DJs are rocking in Saudi Arabia ... and so is the shopping

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Up to 100 DJs pumping out electronic dance music across five stages until the early hours of the morning. (Supplied)
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Up to 100 DJs pumping out electronic dance music across five stages until the early hours of the morning. (Supplied)
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Up to 100 DJs pumping out electronic dance music across five stages until the early hours of the morning. (Supplied)
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Updated 21 December 2019

DJs are rocking in Saudi Arabia ... and so is the shopping

  • The festival’s Retail Therapy area has several booths set up by local vendors offering clothing, jewelry and even perfumes for people to try

RIYADH: Up to 100 DJs pumping out electronic dance music across five stages until the early hours of the morning make the MDL Beast Festival every music fan’s dream.

However, with 10 hours of nonstop music playing to the crowds every night, it’s only natural that people might want to take a break from the high-energy tunes.

Fortunately, MDL Beast has them covered.

The festival’s Retail Therapy area has several booths set up by local vendors offering clothing, jewelry and even perfumes for people to try.

Handmade Saudi-inspired jewelry, T-shirts and hoodies with quirky slogans and designs, and traditional Saudi scents are expected to be especially popular.

Two booths in the shopping area will help festivalgoers get their glam on with face painting, glitter makeup, colorful beaded braids and even henna designs on their hands.

Branded festival merchandise, ranging from T-shirts and reusable water bottles to MDL Beast bandanas, will also be on sale at two locations.

STC, the Kingdom’s biggest telecom provider, has set up a mini-stage at its main booth, with contests and prizes for visitors.

However, the company’s biggest and most appreciated contribution to MDL Beast has been its soundproof booths and charging stations, which are spread around the festival area, allowing people to make calls comfortably without having to shout over the constant music.


Saudi foreign minister calls for ‘transparent and independent’ Beirut explosion investigation

Updated 09 August 2020

Saudi foreign minister calls for ‘transparent and independent’ Beirut explosion investigation

  • Prince Faisal bin Farhan told an emergency donors conference that Saudi Arabia stands with Lebanon
  • Minister condemns 'destructive hegemony' of Hezbollah, which has history of storing explosive materials among civilians

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia called for a transparent and independent investigation into the Beirut explosion, the Kingdom’s foreign minister said on Sunday.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan told an emergency donors conference that Saudi Arabia stands with Lebanon. He described the explosion that killed more than 150 people as “horrific.”

Prince Faisal said strong state institutions that work for the interests of the Lebanese people are vital to the reform required to guarantee Lebanon's political and economic future.
“The continued destructive hegemony of the terrorist organization Hezbollah worries us all, and we all know this organization’s history of using explosive materials and storing them among civilians in several Arab and European countries and in north and south America.”
“Lebanon is in dire need of comprehensive and urgent political and economic reform to ensure that this terrible disaster will not occur again,” he said.

He added that four planes carrying Saudi aid have arrived in Beirut.
The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has provided 290 tons of medical equipment, food supplies and housing materials.

The conference was hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.