Vans Middle East spotlights face behind Saudi’s emerging skate scene

Jeddah-based skateboarder Ali Bin Mahfouz stars in new Vans Middle East video. (Instagram)
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Updated 19 February 2020

Vans Middle East spotlights face behind Saudi’s emerging skate scene

DUBAI: Vans Middle East has just unveiled the second installment of its “Keys to the Kingdom” video series, which highlights the emerging skateboard culture in Saudi Arabia. The first video was shared via the cult streetwear brand’s YouTube page in December.

The sequel is a four-minute-long clip that stars young Jeddah-based skateboarder Ali Bin Mahfouz, who opens up about his involvement in the subculture and the ways he sees the scene evolving.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“For a long time, we’ve been searching for a place to express our love for skating,” he shared in the video.

“I saw some skateboarding videos on YouTube and I noticed it wasn’t something done regularly in my community, so I decided to build my own rails, funbox and mini ramps and learnt how to use it myself,” he explained, sharing that he searched all of Jeddah for a skateboard to no avail before ultimately purchasing one online.

“I am positive that having a skatepark will bring everyone together,” noted Bin Mahfouz, who revealed the obstacles he faced when it came to finding a place to skate freely.  “Even the people who don’t know about skateboarding, they are welcome to watch and learn about what we’re doing.”

Watch the full video below. 

 


Lebanese superstar Fairuz posts video ‘praying for humanity to be saved from coronavirus’

Updated 03 April 2020

Lebanese superstar Fairuz posts video ‘praying for humanity to be saved from coronavirus’

  • The video shows the singer seated in the corner of a room in what is presumed to be her home, reading Psalm 10:1 from the Bible
  • As of Friday, Lebanon’s total number of coronavirus cases stood at 508, with the death toll at 17

LONDON: Lebanese superstar Fairuz released a video on Friday of her praying in her home for humanity to be saved from the coronavirus pandemic.
The video, which was published on her Fairuz Productions YouTube page, shows the singer seated in the corner of a room in what is presumed to be her home, reading Psalm 10:1 from the Bible.
“Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” she reads.
Lebanon is currently on lockdown with security forces issuing fines for everyone that violates the rules. As of Friday, the country’s total number of coronavirus cases stood at 508, with the death toll at 17.