New Suez Canal project to boost Saudi-Egypt ties

Updated 30 August 2014

New Suez Canal project to boost Saudi-Egypt ties

A leading Riyadh-based planning, design, management and supervision consultancy has been awarded a major Egypt contract for the expansion of Suez Canal.
The Egyptian government awarded contracts to Dar Al-Handasah (Shair and Partners) and other Gulf firms worth $4 billion.
Company sources here said that Cairo has awarded major contracts for the construction of a parallel canal in Suez to companies from several Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, including firms from Bahrain and other GCC countries.
Dar Al-Handasah was selected among 14 bidders and would work with a prime contractor and the Egyptian Army to develop industry and logistics in the canal area.
The new expanded passage will span 35 km and is expected to be complete by 2016.
Under the $4 billion project, Egypt oversees a second passage that would join with an expanded Suez Canal for better trade and to have a transformative impact on the Egyptian economy.
The new Suez Canal project is a giant engine for the Egyptian economy that will give it a strong thrust to potentially end recession and inability.
Infrastructure development will undoubtedly create a large number of jobs that will improve unemployment figures.
The Suez Canal, an artificial waterway in Egypt extending from Port Said to Suez, connecting the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, made the country a passageway for one tenth of world trade with continuous revenues at hardly any cost.
Dar Al-Handasah, meanwhile, has served the public and private sectors, working on projects with a total investment of $270 billion for over 50 years.
The group has consistently ranked among the world’s top 10 engineering and architectural global consultancies for over 25 years, sources said.

Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

Updated 18 October 2019

Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

  • The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date

RIYADH: More than 1,500 performers and 25 floats took part in a parade and carnival on Thursday night that officially launched Riyadh Season’s Boulevard zone. The crowds that gathered for the fun-packed event were also treated to motorcycle displays, fireworks and other surprises.

The Boulevard lit up at 9 p.m. for the start of the 90-minute event, which featured some of the international artists who will perform as part of Riyadh Season. Afterwards, the zone’s food and drink outlets, outdoor cinema and fountain shows officially opened.

The audience watched the parade, performances and displays from specially constructed stands. Food trucks offered a selection of tasty snacks, and organizers also provided prayer rooms, toilets, first-aid stations and other facilities.


GEA president Turki Al-Sheikh gave an opening speech: “Our dearest people, in the beginning of this season, we welcome you and our guests in Riyadh.

“I want to share a story with you all; once upon a time, I was from a middle-class family. My mother and father would gather both their salaries to have us travel to see the world, and then we would stay in Riyadh for a year. These were our capabilities (at the time) and there was nothing to do in Riyadh. Who would've thought that we’d see all of this in Riyadh, and in our beloved country?

“This wouldn't have been possible without -of course Allah first- a person who has the qualities and vision of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”

He tweeted: “Riyadh traffic police estimated we have exceeded 600K which means ten times the capacity.”

In addition to the opening-night festivities, the Boulevard zone, which covers 400,000 square meters, will host a wide range of entertainment options and activities for all ages, including the outdoor cinema, restaurants, and sports, music and theatrical events. It has three main venues: The 22,000-seat Mohammed Abdu Theater, the 6,000-seat Abu Bakr Salem Theater, and the 2,000-seat Baker Al-Sheddi Theater.

The parade is just one of more than 100 events featuring local, regional and international performers taking place during the Riyadh Season festival, which continues until mid-December at 12 zones across the city: the Boulevard; the Front; Riyadh Car Show; Winter Wonderland; Riyadh Stadiums; the Diplomatic Quarter; Al-Muraba’a; Al-Malaz; Wadi Namar; Nabd Al-Riyadh; Riyadh Safari; and Riyadh Sahara. It has been organized with the support of Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority and president of Riyadh Season.

The ambitious 2019 Saudi Seasons initiative, the first of its kind in the region, was launched in February and includes 11 local seasons covering most parts of the Kingdom. Designed to promote the fledgling Saudi entertainment sector and boost tourism, it is attracting some of the biggest names in world entertainment.

The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date. It follows a folklore parade at the Mawtni (My Nation) cultural event in Yanbu to mark Saudi National Day this year, and a parade during the Jeddah Season festivities in the city’s Obhur district.

The parade had a special surprise; the appearance of DJ Carnage who took to the stage dressed in complete Saudi attire and performed his successful electronic show.

The musician also took to Twitter to celebrate the night and how he had had a hand in “making history,” tweeting: “A huge thank you to @Turki_alalshikh  ..... what you did for your country last night... was so special... thank you for having me... we made history.”