Three MoUs signed at opening day of Joy Forum19 in Riyadh

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The General Entertainment Authority signed three MoUs during the opening event. (Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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The General Entertainment Authority signed three MoUs during the opening event. (Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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The General Entertainment Authority signed three MoUs during the opening event. (Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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The two-day Joy Forum19 opened at Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. ( Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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The two-day Joy Forum19 opened at Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. ( Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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The two-day Joy Forum19 opened at Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. ( Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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The two-day Joy Forum19 opened at Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. ( Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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The two-day Joy Forum19 opened at Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. ( Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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The two-day Joy Forum19 opened at Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. ( Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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The two-day Joy Forum19 opened at Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. ( Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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The two-day Joy Forum19 opened at Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. ( Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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The two-day Joy Forum19 opened at Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. ( Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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The two-day Joy Forum19 opened at Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. ( Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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The two-day Joy Forum19 opened at Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. ( Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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The two-day Joy Forum19 opened at Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. ( Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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Actor Jihad Atrash, who did the voice over for Grendizer, now on stage at Joy Forum19. ( Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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Actor Jihad Atrash did the voice over for Grendizer. ( Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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Waheed Jalal, voice over of John Silver of Treasure Island joins on stage at the Joy Forum19. ( Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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Waheed Jalal, voice over of John Silver of Treasure Island joins on stage at the Joy Forum19. ( Arab News/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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Updated 14 October 2019

Three MoUs signed at opening day of Joy Forum19 in Riyadh

  • GEA Chairman Turki Al-Sheikh: Today you are witnessing things we have never had in Saudi

RIYADH: Three Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) were signed during the opening session of the Joy Forum19 event at Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh on Sunday, which had a huge crowd of entertainment pioneers from around the world in attendance.

The event, organized by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), is part of a push to put Saudi Arabia on the global map as an entertainment industry leader.

The first agreement was signed by GEA Chairman Turki Al-Sheikh and Abdullah Al-Sawaha, the Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology; while the second pact was between GEA and King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah.

The third agreement was a financing guarantee program for small-and-medium enterprises.

Turki Al-Sheikh, during the opening event said: “Our message is for both, locally and internationally. Me and my generation suffered a lot, we had lots of time on our hands.”

“Today you are witnessing things we have never had in Saudi,” he said, “we have 300,000 visitors to our events and our sales have hit 80%.”

Al-Sheikh added that: “Saudi Arabia has never seen anything like Riyadh Season we have over 400 sponsors and this is unprecedented.”

The GEA head also beamed with pride regarding the results of the Saudi National Day festivities: “I am very pleased with the results of the Saudi National Day.”

Al-Sheikh also said they have named a stadium after singer Mohammed Abdo, also known as the The Artist of Arabs, and also another after singer Abu Baker Salim, who is acknowledged as the father of Khaleeji music. 

“We also bought 42 rides from Winter Wonderland,” Al-Sheikh said.

Actor Jihad Atrash, who did the voice over for Grendizer, said during the opening discussions: “When we started our work in Lebanon a longtime ago in it was a time that Lebanon was at war, grendizer had a noble story to tell.”

“This animation was a call to be proud of Lebanon and their work and subbing the program for the Arab World. First of all the idea of what you are seeing now in entertainment, we are tools by our leader implementing his plan.”

Lebanese actor and TV dubber Wahid Jalal, who was the voice of John Silver of Treasure Island, also joined onstage during the opening event and and had this to say: “Children love heroes and they try to imitate them, in the past years we used to do voice overs for these movies animations.”

He also regaled the crowd by doing another impersonation of Silver’s famous laughter.

 

 


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.