King Abdul Aziz lookalike to star in new Saudi Movie ‘Born a King’

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Rakan Abdulwahid is the 32-year-old Saudi actor who plays King Abdul Aziz in “Born a King.” (Supplied and AN Photo by Saad Al-Dosary)
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Abdulwahid said his great grandfather fought alongside King Abdul Aziz. (Supplied)
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Abdulwahid said his great grandfather fought alongside King Abdul Aziz. (Supplied)
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The Saudi actor Rakan Abdulwahid felt a connection to the founder of the Kingdom (AN Photo by Saad Al-Dosary)
Updated 21 September 2019

King Abdul Aziz lookalike to star in new Saudi Movie ‘Born a King’

  • Rakan Abdulwahid is the 32-year-old Saudi actor who plays King Abdul Aziz
  • The rapper, singer, designer, model and now actor considers himself a 'Saudi ambassador of arts to the US' 

RIYADH: With his long dreadlocked hair, handsome Arabian looks and a quiet disposition, Rakan Abdulwahid is the 32-year-old Saudi actor who plays King Abdul Aziz in “Born a King.”

His family history runs deep with the Al-Saud family. “My great grandfather fought alongside King Abdul Aziz,” Rakan told Arab News.  

 

 

His family’s lineage goes back to the days of King Abdulaziz as they are considered the official “Al-Arda” dance performers. They have been performing the pre-war and celebratory dance for over a century, before the founding of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

His uncle, Salah Abdulwahid, is featured in the movie, as the main Al-Arda performer.

The Saudi actor felt a connection to the founder of the Kingdom, not only physically resembling the king, but also embodying his charisma.

Before the shooting of the movie, he began reading up on anything he could get his hands on to learn more about the founder’s personality, to try and pefect his character and do him justice on the big screen.

Born in the US and raised in the Kingdom, and an avid athlete in his youth, he was a soccer player until he broke his hip in a tournament.

 

 

The multitalented actor not only shines through on the big screen, but is a rapper, singer, model and designer. As a lover of the arts in all forms, he believes that culture can build bridges across the world.

He has vowed to represent his country in a positive manner while breaking stereotypes about Saudi Arabia. He also speaks French, English and Spanish fluently.

The actor obtained four degrees in just 7 years, having majored in industrial engineering with a minor in business and math from Northeastern University.

He later continued his education and received his master’s in engineering project management and an MBA certificate in global supply chain management. However, that didn’t stop him from taking law classes at Harvard for a semester.

As a child he would write 300-page stories, cooked passionately and danced with abandonment.

He returned to his homeland to play one of the most influential people in the Kingdom’s history: Its founder King Abdul Aziz.

 

 


Falcon sales take flight at Riyadh show

Falconry enthusiasts from more than 20 countries are attending the show in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 5 min 39 sec ago

Falcon sales take flight at Riyadh show

  • Tens of thousands of visitors have already flocked to the exhibition, which runs until Oct. 15

RIYADH: Falcon sales at an exhibition in Riyadh have exceeded SR3 million ($800,000) and are expected to double before the event closes.
The sales were made directly in the exhibitors’ section and at auction of the Saudi Falcons and Hunting Exhibition, which is in its second year.
Falconry enthusiasts from more than 20 countries are attending the show, which is the biggest event of its kind in the Kingdom and the Middle East. Tens of thousands of visitors have already flocked to the exhibition, which runs until Oct. 15.
There are more than 350 exhibitors, and organizers are expecting 150,000 visitors.
The event features training workshops, lectures and children’s activities, as well as art workshops organized in partnership with the Saudi Society of Fine Arts.
Visitors can turn their hand to pottery, transfer technology, mural painting, charcoal painting, oud and coffee painting.
King Saud University is holding three seminars related to the environment and living organisms, including falcons and the findings of recent studies on their care and breeding. The seminars will explore the latest trends for the conservation of falcons in Saudi Arabia, parasites in falcons and how to combat them.
Another aspect of the exhibition is hunting weaponry, with specialist firms selling their products. Visitors need to access the Kingdom’s online government platform, Absher, to obtain an appointment through the booking process.
Exhibition organizers say they have established a design that simulates the experience of hunting trips and wildlife and that the various sections evoke hills, plateaus, sand dunes and lakes. Each area is decorated with species of desert plants and visitors can enjoy a musical soundtrack as they tour the event.