Taif Season perfumery showcases its signature smell 

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The Rose Lab, one of Taif Season’s Ward Village events, gives visitors an opportunity to learn about the importance of roses in perfumery. (SPA)
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The Rose Lab, one of Taif Season’s Ward Village events, gives visitors an opportunity to learn about the importance of roses in perfumery. (SPA)
Updated 01 September 2019

Taif Season perfumery showcases its signature smell 

  • 20-minute Rose Lab crash course shows visitors the basic rules of perfume composition
  • Visitors of the lab have produced more than 6,000 perfumes

TAIF: The Rose Lab, one of Taif Season’s Ward Village events, gave visitors an opportunity to learn about the importance of roses in perfumery.

The Taif rose became the most prominent economic product in the city. The people of Taif introduced the flower to the region, where it flourished in the soil and acquired high economic value.

The lab delivers a training course to introduce visitors to the basic rules of perfume composition in just 20 minutes.

The course concludes with the visitors creating a sample of their fragrance, which they can keep as a gift. Visitors of the lab have produced more than 6,000 perfumes.

Due to the increasing demand for special perfume composition courses, the organizers of the event started an online perfumery training course titled “Our Perfumes from Our Flowers.”

The Rose Lab is one of many events in the Ward Village of the famous Al-Rudaf Park, which are showcasing roses as one of the most important natural products of Taif.

The region is famous for its rich heritage and strategic location on the old incense road, which was traveled by merchants carrying spices and luxury goods from Amman to Taif.

Taif Season, which is one of 11 festivals being held across the Kingdom to promote the country as a global tourist destination, ended on Saturday. It celebrated local culture through scores of activities and events including a rose village, a lively souq and circus shows.

Many accompanying events were held, such as the Rose Marathon, tourist trips and a shopping festival, which contributed to the consolidation of Taif’s status as one of the most important Arab tourist destinations.


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.