K-pop boy wonders BTS primed to energise Riyadh stadium with all-action performance

South Korean boy band BTS will take to the stage at King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh on Friday evening for their first performance in Saudi Arabia. (File/AFP)
Updated 12 October 2019

K-pop boy wonders BTS primed to energise Riyadh stadium with all-action performance

RIYADH: South Korean boy band BTS took to the stage at King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh on Friday evening for their first performance in Saudi Arabia.


Read our full concert report: Riyadh hums as Korean BTS deliver electric performance


The crowd joined in with the singing and the atmosphere was jubilant as BTS belted out K-pop hits. 

 

People from all over the Kingdom came to watch BTS perform, and the band did not disappoint.

 

On Thursday night, buildings in Riyadh were engulfed in purple light as part of the Kingdom’s warm welcome to the seven-member band.
BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, is the most streamed K-pop band in Saudi Arabia on Spotify. They currently have six tracks in the top 10 K-pop list in the UAE and four of the top 10 in Saudi Arabia.

 


Saudi housing program allocates monthly record 21,000 building plots

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Saudi housing program allocates monthly record 21,000 building plots

  • Riyadh received the largest issue of free lands

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing allocated a monthly record of 20,907 plots for residential property building during October, according to official figures.

Riyadh received the largest issue of free lands under the ministry’s Sakani program at 4,443, with Makkah second on 2,797 and Eastern Province getting 2,205.

A statement from program officials said October had seen the biggest batch of land distribution across the Kingdom in preparation for the construction of housing units by beneficiaries, a situation made possible due to the electronic streamlining of the application process.

Other parts of the Kingdom to receive land allocations were Qassim (2,140), Madinah (2,058), Asir (1,665), Najran (1,301), Jazan (1,258), Hail (1,192), Northern Borders (809), Al-Baha (542), Jouf (420), and Tabuk (77).

“This comes as a continuation of the housing support Sakani provides throughout the Kingdom,” the statement said. “The handing of free lands will continue at the ministry’s branches, with areas ranging between 450 and 527 square meters each.”

It added that beneficiaries could complete procedures and choose appropriate housing plans online by visiting https://sakani.housing.sa/plans-map.

“Free lands are one of the options provided by the program. Beneficiaries may also apply for villas among the ministry’s projects, buy an under-construction residential unit in partnership with the private sector, buy a finished housing unit off the market, or acquire a 100 percent subsidized profit mortgage for landowners.”

Phase three of the 2019 Sakani program includes 200,000 housing and financing options, among them 50,000 free lands, 50,000 housing units in cooperation with the private sector, and 100,000 subsidized mortgages for the beneficiaries of the Real Estate Development Fund (REDF) in partnership with banks and financial institutions.