Saudi Culture Ministry signs partnership with classical singer Andrea Bocelli

Through its partnership with the Andrea Bocelli Foundation the culture ministry aims to empower participants and their communities through music. (SPA)
Updated 14 November 2019

Saudi Culture Ministry signs partnership with classical singer Andrea Bocelli

  • The partnership is part of his work with UNESCO program "Voices of the World" giving singing lessons to children
  • The program aims to boost emotional and social support for children through creating regional musical bands

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture has signed a partnership with the foundation of classical singer superstar Andrea Bocelli.

The partnership is part of his work with UNESCO program "Voices of the World" giving singing lessons to children.

The program aims to boost emotional and social support for children through creating regional musical bands alongside various learning activities.

Through its partnership with the Andrea Bocelli Foundation the culture ministry aims to empower participants and their communities through music, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Bocelli is considered the world’s most famous classical singer and was the best-selling classical artist between 1997 and 2004.

Abdel Rab Idris, head of the National Music Ensemble at the Saudi Ministry of Culture, expressed his pride in being part of the project.

“We are delighted to be part of the Voices of the World program to support music education in Middle Eastern communities, and in the coming years, we look forward to contributing to the sustainable development of our Arab region through the project,” he said.

The Voices of the World project will be implemented in the coming years in the Middle East.


Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

Updated 12 August 2020

Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

  • Aviation chiefs issue official denial after fake circular says passengers can fly to and from Kingdom from October

RIYADH: A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as “completely baseless and fabricated” by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
Rumors that international flights will shortly return have been circulating on social media in recent weeks without any official statement from GACA.
On Tuesday, the authority denied announcing the resumption of international flights and said information being circulated was fabricated.
Saudi Arabia suspended international flights from March 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since domestic flights restarted on May 31, rumors have been circulating regarding the return of international flights. On Monday, the bogus GACA circular was shared on various social media platforms suggesting flights into and out of Saudi Arabia would resume in October. It sparked a flurry of speculation.
The circular, titled “No flights till October 2020,” said: “An employee of the GACA has stated in a recent interview that all international flights to and from the Kingdom are to remain suspended till the month of October.” Quoting a GACA official, the circular said that the decision was subject to the number of coronavirus cases, which must “come down to three digits.”
GACA official spokesman Ibrahim bin Abdullah Alrwosa told Arab News the circular “is completely baseless and fabricated.”
He shared a tweet from the authority’s public relations department describing the circular as incorrect.
The civil aviation authority has previously said there is no specific date for the resumption of international flights, he added.
All international flights remain suspended until further notice.
However, exceptions have been made for humanitarian assistance and emergency cases, medical evacuation flights and repatriation of stranded citizens and expatriates wanting to return home.