Saudi DJs play alongside international stars at Gamers8

Saudi DJs play alongside international stars at Gamers8
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Reggaeton artist Ozuna, from Puerto Rico, told the thrilled NXT LVL crowd at Gamers8 in Riyadh: “I love the energy, I love the country, I love being here.” (Supplied)
Saudi DJs play alongside international stars at Gamers8
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Enthusiastic crowd watch performances of Saudi DJs and international stars at a Gamers8 thrilling night. (Supplied)
Saudi DJs play alongside international stars at Gamers8
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Finishing off with top track I Love It, American rapper Lil Pump gave the packed crowd plenty to love with an incredible performance. (Supplied)
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Featuring hit tunes Are You With Me and Where Are You Now, Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies put on a show that went down an absolute treat with dance lovers. (Supplied)
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Updated 29 July 2022

Saudi DJs play alongside international stars at Gamers8

Saudi DJs play alongside international stars at Gamers8

RIYADH: In yet another exciting night at the Gamers8 event, Lil Pump, Lost Frequencies, Ozuna, Malkin, and Emad dazzled with an amazing show on Thursday amid cheers from the crowd at Boulevard Riyadh City.

On July 28, at NXT LVL at Gamers8, Jeddah-based DJ Malkin and fellow Saudi musician Emad played a back-to-back set to get things started.

“What I love about making electronic music is the way the sound is created, which is not easy, so I loved that, I challenged myself, and I’m really happy to be performing at such an event,” DJ Malkin told Arab News.

“It’s a great chance for Saudi DJs to perform at an event where the attendees are our target market. It’s also a good opportunity for local DJs to shine and go global, like when we performed today with international stars,” DJ Emad said.

Lil Pump, an American rapper, gave a phenomenal performance to an enthusiastic crowd, concluding with the top track “I Love It.”

Ozuna, a Puerto Rican reggaeton artist, told the ecstatic crowd after his hit-filled performance: “I love the energy, I love the country, I love being here.”

The crowd moved along to Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies’ performance of his most popular tracks, “Are You With Me” and “Where Are You Now.”

Organized in Riyadh by the Saudi Esports Federation, Gamers8 — the largest gaming and esports event in the world — brings esports gaming teams and experts from all over the world to participate in a series of tournaments, including Fortnite and Dota 2, with the promise of a pool prize of $15 million.

The Fortnite competition, which started on Thursday, has some of the world’s best gaming teams competing for total prize money of $2 million.

The four-day tournament will see the winners of both the Zero Build mode and the Standard version taking home $250,000 each.


It’s business time as Saudi entrepreneurs try to make it big

It’s business time as Saudi entrepreneurs try to make it big
Ibrahim Al-Rashid, CEO of the Social Development Bank, wears virtual reality glasses during the inauguration of the Souq Addar e
Updated 27 September 2022

It’s business time as Saudi entrepreneurs try to make it big

It’s business time as Saudi entrepreneurs try to make it big
  • The exhibitions allow entrepreneurs to display their handmade and unique goods until Oct. 7
  • The bank is hoping to enable businesses to grow big enough to take part in regional and international exhibitions

RIYADH: Artists and pottery makers are among a host of talented Saudis displaying their work at a Riyadh event to promote and support the Kingdom’s small-business entrepreneurs.
The Social Development Bank’s Souq Addar exhibition has opened as the centerpiece of a countrywide initiative to promote “microenterprises” in 36 cities.
The exhibitions allow entrepreneurs to display their handmade and unique goods until Oct. 7, while also helping the bank to promote the products locally and internationally.
Shereen Al-Abdulrahman, the SBD’s products and program development manager, told Arab News that the bank is hoping to enable businesses to grow big enough to take part in regional and international exhibitions.
Visitors to Souq Addar admired the work of Hadeel Al-Mazrou, who said her hobby of creating art out of nails and thread had developed over the last five years into a rewarding business. So far, she has created 500 unique pieces.
The artist said she is passionate about her business, and her husband is “proud of my work and even asked me to make a special artwork for him to put in his office.”
Dhai Al-Habib, who creates pottery inspired by the Kingdom’s heritage, said she had gone from a novice to a business owner in three years. “My father was the biggest supporter in every step of my project,” she added.
Her biggest order so far, for 125 pieces, was from a local coffee shop, she said, adding: “People like new things, especially if the products are handmade.”
Aside from providing an income, Al-Habib said she also finds her work therapeutic as “it’s a talent that removes all of life’s pressures.”
She told Arab News that people should never underestimate what they can do with their talents and hobbies, “because there’s nothing more beautiful than working in a field you love.”
Ibrahim Al-Rashid, CEO of the SDB, inaugurated the Souq Addar exhibition in the presence of officials, participants and guests.
The bank also announced that it will launch the first community kitchen in Saudi Arabia next month.
 


First Qur’anic verse beamed into Makkah sky with lasers

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Updated 27 September 2022

First Qur’anic verse beamed into Makkah sky with lasers

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  • “Throughout history, it was called Mount Hira, but it has been named Jabal Al-Noor in reference to the light that radiated throughout the earth after the first verse of the Holy Qur’an, ‘Read in the name of thy Lord who created,’ was revealed”

MAKKAH: Residents of Makkah have been treated to a laser light display that filled the sky with the first Qur’anic verse revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

The verse was beamed over the district of Jabal Al-Noor, 4 km northeast of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and home to the Cave of Hira, where the prophet received the first revelation by the Angel Gabriel.

Dr. Fawaz Al-Dahas, director of the Makkah History Center, said: “Jabal Al-Noor has a historical value for Muslims in general, and is one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in Makkah.

“Throughout history, it was called Mount Hira, but it has been named Jabal Al-Noor (Mount of Light) in reference to the light that radiated throughout the earth after the first verse of the Holy Qur’an, ‘Read in the name of thy Lord who created,’ was revealed.”

He added that the prophet remained secluded for days at Jabal Al-Noor, reflecting on God’s greatness and rejecting polytheism.

Al-Dahas said: “What distinguishes Makkah from the rest of the world’s cities is that it is an open museum. All its mountains, valleys, rocks and cemeteries represent a unique history, telling immortal stories of the prophet and his honorable companions.”

Abdullah Al-Azhari, a resident of Jabal Al-Noor, said: “The first revealed verse of the Holy Qur’an with laser lights on Jabal Al-Noor gave a spiritual dimension to the place, adding prestige and veneration.”

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 aims to enrich the religious and cultural experience of visitors, especially at sites that hold historical importance for Muslims.

The laser display was organized by Samaya Investment Co., which is also building two cultural projects in Makkah: A Museum of Revelation in Jabal Al-Noor and a Museum of Migration.

The cultural centers aim to acquaint visitors with the history and legacy of the prophet’s mission, through presentations from the pre-Islamic era to the present.

Under the direct supervision of the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites and other agencies, work has also begun to establish the Hira Cultural District on an area of more than 67,000 sq. meters.

It will comprise many cultural and tourist spots such as the Revelation Gallery and the Holy Qur’an Museum.

The gallery, one of the main parts of the Hira Cultural District, will highlight the revelations to the prophet through an advanced technical presentation, and the museum will highlight the Holy Qur’an’s content through presentations.  

Mohammed Al-Hussaini, a local resident, said: “The great cultural projects would put an end to the randomness that we used to live in. The place will become more organized and have a civilized look.

“We are eagerly waiting for the completion of the entire project, which will reflect spiritually, socially and culturally on the place.”

 

 


King Salman appoints Crown Prince as Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia

King Salman appoints Crown Prince as Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia
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King Salman appoints Crown Prince as Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia

King Salman appoints Crown Prince as Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia
  • Prince Khalid bin Salman appointed defense minister
  • SABIC CEO Yousef bin Abdullah Al-Bunyan becomes minister of education

RIYADH: King Salman ordered on Tuesday the appointment of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia as part of a cabinet reshuffle, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Under royal decrees issued by the king, Prince Khalid bin Salman will become Defense Minister amidst a cabinet reshuffle, SPA added.

The reshuffle also saw the appointment of Yousef bin Abdullah Al-Bunyan as Minister of Education.

The ministers keeping their positions are the energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, minister of investment Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, minister of interior Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud and minister of finance Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan.

Prince Abdullah bin Bandar also remains as minister of the National Guard, Walid Al-Samaani stays in his role as Minister of Justice, while Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh is also remaining Minister of Islamic Affairs. 

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan will remain as Minister of Culture, and Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal keeps his role as Minister of Sports.

Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah will also stay in his role as Minister of Hajj and Umrah, while Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi also remains as Minister of Commerce.

Elsewhere, Bandar bin Ibrahim Al-Khorayef stays minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, Ahmed Al-Khateeb as minister of Tourism, Faisal bin Fadhil Alibrahim as minister of Economy and Planning, and Fahd bin Abdulrahman Al-Jalajel as Minister of Health.

The SPA report also stated that any Saudi cabinet session attended by King Salman will remain chaired by the king.

 


Saudi Arabia to chair 36th session of UN fisheries committee

People shop for fish at seafood vendors in a market in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
People shop for fish at seafood vendors in a market in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Updated 27 September 2022

Saudi Arabia to chair 36th session of UN fisheries committee

People shop for fish at seafood vendors in a market in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
  • The ministry has spent years working to boost the fisheries sector, establishing a national program to protect fish stocks and the industry as a whole

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has been elected to chair the 36th session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s fisheries committee to be held in Rome in 2024.

Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture officials noted that the 126-member-state committee voted unanimously for the Kingdom in recognition of its leading role in supporting international efforts to promote sustainable fishing and aquaculture.

The ministry has spent years working to boost the fisheries sector, establishing a national program to protect fish stocks and the industry as a whole. Help has included the provision of concessional loans to assist small-scale fishermen with the purchase of boats, along with initiatives to modernize fishing ports in the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf.

The national program has so far helped to increase exports of farmed products to more than 35 countries.

It has also operated specialized centers in Saudi Arabia and internationally and supported the establishment of cooperative societies to promote sustainable fishing management practices among sector workers.

In addition, the ministry has backed coastal rural development schemes and promoted aquaculture, the controlled cultivation of fish and other aquatic organisms.

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, Saudi permanent representative to FAO, will chair the 36th session of the fisheries committee, with vice chairs from New Zealand, the US, Norway, Chile, Malaysia, and Senegal.

The committee on fisheries is an intergovernmental forum where the organization’s members meet to review and examine issues and challenges of fisheries and aquaculture. It was established in 1965 and consists of the sub-committees on aquaculture, and the fish trade.

 


Taif in driving seat to promote Saudi tourism: Development fund executive

Taif in driving seat to promote Saudi tourism: Development fund executive
Updated 27 September 2022

Taif in driving seat to promote Saudi tourism: Development fund executive

Taif in driving seat to promote Saudi tourism: Development fund executive
  • Taif is a popular summer destination for local and regional tourists drawn by its pleasant weather, hiking trails, picnic spots, and rich history
  • The city is also known for agri-tourism, and its rose production has earned it the title City of Roses

JEDDAH: More than 200 business leaders on Monday attended a Saudi Tourism Development Fund event aimed at promoting investment opportunities.

The fund’s first roadshow, Discover Beyond Taif, was held at the city’s Iridium Hotel.

Located 1,879 meters above sea level in the Makkah region, Taif is a popular summer destination for local and regional tourists drawn by its pleasant weather, hiking trails, picnic spots, and rich history. The city is also known for agri-tourism, and its rose production has earned it the title City of Roses.

Khalid Al-Sharif, the fund’s associate director of coverage of large institutions, said: “The Tourism Development Fund was established in 2020, and since then the Kingdom has gone through a huge transformation in the tourism industry.”

He noted that Taif had been selected to stage the fund’s first roadshow because of its strategic location.

“It has been one of the hotspots of tourism in the Kingdom for a long time. We believe our presence here is very important to introduce our services and ourselves to the people in Taif, and the people interested in investing in Taif,” he added.

The fund provides guidance and financial support to those interested in investing in the city.

“We believe that both options are very important for investors so we can support them from the beginning. If you have just a small idea, we will help you develop this idea to see it into reality,” Al-Sharif said.

Financial backing can be provided through direct funding, guarantees, or direct equity.

The TDF works with partners including the Arab National Bank, and Riyad Bank, in addition to government bodies such as Kafalah and Monsha’at.

“We all have the one same objective that is to promote tourism in Saudi Arabia and invest in tourism in Saudi Arabia. And since we are in Taif, we need to invest in Taif and take advantage of the amazing weather, geography, great people, and the close distance to Makkah.

“Taif is one of the main destinations that will drive the tourism industry in the Kingdom. Mountain resorts can also be leveraged on due to the weather. We are also looking to have a wellness resort in the near future as well.

“The fund’s strategy is aligned with the Kingdom’s strategy, with Vision 2030. It is in alignment with the national tourism strategy, to increase the number of visitors up to 100 million by 2030, in addition to increasing the GDP (gross domestic product) contribution and the job creations that are derived from the tourism industry,” Al-Sharif added.