Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia
Jackie Chan thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country. (File/AFP)
Updated 20 October 2019

Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia
  • Jackie Chan expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television

DUBAI: Hong Kong martial artist and actors Jackie Chan, who was recently in Riyadh to accept a Joy Excellence award, is looking forward to filming movies in Saudi Arabia, Chinese press has reported.

The actor also told the crowd gathered at the Joy Forum19, which gathered entertainment promoters and industry pioneers along with global stars including Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan and Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme, that he had found a location in the Kingdom to make another action film.

“It’s my first time in Saudi, and I know it’s a big country. After only a few hours [travelling] here and looking at locations I know there’s a good place for car chasing, explosions, action; so, next time, I hope to come back with my crew,” Chan said.

The movie legend also thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country, and expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television.


Saudi funding for training exceeds job seeker payouts for first time since 2011

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Saudi funding for training exceeds job seeker payouts for first time since 2011

Saudi funding for training exceeds  job seeker payouts for first time  since 2011

JEDDAH: Saudi funding for employment and training programs in November exceeded job seekers’ payment support for the first time since 2011.
Last month, a total of SR249 million ($66 million) was spent on employment and training compared to SR215 million through the Hafiz program.

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Last month, a total of SR249 million ($66 million) was spent on employment and training compared to SR215 million through the Hafiz program.

According to figures released on Wednesday by the Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf), more than SR488 million was deposited by the fund into the bank accounts of 319,000 beneficiaries and SR473 million was pumped into the Hafiz program during November of last year.
Officials said the success of the Hafiz scheme had helped to reduce the number of beneficiaries of the program. At the start of the year, Hadaf implemented a strategic partnership with the Kingdom’s private sector while also developing and improving support initiatives and introducing quality programs to meet the needs of the labor market.