Riyadh hums as Korean BTS deliver electric performance

Riyadh hums as Korean BTS deliver electric performance
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BTS setting new standards in the K-Pop music industry. (Social media photo)
Riyadh hums as Korean BTS deliver electric performance
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The seven-piece South Korean band BTS performed on Friday at a sold-out concert at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh. (Photo/Twitter @Turki_alalshikh)
Updated 12 October 2019

Riyadh hums as Korean BTS deliver electric performance

Riyadh hums as Korean BTS deliver electric performance
  • BTS has been collaborating with a number of Western artists such as Halsey, Steve Aoki and Nicki Minaj

RIYADH: In their bid to conquer the world and unite it with music, BTS performed at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh on Friday.

Their fans had been preparing for the concert ever since they heard the news. Twelve-year-old Ahmed Baleegh came to the concert with his older sister who introduced him to the band.

“It was exciting, there was constant suspense, especially when they performed Fake Love.”

He got into them when their track Fire was released. 

“It was my first time attending a K-pop concert and I knew it was going to be the best since it was BTS.”

He continued; “I think shows like this will enable more K-Pop bands to come to Saudi Arabia in the future.”

Army, the name given to the fandom by the band, flew to Riyadh from all over the Kingdom to attend the concert. 

On Twitter, fans showed how they took the time to prepare banners, stickers and more, often specific to each member of the band.

The band is known for their phenomenal music, setting new standards in the K-Pop music industry through their constant hard work. The band’s members remain humble and loving to their fans.

BTS debuted on the Big Hit Entertainment label in 2013; their songs were mostly based on the problems of society and following your dreams. Debuting with the song “No More Dream,” the band has been steadily climbing the ladder of success.

BTS has seven members, three rappers and four vocalists. Its rapper line is made up of Kim Namjoon, known as Rap Monster, Min Yoongi (Suga), and Jung Hosoek (J-Hope). 

The vocalists are Park Jimin, Jeon Jungkook, Kim Seokjin (Jin) and Kim Taehyung (V).

The concert was held at King Fahd stadium, where fans came equipped with their BTS light sticks, fan merchandise and BTS-themed clothes and makeup to have the time of their lives.

The buzz in the air determined how exciting the night would be. 

Fans meeting each other for the first time did not seem like strangers. 

They helped each other out, donating light sticks and merchandise to those who couldn’t afford it. The whole stadium felt like a gathering of friends.

With fans filing into the stadium and connecting their light sticks to the central control, BTS finally appeared on the stage in what looked like a sea of lights. 

It was a grand entrance and the fans showed their enthusiasm by screaming the entire first number, “Dionysus.” 

The song kick-started an emotional journey for the fans, who laughed, cried, screamed, and sang along with the boys they have seen on tiny screens for years.

After performing their first song with their trademark tight choreography, the seven boys introduced themselves. 

Their leader Kim Namjoon conducted their signature greeting “2,3 Bang Tan, hello we are BTS.”

Each of the members introduced themselves and spoke Arabic lines that they had practiced beforehand especially for the fans in Saudi Arabia.

Then they performed songs such as “Boy with Luv,” “Mic Drop” and “Dope.” They also performed as subunits and solos. 

Their youngest member, Jeon Jungkook, performed “Euphoria,” Kim Taehyung performed his captivating song “Singularity,” and Jung Hoseok performed his “Just Dance.”

They even interacted with the fans while performing, asking their crowd to sing along and help complete the lines.

BTS bade farewell to their fans, who clearly wanted more, and promised to come back to Saudi Arabia.

The fans left the stadium with twinkling eyes, discussing their favorite parts of the concert, and saying how they would remember this day for the rest of their lives.

 


Fraudsters up their game, posing as bank officials on the phone in Saudi Arabia

Fraudsters up their game, posing as bank officials on the phone in Saudi Arabia
Vishing that occurs during a telephone call aims to provoke fear in the victim so that customers will be more susceptible to giving out personal, financial, or security details. (shutterstock)
Updated 23 min 37 sec ago

Fraudsters up their game, posing as bank officials on the phone in Saudi Arabia

Fraudsters up their game, posing as bank officials on the phone in Saudi Arabia
  • The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) has warned bank customers, both citizens and expatriates, not to fall victim to financial frauds being perpetrated by scammers

JEDDAH: Fraudsters have developed a new scam, contacting residents in Saudi Arabia and pretending to be bank staffers requesting customer details.
A number of Arab News staff have received such calls in recent weeks. One caller spoke Urdu while two other callers posing as senior officials from the headquarters of the bank spoke in English and Arabic with a local accent.
They used phone numbers that appeared to be local numbers but upon calling back, the lines failed to connect.
The racketeers collect phone numbers of customers and ring them up, saying that their bank account or ATM card requires immediate updating. The scammers use the information provided to gain access to their bank accounts.
Speaking to Arab News, Talat Zaki Hafiz, secretary-general of the Media and Banking Awareness Committee of Saudi banks, said: “Saudi banks represented by the Media and Banking Awareness Committee have repeatedly warned bank customers not to react to stray phone calls of any kind coming from unknown sources that ask to update their banking record or personal information.” He further confirmed that banks do not request such information through phone calls or SMS messages.
Mohammed Khurram Khan, a professor of cybersecurity at the King Saud University in Riyadh, told Arab News: “Phishing, an online scam which targets users through emails where individuals are encouraged to click on a link that takes them to fraudulent sites, was troubling people. Now it’s a different kind of scam known as ‘vishing,’ over-the-phone phishing, where scammers persuade users to share their banking information by impersonating a bank official.”

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The racketeers collect phone numbers of customers and ring them up, saying that their bank account or ATM card requires immediate updating. The scammers use the information provided to gain access to their bank accounts.

Vishing that occurs during a telephone call aims to provoke fear in the victim so that customers will be more susceptible to giving out personal, financial, or security details.
Sharing his experience Zafar Hasan, an e-learning consultant in Riyadh, said: “I received a call from someone on an unknown mobile number who introduced himself as a bank employee and told me that my ATM card was going to be blocked. It required an immediate update so I should give my Iqama number (residence permit number) and sixteen-digit ATM card number. I felt something was fishy, so I told him that I would go personally to the bank to update the card.”
The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) has warned bank customers, both citizens and expatriates, not to fall victim to financial frauds being perpetrated by scammers.
SAMA called on bank customers to take information only from the official channels of the bodies regulating the Kingdom’s financial and investment sectors and inform the competent security authorities about such fraudulent attempts.