches dealing with different fields, but I opted to run the retail store and woodwork services. 

I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them. Once you realize that there are no limits, all doors will open for you.