After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Riyadh Season restarts with a bang 

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Riyadh Season restarts with a bang 
Riyadh Season chairman Turki Al-Sheikh (Twitter)
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Updated 05 October 2021

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Riyadh Season restarts with a bang 

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Riyadh Season restarts with a bang 
  • Turki Al-Sheikh says Riyadh Season will include with more than 7,500 events
  • Will include 350 theater performances and 76 concerts

RIYADH: Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the board of the General Entertainment Authority and chairman of Riyadh Season, officially launched the countdown to the start of the event in its second year.

Al-Sheikh announced earlier that Riyadh Season would launch on Oct. 20, 2021 and said during a press conference on Monday that the first zone of 14 will open on Oct. 21. 

This year’s event is expected to run until March 2022, with more than 7,500 events that will cover an area of 5.4 million square meters across 14 districts in Riyadh.

 

 

The program includes 70 Arab concerts, six international concerts, ten international exhibitions, 350 theater performances, 18 Arab plays and six international plays, in addition to one free-wrestling championship, two international matches, 100 interactive experiences, 200 restaurants and 70 cafes.

“Four areas out of the 14 will be free for everyone during the season, prices will be competitive,” Al-Sheikh said. “Pricing will be cheaper than other countries by 30-40 percent, so rest assured we are making sure it’s suitable for everyone.”

Attracting more than 1,300 companies, staging 1,500 events, hosting 75,000 visitors, issuing 4,400 licenses and permissions, producing 100,000 jobs and 100,000 trainers, are some of the milestones that the GEA has achieved so far.

“Riyadh boulevard when completed is here to stay throughout the year, and we are making sure to support other companies who have participated in the season to keep running projects all year round as well,” he said. 

During the press conference, Al-Sheikh highlighted other prominent achievements, including nine different types of entertainment licenses, six training and development programs, and financing solutions to stimulate investment among others.

Reflecting this year’s theme “#Imagine_more,” Riyadh Season will bring the world to Saudi Arabia’s thriving capital city and cater to a wide range of age groups and interests.

It has been two years since the last season was launched, yet people still remember the moments they experienced then. Riyadh Season 2019 covered 12 main zones of the capital and six branches around the city, including the biggest fight on the planet, “Clash on the Dunes,” the Insomnia Gaming Festival, a spectacular fireworks display, MDL Beast music festival, and the “Leila, the Land of Imagination” show that brought the season to an end.

Riyadh Season is part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals to diversify the Kingdom’s economy away from oil, transform the country into one of the most important tourists and destination hubs globally, and put Saudi Arabia on the global tourism and leisure map.

Meanwhile, Minister of Commerce and Acting Minister of Media Majid Al-Qasabi reviewed the latest developments locally and internationally during the press conference.

“The pandemic gave us an opportunity to discover special, heritage and tourist sites in our homeland,” he said. “The launching of the human development capability program by his royal highness aims to reinforce the competitiveness of the Saudi citizen on a local and national scale.” 

The minister commented on the Kingdom’s pavilion at the Dubai World Expo 2020, which made its way into the Guinness World Records, winning in three categories. The Riyadh International Book Fair 2021 taking place this week also saw the participation of 1,000 local, Arab and international publishing houses from 28 countries and highlighted more than 1,000,000 books, making it the largest book fair in the region.

On the Japanese Nikkei index, Saudi Arabia was ranked second among 121 countries for recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Non-oil exports hit a record-breaking SR255 billion in the period between June 2020 to June 2021, and Al-Qasabi said that this was a clear indication of reaching Vision 2030 milestones.


Saudi king receives a letter from Oman’s sultan

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received the letter during a meeting with his Omani counterpart, Sayyed Badr Al-Busaidi, in Riyadh, on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (SPA)
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received the letter during a meeting with his Omani counterpart, Sayyed Badr Al-Busaidi, in Riyadh, on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (SPA)
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Saudi king receives a letter from Oman’s sultan

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received the letter during a meeting with his Omani counterpart, Sayyed Badr Al-Busaidi, in Riyadh, on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (SPA)
  • The message dealt with the strong and solid bilateral relations, and ways to enhance them in various fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received a written message from Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, regarding the strong and solid relations between the two countries and peoples, and ways to support and enhance them in various fields and at all levels.
The message was received by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan during a meeting with his Omani counterpart, Sayyed Badr Al-Busaidi, where he welcomed the Omani minister and his delegation accompanying to their second country, Saudi Arabia.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them in various fields, in addition to exchanging views on regional and international issues of common interest.


3 Italians killed in car crash in Saudi Arabia

3 Italians killed in car crash in Saudi Arabia
Updated 18 October 2021

3 Italians killed in car crash in Saudi Arabia

3 Italians killed in car crash in Saudi Arabia
  • The dancers were in Saudi Arabia to inaugurate a theater
  • Their vehicles crashed while on an excursion in the desert

ROME: Three Italian dancers and another person died in a car crash in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, Italy’s Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday.

The dancers, all in their early 30s, were identified as Antonio Caggianelli, Giampiero Giarri and Nicolas Esposto. The fourth victim has not been named.

The dancers were in the Kingdom with a 10-strong all-Italian troupe to inaugurate a theater. Sunday was their day off and they had decided to go on an excursion in the desert.

For reasons as yet unknown, their vehicles crashed into a gully and overturned. Another three Italians were involved in the accident. One is in serious condition while the other two were unhurt.

Caggianelli had a leading role in the latest edition of the Notte della Taranta, one of the most prestigious summer dancing events in southern Italy.


Saudi air force joins UAE combat maneuvers

Saudi air force joins UAE combat maneuvers
Updated 18 October 2021

Saudi air force joins UAE combat maneuvers

Saudi air force joins UAE combat maneuvers
  • The exercise also included air forces from other friendly countries

ABU DHABI: The Saudi Royal Air Force took part in the Missile Air War Center 2021 maneuvers on Sunday in Al-Dhafra Airbase in the UAE.

The exercise also included air forces from other friendly countries.

The exercise commander, Col. Pilot Ayedh Bin Saeed Al-Qahtani, said that the exercises kicked off with the highest levels of professionalism and safety measures.

The Saudi armed forces took advantage of previous experiences in similar exercises, he said, adding that the exercise included several stages and was preceded by the formation of working groups and preparatory meetings.

Al-Qahtani added that the drill aimed to raise the combat readiness level of the Saudi Royal Air Force, as well as enhance the operational ties between the SRAF and the participating counterparts.

He added that the drill included activities ranging from targeting enemy air defenses to tactical air operations, striking hostile targets, detecting and destroying enemy radar sites, intercepting enemy aircraft, and conducting strategic attack operations and air support operations for ground forces.

He noted that the participation of air forces from multiple countries in the drill helped develop scenarios that mimic what can happen on the ground, as it enables the participants to communicate and enhance their practical experiences.


Saudi Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai welcomes 23,000 visitors in one day

Saudi Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai welcomes 23,000 visitors in one day
Updated 18 October 2021

Saudi Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai welcomes 23,000 visitors in one day

Saudi Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai welcomes 23,000 visitors in one day
  • Dr. Khaled bin Hussein Al-Biyari, assistant minister of defense for executive affairs, visited the Saudi and UAE pavilions

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai has received 23,000 visitors in one day, bringing the total number of visits to over 200,000, state news agency SPA reported.

The Commissioner-General of the Saudi Pavilion, Eng. Hussein Hanbaza, said the pavilion has attracted the attention of visitors through its sections and activities that reflect the humanitarian wealth and civil and development components of the Kingdom.

The pavilion has provided visitors with diversified content based on four main pillars: nature, heritage, bio-community, and the economic opportunities that the country offers to the world.

Popular folklore shows also took place at the second biggest pavilion on the expo site.

Meanwhile, Dr. Khaled bin Hussein Al-Biyari, assistant minister of defense for executive affairs, visited the Saudi and UAE pavilions. 

He was received by the Saudi Ambassador to the UAE Turki bin Abdullah Al-Dakhil and the Saudi pavilion chief Eng. Hanbaza.


Saudi Food and Drug Authority wins UN award

Saudi Food and Drug Authority wins UN award
Updated 18 October 2021

Saudi Food and Drug Authority wins UN award

Saudi Food and Drug Authority wins UN award
  • The 2021 award recognized the SFDA’s commitment to realizing its vision of becoming “a leading international science-based regulator to protect and promote public health”

JEDDAH: The Saudi Food and Drug Authority has won a UN award for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases.

It was honored for its efforts to prevent and control these diseases through nutrition-related legislation.

In line with the Vision 2030 Quality of Life Program, the authority set out in 2018 to improve public health and enable consumers to find a variety of healthier food options.

The UN Inter-Agency Task Force Award on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases aims to encourage cooperation between UN bodies and global governments to support efforts in combating noncommunicable diseases associated with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2021 award recognized the SFDA’s commitment to realizing its vision of becoming “a leading international science-based regulator to protect and promote public health.” 

The authority seeks to protect and ensure community safety through regulations and adequate controls of food, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, and pesticides.

Since its launch, the SFDA has worked on several pieces of legislation related to food products and food establishments.

The legislation was introduced to improve the nutritional value of food products in local markets by limiting the consumption of sugar, salt, and fat, and obligating food establishments with menu labeling for calories and allergens.

It also launched several initiatives and awareness campaigns on proper nutrition and the healthy choices available in food and beverages.

The initiatives include the Food Labeling Nutrition Calculator and the revival of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables in food establishments and the workplace.