Jeddah Season opens with spectacular fireworks and drones show

Jeddah Season opens with spectacular fireworks and drones show
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Visitors from across Saudi Arabia enjoy the second edition of the Jeddah Season. (AN photo/Huda Bashatah)
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Visitors from across Saudi Arabia enjoy the second edition of the Jeddah Season. (AN photo/Huda Bashatah)
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Visitors from across Saudi Arabia enjoy the second edition of the Jeddah Season. (AN photo/Huda Bashatah)
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Visitors from across Saudi Arabia enjoy the second edition of the Jeddah Season. (AN photo/Huda Bashatah)
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Visitors from across Saudi Arabia enjoy the second edition of the Jeddah Season. (AN photo/Huda Bashatah)
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Visitors from across Saudi Arabia enjoy the second edition of the Jeddah Season. (AN photo/Huda Bashatah)
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Updated 04 May 2022

Jeddah Season opens with spectacular fireworks and drones show

Jeddah Season opens with spectacular fireworks and drones show
  • Saudi citizens travel from across the country to witness the vibrant festivities
  • Fireworks by the sea decorated the sky with beautiful, complex designs at Jeddah’s Art Promenade

JEDDAH: The second edition of the Jeddah Season kicked off on Monday, showcasing a creative drone display in the shapes of balloons and children on swings — all symbols of Eid Al-Fitr celebration — along with Jeddah’s landmarks.

Fireworks by the sea decorated the sky with beautiful, complex designs at Jeddah’s Art Promenade, and dazzled visitors next to Al-Rahma Mosque, a sentimental landmark for Jeddawis.

Many visitors from Riyadh came to attend the season.

Basma Al-Aqeel, a Riyadh local, drove all the way to enjoy the activities. She said she was very happy to see the return of extravagant seasons in the Kingdom after the repercussions of COVID-19 and its social restrictions.

“It was a very wonderful change after all this quietness, we really needed these activities,” she told Arab News.

“I really enjoyed the fireworks show by the sea, it was a spectacular display and I really do feel like we don’t need to travel abroad anymore to attend such shows,” she added.

The drone show displayed the word “Jeddah” in the Jeddah Season font, and Al-Aqeel said that was her favorite drone image.

Nahla Al-Beeshi commented on the neat organization of the opening day.

“The opening was wonderful as we expected, as if this country did not go through any crisis,” she told Arab News.

Al-Beeshi described the fireworks display as “dreamlike” because of its enchanting designs.

“Every year the fireworks are simply more and more beautiful, as if we were in a beautiful dream,” she said.

“The pictures made with the drones were all beautiful, especially the shape of the diver, the fish, and the shape of the swing because it gave me a feeling of freedom and happiness,” she added.

She said the taste of Eid is back with these high-quality festivities, adding that the seasons will boost the Kingdom’s popularity for tourism. 

“The seasons are imaginative and up to international standards, and soon we will be number one for tourist destinations, with the efforts of the Kingdom’s leadership and its people. Thank you from the heart for bringing Eid back,” she said.

Ahmed Al-Mali, a Jeddawi who lives in Riyadh, traveled back to his city for the activities. He said he has never attended a fireworks show before Jeddah Season’s opening day.

“It’s the first time in my life that I have attended a fireworks show like this; the drones and the fireworks together were an amazing show and so beautiful,” he told Arab News.

Al-Mali highlighted that the Kingdom’s entertainment field had evolved significantly for job opportunities as well.

“I’m in the engineering field, but I love the field of entertainment and I work in it as well. This field is really developing and has great opportunities for both men and women,” he added.


Saudi’s Manga Productions fulfilling local artists’ dreams

Saudi’s Manga Productions fulfilling local artists’ dreams
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Saudi’s Manga Productions fulfilling local artists’ dreams

Saudi’s Manga Productions fulfilling local artists’ dreams
  • High quality content created, says CEO Essam Bukhary
  • Future’s Folktales season two, and a mobile game coming soon

RIYADH: It all began with a dream and now Manga Productions boasts its first anime movie, “The Journey,” which premiered in 2021, and is working on Future’s Folktales season two, and a mobile game that should be released this year.

Speaking on The Mayman Show, Dr. Essam Bukhary, CEO of the company, a subsidiary of the Mohammed bin Salman Foundation, or Misk, said he has fond memories of how it all started.

It was in 2017, the year the firm was founded, that the company decided to hold talks with a leading Japanese counterpart.

“So the first step was to negotiate with Toei Animation, convince them (of) the idea. They liked it. They accepted the offer. But we had one important condition in the contract. Which is providing opportunities for internship for Saudi talent,” explained Bukhary.

 

Initially a competition was held in the Arab world to determine which project to back.

The company met in Riyadh with Shimizu Shinji, a former board member of Toei Animation, who became the executive producer of “The Journey.”

After that meeting, Manga Productions started hiring the first group of artists from Saudi Arabia to work on the project.

The students were sent to become interns in Japan for two months. “After that, we hired them to start working hand in hand with our Japanese partners.

“In 2017, we signed the contract with Toei Animation during the Misk Global Forum to officially start the production of ‘The Journey’ movie,” said Bukhary.

 

Bukhary said the “high quality” film was made in Saudi and demonstrated the talent and commitment of the young artists.

He recalled how Manga Productions sent 1,300 retakes to Toei Animation, which led a board member to praise the team for producing such quality that “we don’t even think about in Japan.”

He said the movie was an amazing experience because it was a collaboration involving two companies with totally different cultures, languages, art styles, and even age. “Toei Animation’s experts were in their 50s and 60s where Manga Productions’ team were in their 20s and early 30s,” he explained.

 

The plot of the movie revolves around one man trying to defend his city, Makkah, against a huge army. The hero has a dark past but uses his skills to overcome his adversaries.

Manga Productions focuses on animation, video games, and comics. They have two offices, in Saudi Arabia and Japan.

Bukhary is also editor-in-chief for Manga Arabia and has a doctorate in technology and innovation management. He is also the co-chair of the executive committee of the Mohammed bin Salman Center for Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo.

 


Saudi Arabia relief agency launches food security project for refugees in Jordan

Saudi Arabia relief agency launches food security project for refugees in Jordan
Updated 19 August 2022

Saudi Arabia relief agency launches food security project for refugees in Jordan

Saudi Arabia relief agency launches food security project for refugees in Jordan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s relief work for Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Jordan continues with the launch of a food security project for the displaced living outside camps

The Kingdom’s latest project, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), aims to help refugee families and the neediest people in the host community, and contributing to improving their living conditions, according to a report from state news agency SPA.

Among KSRelief’s efforts for refugees in Jordan includes a $1.33 million agreement with the King Hussein Cancer Foundation to treat Syrians diagnosed with cancer; a $2 million accord with the National Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition to boost food security for poor families as well as a pact with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization to provide housing and utilities support for 22 Syrian families involving 109 individuals.


Saudi Arabia reiterates gratitude for Uzbekistan’s support of Expo 2030 bid 

Saudi Arabia reiterates gratitude for Uzbekistan’s support of Expo 2030 bid 
Updated 19 August 2022

Saudi Arabia reiterates gratitude for Uzbekistan’s support of Expo 2030 bid 

Saudi Arabia reiterates gratitude for Uzbekistan’s support of Expo 2030 bid 

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman thanked Uzbekistan for supporting Riyadh’s bid to host the World Expo 2030, during a meeting with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported citing a joint statement. 

The meeting between the two leaders, held in Jeddah on Wednesday, reviewed the countries’ relations and ways to enhance bilateral ties, a joint statement between the two countries said. 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Mirziyoyev also emphasized the importance of exploring investment opportunities between their two countries, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals and Uzbekistan’s development goals.


Uzbekistan’s President performs Umrah during official trip to Saudi Arabia

Uzbekistan’s President performs Umrah during official trip to Saudi Arabia
Updated 19 August 2022

Uzbekistan’s President performs Umrah during official trip to Saudi Arabia

Uzbekistan’s President performs Umrah during official trip to Saudi Arabia

MAKKAH: The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev performed the Umrah pilgrimage on Thursday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. 

The president was received by several officials from the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque and from the Special Force for the Security of the Grand Mosque upon his arrival. 

Mirziyoyev’s official press service shared photos from the president’s pilgrimage on Twitter. 

 

The Uzbek president had arrived in Jeddah on Wednesday, where he was received by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

The pair held a meeting and discussed bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields, in addition to reviewing a number of issues of common interest. 


Saudi crown prince receives Iraq’s Wisdom Movement leader

Saudi crown prince receives Iraq’s Wisdom Movement leader
Updated 19 August 2022

Saudi crown prince receives Iraq’s Wisdom Movement leader

Saudi crown prince receives Iraq’s Wisdom Movement leader
  • The pair discussed Saudi-Iraqi relations and issues of mutual interest

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received in Jeddah Iraq’s National Wisdom Movement leader Ammar Al-Hakim, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Friday.

The pair discussed Saudi-Iraqi relations and issues of mutual interest.

Al-Hakim arrived in Jeddah on Wednesday and was received by deputy minister of foreign affairs Waleed Al-Khuraiji.

Saudi and Iraqi senior officials attended the meeting.