Alert security averts catastrophe

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Updated 31 May 2015

Alert security averts catastrophe

JEDDAH: Three people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Anoud Mosque in Dammam while the Friday congregational prayer was under way, the Interior Ministry said.
The bomber, disguised as a woman, proceeded to the women's section, but could not enter as the gate was locked. He then went to the men's section but was stopped by security men there. Then he went to the car and blew himself up
The blast caused a fire that spread to nearby parked cars.
“Security men foiled an attempt to carry out a terror attack on worshippers performing the Friday prayer at Anoud Mosque in Dammam. When security men saw a suspicious looking car heading for the parking area close to the mosque, they approached it and it was then that the explosion took place near the car, killing four people (including the bomber), one of them believed to be the car driver,” Interior Ministry Spokesman Ministry Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said.
Four people who were not seriously injured were admitted to hospital. A probe has been launched into the crime.
Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih, who is closely monitoring developments, ordered all necessary services for the blast victims.
Residents circulated pictures of a badly disfigured body of a man believed to be the bomber as well as pictures of a huge plume of black smoke billowing over a parking lot outside the mosque.
It is the second bomb attack on a Saudi mosque in a week. On May 22, 21 people were killed as worshippers attended Friday prayers at a mosque in Al-Qadeeh, Qatif, in the eastern region of the country.
Meanwhile, the Commission of Senior Scholars condemned the dastardly attack and said terrorist groups have revealed their ugly faces in targeting Ali bin Abi Talib Mosque in Qatif and Al-Anoud Mosque in Dammam.
Fahad Al-Majed, secretary-general of the commission, said: “Islam banned attacks on houses of worship even in legitimate wars. It is unbelievable to target mosques in a Muslim country that follows Shariah and serves the Two Holy Mosques.”

Cinema investment in Saudi Arabia set to hit SR5bn in 2020

Updated 28 January 2020

Cinema investment in Saudi Arabia set to hit SR5bn in 2020

  • Saudi conference study reveals 140 cinemas planned for Kingdom creating estimated 5,300 jobs
  • One of the main goals of the Vision 2030 reform plan was to increase household spending on domestic entertainment from 2.9 percent to 6 percent of total expenditure

RIYADH: Investment in building new cinemas in Saudi Arabia was expected to top SR5 billion ($1.33 billion) during 2020, according to latest figures.

Data published ahead of the Cinema Build KSA 2020 conference, taking place at the Fairmont hotel in Riyadh on Feb. 19 to 20, revealed that 140 movie theaters were planned to open in 30 malls throughout the Kingdom, creating more than 5,300 job opportunities.

The Saudi cinema industry would see enormous growth and was set to become the leader in the region having already gained attention from stakeholders around the globe, research from conference partner Great Minds Group predicted.

With a total of 1,323 screens planned for the country, demand for materials and resources to build cinemas has increased dramatically.

The Cinema Build KSA report revealed that an estimated 158,760 cinema seats and more than 5,953,500 square feet of carpet would be required to realize this year’s growth plans, in addition to more than 18,852,750 square feet of gypsum boards, wall panels, and specialist ceiling materials and 1,250 air-handling units.

One of the main goals of the Vision 2030 reform plan was to increase household spending on domestic entertainment from 2.9 percent to 6 percent of total expenditure, considering that Saudi nationals spent about $30 billion annually on tourism and entertainment outside the Kingdom.

Supporting and enhancing the fast-growing cinema sector would not only recover Saudi investments abroad but would also create more than 5,314 job opportunities in 2020 in the Saudi market, according to the Cinema Build KSA report.

The Saudi cinema industry was predicted to see enormous growth and being the largest gathering of cinema stakeholders in the Kingdom, Cinema Build KSA 2020 aims to serve as a learning center for building world-class film theaters.

The event is organized by Eyes of Cities in association with the Great Minds Group. Boasting more than 300 attendees, at least 30 sponsors and exhibitors, and 25 international speakers, the second annual conference will cover a broader aspect of the burgeoning cinema industry in the Kingdom.