Over 3.7 million enjoy Saudi National Day Season

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Saudi dance troupe in traditional dress perform during a concert titled "mettle to the top" at the green hall theatre marking Saudi 89th National Day celebrations in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, late Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (AP)
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Saudi fans watch a concert titled "mettle to the top" at the green hall theatre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, late Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, marking Saudi 89th National Day celebrations. (AP)
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Saudi watch fireworks as they light the sky marking National Day to commemorate the unification of the country as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (AP)
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Saudi women film fireworks as they light the sky marking National Day to commemorate the unification of the country as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (AP)
Updated 25 September 2019

Over 3.7 million enjoy Saudi National Day Season

  • These events ranged from festivals, concerts, and fireworks, to youth forums, accompanied by celebrations on the streets as well as in public places and squares

RIYADH: The five-day Saudi National Day celebrations, which concluded on Monday evening, attracted more than 3.7 million people to various events organized across the Kingdom.
The chairman of the General Entertainment Authority, Turki Al-Sheikh, said that a workforce of 8,230 “happiness makers,” 91 percent of whom were Saudis, contributed to the success of the National Day Season. In the total workforce, some 23 percent were women. More than 6,800 season jobs were created. Al-Sheikh said visitors enjoyed more than 700,000 spectacular firework salvos. According to official statistics, more than 4,200 buses transported visitors to and from event locations.
This year more than 40 events took place between Sept. 19 and 23. These events ranged from festivals, concerts, and fireworks, to youth forums, accompanied by celebrations on the streets as well as in public places and squares.

 


Penguins and an ice rink to be part of Riyadh’s winter show

More than 300 trailers have been shipped from all over Europe to Riyadh for the English-style winter carnival. (AN photo/Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 9 min 34 sec ago

Penguins and an ice rink to be part of Riyadh’s winter show

  • More than 250 workers are busy setting it up in one of Riyadh’s busiest areas

RIYADH: Snow parks, penguins and ice-skating rinks are common winter attractions in cities with the weather to match — but Riyadh?

Still, there’s a first time for everything, and Riyadh Season is giving the Saudi capital the opportunity to prove it with the opening on Oct. 20 of Winter Wonderland.

More than 300 trailers have been shipped from all over Europe to Riyadh for the English-style winter carnival, and more than 250 workers are busy setting it up in one of Riyadh’s busiest areas.

The site, against the stunning backdrop of the King Abdullah Financial District skyscrapers, will accommodate up to 40,000 visitors a day. “It is challenging, but it is wonderful to be here,” events director Edward Mellors told Arab News. “We are really enjoying it. It’s nice to be involved in bringing such a big project to a country like this.”

As well as the snow park, the ice rink and the penguins, attractions include a Marvel excursion, with Iron Man and other superheroes from the franchise.

“We have been sourcing these rides from all over the world, getting them together and making lots of deals, getting them on ships,” said Mellors. “I can’t think of any one challenge that has been the biggest, but with all of them put together, it has been a mountain.”