Jeddah Corniche ready for summer holidays

Updated 07 June 2014

Jeddah Corniche ready for summer holidays

Jeddah Corniche is ready to receive visitors who like to spend their summer holidays on Jeddah beaches, according to Mohammad Al-Baqmi, official spokesman for Jeddah Municipality.
He told Arab News that the municipality has deployed more than 200 workers to keep the Corniche clean round the clock during the summer holidays. The municipality has also provided the Corniche with 100 extra garbage containers of various sizes, especially in picnic areas.
He said that children’s play areas have trampoline and swings. He warned all visitors, especially young people from tampering with the Corniche property, pointing out that the municipality will employ more than 50 undercover supervisors who will work around the clock to look out for acts of vandalism or tampering with public property.
In a related development, Al-Baqmi said that Jeddah Municipality is continuing with its work on Dhahban Marine Park project, which was launched some months ago. The park is expected to be ready at the end of this year. It is estimated to cost more than SR3 million. He said the project is one of the most important entertainment projects implemented by Jeddah Municipality and aims to provide Jeddah visitors and residents with a large marine park. It will include all facilities and services such as restaurants, water coolers, play areas, sports areas, seating areas and green fields, in addition to fishing areas.
He added that Dhahban Marine Park is located on the open sea in an area of 110,000 sq. meters, and is just 40 km from central Jeddah. The park has a football field of 1,500 sq. meters, and 45,000 meters of green areas. It has 600 trees, 4,500 saplings, 40 Nerjeel palm trees, 220 local palm trees and 250 cacti. The municipality will provide the park with 63 children’s and sports games, canopies with a space of 280 sq. meters; canopies for children’s play areas, concrete canopies in addition to 16 wooden canopies and 391 light poles.

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.