J-pop star miwa brings the spirit of cherry blossom to Jeddah

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Miwa performs at the Anime Village in Jeddah on June 3, 2022. (AN photos)
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Miwa performs at the Anime Village in Jeddah on June 3, 2022. (AN photos)
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Miwa performs at the Anime Village in Jeddah on June 3, 2022. (AN photos)
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A Japanese family wearing kimono thrilled at miwa’s performance at the Anime Village in Jeddah on June 3, 2022. (AN photos)
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A Japanese family wearing kimono thrilled at miwa’s performance at the Anime Village in Jeddah on June 3, 2022. (AN photos)
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Updated 05 June 2022

J-pop star miwa brings the spirit of cherry blossom to Jeddah

J-pop star miwa brings the spirit of cherry blossom to Jeddah
  • The J-pop star performed a bunch of her famous songs, including anime theme tracks
  • miwa took a few minutes to interact with the audience and started by introducing herself in Arabic

JEDDAH: Japanese singer-songwriter miwa summoned up the energy of anime with a visually stunning concert performance at Anime Village in the City Walk zone as part of Jeddah Season 2022.

The J-pop star, whose stage name is spelt with a lowercase “m,” performed several of her most popular songs, including anime themes “Update” from “My Hero Academy” and “Teenage Dream” from “Boruto,” during Friday’s concert — her debut show in the Kingdom.

After the opening song, miwa introduced herself in Arabic, expressing her delight at meeting Saudi fans and exchanging “I love you” phrases with several in the audience.

“This is the first time for me to have a show in Saudi Arabia, I’m so happy to be here,” the 31-year-old said.

“I really hope you enjoy tonight,” she added before picking up a guitar and singing.

Miwa also sang her first single, “Don’t Cry Anymore,” written 13 years ago for her debut album.

The performer has gone on to release six studio albums, one compilation album, seven video albums and 25 singles.

“I feel really great,” said 22-year-old Alanood, who traveled from Riyadh to see miwa perform. “But, sadly, I couldn’t stay until the end of the concert because I had to catch my flight.”

Miwa announced on Twitter on Tuesday that she planned to perform live in the Kingdom. Anime Village’s official Twitter account also posted a short video of the singer telling Saudi fans that she was looking forward to meeting them.

“I’m very excited because this is my first time to be in Saudi Arabia,” the artist said. “I think this is a first for you guys as well.”

A Japanese family living in the Kingdom attended the concert dressed in traditional summer festival-themed kimonos and carrying tiny banners bearing the word “miwa” in Japanese and English.

“I’m very surprised to see her here and hear her real voice,” said Kenta Hara, 41.

“This is my first time (to see miwa), so I’m really really impressed and excited.”

His wife Miki, 45, said that she was overwhelmed at seeing one of her favorite artists.

“This is fantastic,” she said. “I love miwa. Her voice is very beautiful, like a bird, and her songs are very good.”

Miwa sang the theme song of the anime movie “Child of Kamiari Month” and also performed her 2022 release “Sparkle,” saying the song was a personal favorite.

Before the final song, miwa told the audience: “I want to thank you for being part of my life and I hope to see you again.”

The singer has also appeared on the big screen, playing the supporting heroine Amane Tachibana in 2015’s “Maestro!” and lead heroine Aoi Hinata in the 2017 release “The 100th Love with You.”

Miwa’s first overseas concert took place in Paris, where she performed at Parc du Champ-de-Mars at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in 2014. The show was part of a global campaign to help victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, one of Japan’s worst-ever natural disasters.


Saudi, Italian space agencies sign MoU

Saudi, Italian space agencies sign MoU
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Saudi, Italian space agencies sign MoU

Saudi, Italian space agencies sign MoU
  • MoU signed on sidelines of joint Saud-Italian commission

ROME: The Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Saudi Space Commission (SSC) have signed a cooperation agreement on Monday in Riyadh during the visit of the Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the president of ASI, Giorgio Saccoccia, and by the CEO of the SSC, Mohammed Al-Tamimi, on the sidelines of the 12th Italian-Saudi Joint Commission chaired by Di Maio and the Saudi finance minister, Mohammed Al-Jadaan.

The agreement will foster collaboration between the two nations on projects of common interest in Earth observation, technology and communication in deep space, scientific missions and human exploration programs, as well as joint efforts in satellites and training.

“ASI and SSC agree to cooperate through the exchange of information and scientific data, the joint organization of seminars and workshops and the development of joint projects and research activities,” a spokesman for ASI told Arab News.

The Memorandum of Understanding has an initial duration of five years and may be subject to a further extension.


KAU, Nahdi partner to train future Saudi pharmacists

KAU, Nahdi partner to train future Saudi pharmacists
Updated 27 June 2022

KAU, Nahdi partner to train future Saudi pharmacists

KAU, Nahdi partner to train future Saudi pharmacists
  • Deal will advance education, training and research programs
  • More than 100 internship opportunities opened for students 

RIYADH: King Abdulaziz University and Nahdi Medical Company have partnered to train future Saudi pharmacists and further the role of youth in the economic development of the Kingdom.

A memorandum of understanding signing ceremony took place at the King Abdulaziz University with Prof. Hani Asfour, dean of the faculty of pharmacy at KAU, and Samer Bokharee, chief human resources officer at Nahdi.

Commenting on the partnership, Asfour said: “It is vital that as a community we acknowledge the integral role a pharmacist plays in providing therapeutic and advisory services to patients, especially amidst as challenging times as the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Nahdi Medical Company, who are investing in preparing the nation’s young men and women for the labor market, creating job opportunities, and raising the level of Saudization of this vital sector in line with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030,” he added.

Commenting on the partnership, Bokharee said: “With mutual objectives, this cooperation aims to nurture young, ambitious Saudi pharmaceutical students at KAU and provide them an opportunity to develop their proficiencies through our training and recruitment programs.

“We believe every pharmacist plays a pivotal role in our industry, given that pharmacies are the first touch point for most guests. We are equipping future pharmacists with the right set of skills and knowledge in our continuous pursuit to add beats to the lives of our guests. Nahdi remains committed to delivering intensive training workshops to students and has employed more than 600 Saudi students across the Kingdom,” he added.

Bokharee said that the excellence program offered by Nahdi will provide future pharmacists with real-life career experiences and intensive training sessions at community pharmacies under the supervision of certified trainers.

Applicants will have the chance to apply for full-time career opportunities at Nahdi once their training courses are completed.

Postgraduates and academics from the college of pharmacy at KAU will be granted access to data from more than 1,100 pharmacies across the Kingdom, as well as real-time interaction with more than 5 million guests per year.

Nahdi Medical Company is the largest retail pharmacy chain in Saudi Arabia and boasts a growing healthcare services platform. The company has partnered with more than 15 private and public universities across the Kingdom since 2008 in efforts directed toward training and research.

The strategic deal between KAU and Nahdi underscores the spirit of industry-academic collaboration and the role of Saudi youth in the economic development of the Kingdom.


Sky’s limit for Jeddah Season balloon-flight visitors

Sky’s limit for Jeddah Season balloon-flight visitors
Updated 27 June 2022

Sky’s limit for Jeddah Season balloon-flight visitors

Sky’s limit for Jeddah Season balloon-flight visitors

JEDDAH: The sky’s the limit for visitors to the Jeddah Season of activities where tethered balloon trips are offering them a bird’s-eye view of the city.

Up to 29 passengers can take to the air with an Aerophile-certified pilot for rides lasting around 10 minutes in the 150-meter-high balloon located in City Walk, one of the festival zones.

The helium balloon, which is 22.46 meters in diameter, is anchored to the ground by ropes. Flights are dependent on weather conditions.


First Moroccan pilgrims arrive in Jeddah through Makkah Route Initiative

First Moroccan pilgrims arrive in Jeddah through Makkah Route Initiative
A Moroccan pilgrim breezes through the immigration line at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, thanks to the Mak
Updated 27 June 2022

First Moroccan pilgrims arrive in Jeddah through Makkah Route Initiative

First Moroccan pilgrims arrive in Jeddah through Makkah Route Initiative
  • Morocco is the fifth country to participate in the Makkah Route Initiative, after Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh

JEDDAH: King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah received its first Moroccan pilgrims through the Makkah Route Initiative.

They departed from the Makkah Route hall at Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca and were greeted by Moroccan Consul General Ibrahim Ajouli, Col. Suleiman Mohammed Al-Yusuf, and representatives from the initiative at KAIA.

The Makkah Route Initiative was launched for the first time this year in Morocco, adding to the four countries already participating in the project: Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

A Moroccan pilgrim gets gets "processed" without hassle at the immigration desk of the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. (SPA)

It aims to simplify procedures for pilgrims by issuing e-visas, completing passport procedures at the airport of the country of departure following the completion of health requirements, and dealing with luggage procedures, transport, and accommodation.

Upon arrival, pilgrims directly move to buses transporting them to their accommodation in Makkah and Madinah while authorities deliver their luggage to their lodgings.

Serving pilgrims is one of the Interior Ministry's programs contributing toward Vision 2030.

The initiative was first launched in 2019 in a few airports and expanded this year, saving pilgrims up to 12 hours upon arrival at Saudi airports.

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Makkah Route Initiative

Inaugurated by King Salman in 2019, the Makkah Route Initiative is a program that seeks to provide visitors to the holy sites in Saudi Arabia with the finest possible services to help them perform their Hajj rituals easily and comfortably. Five countries are currently participating in the initiative: Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Morocco, and Bangladesh.


Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah port receives last group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims 

Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah port receives last group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims 
Updated 27 June 2022

Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah port receives last group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims 

Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah port receives last group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims 
  • Onboard the ship “Amana", 1,183 pilgrims were received by port senior officials and were greeted with rose bouquets, gifts, and souvenirs

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Jeddah Islamic port received the last batch of Sudanese pilgrims traveling by sea, the Saudi Press Agency said early Monday.

Onboard the ship “Amana", 1,183 pilgrims were received by port senior officials and were greeted with rose bouquets, gifts, and souvenirs.

The port received the first group of Hajj pilgrims traveling by ship from Sudan on June 16.

(SPA)

The Red Sea port has started receiving Hajj pilgrims amid a slew of services that include advanced devices for inspecting and transporting pilgrims’ luggage to the arrival terminals and waiting halls.

Modern buses to transport pilgrims, part of which are allocated to transporting patients and the elderly, were also present at the port.

(SPA)

The pilgrims who arrived by sea at Jeddah port expressed their happiness with the warm reception they experienced and the smooth and easy completion of their arrival procedures.

They expressed their gratitude to the Saudi government for its interest and care for pilgrims coming from all parts of the world to fulfill the fifth pillar of Islam.