Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drone after Abha attack

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The drone was launched from Sanaa. (AP/File photo)
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Abha airport has previously been targeted by the militia. (File/SPA)
Updated 29 August 2019

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drone after Abha attack

  • A Houthi drone aimed towards Saudi Arabia was intercepted hours after the militia fired a “hostile projectile” toward Abha airport
  • No casualties were reported from the attacks

The Saudi-led Arab intercepted a Houthi drone aimed towards Saudi Arabia early Thursday, just hours after the militia fired a “hostile projectile” toward Abha airport.  

Spokesman of the Arab coalition, Col. Turki al-Maliki, said that the coalition forces managed to intercept and shoot down the drone fired from Saada on Thursday morning. No casualties were reported.

“The Houthi militia continues its immoral practices by targeting civilians,” Al-Malki said.

“The continuation of such acts of terrorism and high-quality capabilities proves the Iranian regime's involvement in supporting the Houthi militia and the continued violation of relevant Security Council resolutions,” he added.

Earlier on Wednesday, the coalition destroyed a Houthi drone fired towards Saudi Arabia from Yemen.

The drone was launched by the militants from Sanaa -  the then capital city they overran in 2014, triggering the conflict with government forces.

Al-Malki said their attempts to use drones against Saudi Arabia were "doomed to failure."

The recent incidents are the latest launched by the militants, who have ramped up their efforts to target the Kingdom in recent days.

Their ballistic missiles and crude exploding drones are usually intercepted by the coalition before they can cause harm.


— with Reuters

Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

Updated 25 January 2020

Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

  • “I was transported into a completely different world”: Jay Kay

ALULA: British band Jamiroquai thrilled a delighted audience at Maraya Concert Hall in Saudi Arabia on Friday night during a show packed with hits.

In a first for a venue more used to hosting opera and classical concerts, the British funk/acid jazz outfit had fans dancing along to the music.

The show, at the distinctive, mirror-covered concert hall in historic AlUla, was part of the second Winter at Tantora festival. It opened with “Shake It On,” followed by the hit singles “Little L,” “Alright,” and “Space Cowboy.” By this time the crowd was well and truly warmed up, and “Use the Force” got them on their feet.

“The song seemed to resonate with everyone” Jay Kay told Arab News in an exclusive interview after the show.

During the gig, Kay dedicated the 2002 song “Corner of the Earth” to AlUla, which he described as a “magical and wonderful place, which is absolutely stunning.” The opportunity to perform there was “an honor and privilege” he added. He also thanked “Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for his vision, and Prince Badr for making this happen and the great hospitality.”

After a further selection of singles and album tracks, the show ended on a high with a quartet of hits — “Cosmic Girl,” “Virtual Insanity,” “Canned Heat” and “Lovefoolosophy.”

Kay praised the Maraya Concert Hall as “a brilliant place to play.” He admitted that initially he was a little worried when he saw it because he was under the impression it would be an outdoor venue. However, any concerns he had were gone by the time the first sound check was done.

“I was transported into a completely different world; the acoustics were unbelievable, like being in a German concert hall,” he said. “It is obviously very well thought out and that’s what makes it so good. The sound was fabulous — I never looked at my sound guy once.”

Jamiroquai’s music videos often feature Kay in super cars, of which he owns many, and he revealed that he would love to shoot such a promo in AlUla.

“In reality, I’m desperate to get in one of the dune buggies, and would kill to have a (Ariel) Nomad and have a go in one in AlUla, where it’s supposed to be driven, for a day or five and dune bash, which is such a rare thing for us in England,” he said.

The singer also said he wants to bring his family to AlUla, which has become a hub for culture and creativity in Saudi Arabia.

“I would like to come out with my family and my youngest, who is called Talula, so hopefully we can have Talula come to AlUla, which would be wonderful,” said Kay.

He added that he was looking forward to exploring the area on Saturday, before leaving the country, but added: “I’m sure you can never have enough time to see everything there is to see.”