Taif Season attracts over  2.5m visitors, cementing city's status as a favorite destination in KSA

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Taif Season has provided about 15,000 seasonal jobs and investment opportunities for local entrepreneurs. (SPA)
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Taif Season has provided about 15,000 seasonal jobs and investment opportunities for local entrepreneurs. (SPA)
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Taif Season has provided about 15,000 seasonal jobs and investment opportunities for local entrepreneurs. (SPA)
Updated 03 September 2019

Taif Season attracts over  2.5m visitors, cementing city's status as a favorite destination in KSA

TAIF: Taif Season, which is one of 11 festivals being held across the Kingdom to promote the country as a global tourist destination, attracted over 2.5 million visitors as well as local and Arab media coverage.

The season celebrated local culture through scores of activities and events including a rose village, a lively souk and circus shows.

Social media users also interacted remarkably with the festival, hailing the diversity of events, the excellent organization, and the season’s success in achieving its goals, highlighting the status of Taif as one of the most important Arab tourist destinations.

Taif Season provided about 15,000 seasonal jobs, investment opportunities for entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and support for families, craftsmen, and owners of micro-businesses through the provision of the right platforms.

In addition to that, the festival provided training to more than 1,500 young men and women in nine fields to enrich visitors’ experience and improve the quality of services. 

 

 


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.