Ithra’s Eid celebration promises to ‘bloom with joy’

While all activities at Ithra’s Eid are free, select events require you to purchase a ticket to enter. (Supplied)
While all activities at Ithra’s Eid are free, select events require you to purchase a ticket to enter. (Supplied)
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Updated 06 April 2024
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Ithra’s Eid celebration promises to ‘bloom with joy’

While all activities at Ithra’s Eid are free, select events require you to purchase a ticket to enter. (Supplied)
  • The Children’s Museum provides ample chances for the youngsters to have fun while learning

DHAHRAN: Eid Al-Fitr festivities at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Ithra, will have a spring theme this year with the tagline “blooms with joy.” From April 11-13, the center will be filled with fun and educational activities for the whole family.

Eid at Ithra will be open from 4 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. on all its designated Eid days.

Chocolate lovers can create their own tasty creations at the heart of Ithra, in the Plaza area, from opening time until 11 p.m. There will be a station set up with milk and white chocolate where participants will be able to add any — or all — toppings provided to make their own chocolate bar.




While all activities at Ithra’s Eid are free, select events require you to purchase a ticket to enter. (Supplied)

The Plaza will also be the scene for live music throughout the three nights.

Up the famous escalator, in the exhibition area in the library, will be plenty of Eid-centric storytelling. “In Ithra's Eid we will share the joy through stories, meet new characters, gain values, and answer questions,” Ithra said in a statement. The library will also host an interactive game — or a few.

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Eid at Ithra will be open from 4 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. on all its designated Eid days.

Outside in the Lush Garden, an interactive maze will be set up that will challenge visitors to solve quests along the way.

At the Energy Exhibit, experts will perform live experiments in an attempt to answer interesting questions, such as: Does science factor into Eid decorations? Do bubbles have chemical reactions? What makes light glow?




While all activities at Ithra’s Eid are free, select events require you to purchase a ticket to enter. (Supplied)

Each day at 4:30 p.m., three short films will be shown at the cinema: “Saleeg” features a stubborn grandmother who accidentally boils a pot of rice too long in the kitchen and is forced to seek assistance from strangers; “Radimah” is about jasmine — the aromatic plant with deep roots in the Jazan region; while “Alrufea” is a documentary about a community of the same name.  

At 8 p.m. each day, Ithra’s own “Valley Road,” a fantastical film that tells a Saudi-centric story, will be shown at the cinema. The films will be in Arabic with English subtitles.

While all activities at Ithra’s Eid are free, select events require you to purchase a ticket to enter.

The Children’s Museum provides ample chances for the youngsters to have fun while learning. The Eid Around the World program promises to reveal global and local Eid traditions and rituals.

The Energy Exhibit will offer a live family play titled: “The Village of Happiness.”

Each night of Eid, the Ithra Theater will host two live performances of “Hikayat Farah with Chorolla.” The first hour-long show starts at 6:30 p.m. and the other at 8:30 p.m.  

Tickets can be bought directly at Ithra on the day of the event, with a discount for Ithra members.

 


Al-Baha mayor announces launch of ‘Theatrical Nights of Al Baha’ program

Al-Baha mayor announces launch of ‘Theatrical Nights of Al Baha’ program
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Al-Baha mayor announces launch of ‘Theatrical Nights of Al Baha’ program

Al-Baha mayor announces launch of ‘Theatrical Nights of Al Baha’ program
  • Organized by the Al-Baha Municipality in collaboration with the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts and the private sector, the event will be held from July 21 to 27
  • Ali Al-Sawat: Al Baha Theatrical Nights program will present a diverse range of theatrical performances, including comedic, social, and patriotic themes

RIYADH: Ali Al-Sawat, the mayor of Al-Baha region, announced the upcoming launch of the “Al-Baha Theatrical Nights” program, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Organized by the Al-Baha Municipality in collaboration with the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts and the private sector, the event will be held from July 21 to 27.

Al-Sawat said the program is part of the “A Summer in Al-Baha: Embrace Serenity” festival and includes theatrical performances featuring stars from outside the region, along with artists from Al-Baha. These local artists will introduce themselves to the audience and visitors through seven theatrical performances, all being presented for the first time in Al-Baha region.

He said that the “Al Baha Theatrical Nights” program will present a diverse range of theatrical performances, including comedic, social, and patriotic themes, all marked by suspense and amazement.”

“These performances will foster a cultural and artistic atmosphere that complements the entertainment events and summer activities. Through this harmony, Al-Baha will be transformed into a vibrant hub featuring international shows, concerts, folk performances, fashion, heritage exhibitions, and culinary arts,” he added.

Al-Sawat confirmed that the theatrical performances include a women-only play, which will be held at the municipality’s theater, the Baljurashi Municipality Theater, and the Wesam Al-Badyah Theater in Al-Mandaq, concluding at the Baljurashi Front Theater. Additionally, the play “Lohmat Watan” (Homeland Kinship) will be staged at the Al-Baha Lights Festival Theater and the Wesam Al-Badyah Theater, with its final performance at the Baljurashi Front Theater.

He said this will be the first time the Al-Baha Summer Festival includes theatrical performances among its various activities, alongside the major events and parties announced in this year’s summer calendar.

According to SPA, with the support of the governor of Al-Baha, the region aims to attract more than 2.5 million visitors and tourists. Al-Baha’s enchanting nature, moderate climate, and well-developed facilities, services and infrastructure have earned it a strong reputation and significant momentum as one of the premier tourist destinations for the Saudi summer this year.


KSrelief runs volunteer medical projects in Sudan, Yemen

KSrelief runs volunteer medical projects in Sudan, Yemen
Updated 18 July 2024
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KSrelief runs volunteer medical projects in Sudan, Yemen

KSrelief runs volunteer medical projects in Sudan, Yemen

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s aid agency KSrelief continues to provide healthcare for vulnerable people in Sudan and Yemen, the Saudi Press Agency reported late Wednesday evening.

The project in Port Sudan for urology surgery, from July 13 to 20, involves 11 volunteers with training in various specialties.

The team members have already completed six surgeries.

A similar project is currently being implemented for orthopedic surgery in the Seiyun district of Yemen’s Hadhramaut governorate, with seven operations already completed.


Saudi Arabia calls for UN Security Council resolution to compel Israel to end war, ‘starvation’ of Gazans

Saudi Arabia calls for UN Security Council resolution to compel Israel to end war, ‘starvation’ of Gazans
Updated 18 July 2024
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Saudi Arabia calls for UN Security Council resolution to compel Israel to end war, ‘starvation’ of Gazans

Saudi Arabia calls for UN Security Council resolution to compel Israel to end war, ‘starvation’ of Gazans
  • Tel Aviv must end its ‘aggression’ and allow for urgent delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged Gaza
  • UN failure to stop Israel driven by ‘short-sighted, selfish political interests,’ says Saudi envoy Abdulaziz Alwasil

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdulaziz Alwasil, on Wednesday called on the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution that would compel Israel to end its war on Gaza.

Alwasil said Tel Aviv must comply with the Security Council’s own resolutions, which call for an immediate ceasefire and the delivery of aid into Gaza.

He said Israel, as the occupying power, must be forced to respect international law. This includes implementing the International Court of Justice’s provisional measures to end the genocide being perpetrated on the Palestinian people.

Alwasil said the UN Security Council, since the beginning of the assault on Gaza 10 months ago, has been holding “meeting after meeting to no avail.”

Meanwhile, the world continues to witness the Israeli “war machine deliberately targeting civilians and imposing the harshest forms of collective punishment by killing, displacing, starving and imposing a blockade on civilians.”

Alwasil added: “All of these blatant violations are happening before the eyes of the world and the international community continues to turn a blind eye.

“And this inaction pushed the occupation power, which is hiding behind a solid wall, to take advantage of this weakness and international silence to impose its inhumane, violent practices unabated.”

The Saudi Arabia envoy was speaking at a signature UN Security Council meeting called by Russia, which is holding the rotating presidency of the body for the month of July. It was chaired by Moscow’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Alwasil lamented the failure of the Security Council to stop the war, which he blamed on members of the body being bound by “short-sighted, selfish political interests that have impeded its ability to take the necessary firm actions to stop the Israeli aggression.”

“The failure by the international community and the Security Council to protect the innocent civilians has led so far to the killing of 38,000 people and the injury and maiming of tens of thousands, most of whom are women and children,” said Alwasil.

He added: “How can such a forced displacement that is recurrent in Gaza be justified? How can we stay silent in the face of this systematic starvation and deliberative blockade? How can the international community stand idly while a major humanitarian catastrophe is taking place before our eyes?”

Alwasil vowed that his country would continue to support the Palestinian right to self-determination and the establishment of a state on the lines of 1967 with East Jerusalem as the capital.

This would “ensure comprehensive justice (and) peace in line with the Arab Peace Initiative and the relevant resolutions of international legitimacy.”


Saudi crown prince, Russia’s Putin discuss relations 

Saudi crown prince, Russia’s Putin discuss relations 
Updated 18 July 2024
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Saudi crown prince, Russia’s Putin discuss relations 

Saudi crown prince, Russia’s Putin discuss relations 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has made a call to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Saudi Press Agency said early Thursday.

The pair discussed ways of enhancing bilateral relations in all fields.

The call also reviewed issues of mutual interest.


Saudi crown prince, Iraqi PM discuss relations 

Saudi crown prince, Iraqi PM discuss relations 
Updated 18 July 2024
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Saudi crown prince, Iraqi PM discuss relations 

Saudi crown prince, Iraqi PM discuss relations 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made a call on Wednesday to Iraq’s Prime Minister Mohammed Al-Sudani, the Saudi Press Agency said.

The pair discussed ways of enhancing bilateral relations in all fields.

The call also reviewed issues of mutual interest.