Saudi farmers seek more state support

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Updated 30 June 2015

Saudi farmers seek more state support

AL-AHSA: Saudi farmers here need more support to buy fertilizers, medicines and equipment, and market their products.
This is the view of Ahmed Al-Musalmi, who recently won the country’s ‘Ideal Farmer Award.’ He said high production costs and low market prices are preventing farmers from cultivating vegetables.
He said this situation was forcing some farmers to borrow money. Rising debt could see many leave the industry, which could have an impact on the country’s economy, he said.
Ibrahim Al-Saleh, a farmer in his eighties, said: “I used to go to the farm every day, even during Ramadan. When I was 12 years old, I worked a full day while fasting for only SR1. My brothers and I used to plow the farm until sundown, so that we could grow rice.”
Al-Saleh said many farmers were still working out in the heat and would wet their clothes as a relief measure.
Reminiscing about the old days, Saad Majeed, also a farmer, said that many farmers used to gather for iftar at a different farm every day.
“I used to spend my day during Ramadan irrigating the palms and herding the sheep, just like other days of the year,” he said.


Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

Updated 13 November 2019

Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

  • Organizers promise this year’s line-up of international stars at Diriyah event will be bigger than ever

RIYADH: The first of the major international music acts that will perform at the Diriyah E-Prix this month will be announced on Wednesday.

There were incredible scenes at the event last year when David Guetta, One Republic, the Black Eyed Peas, Amr Diab, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo rocked the UNESCO World Heritage site. About 40,000 fans flocked to the Diriyah Circuit, on the outskirts of Riyadh, for the after-race concerts, the first unsegregated music events in Saudi Arabia

The stage is set for even bigger and better things this year, with the promise of another two nights of unmissable music on Nov. 22 and 23 as the E-Prix racing returns.

“If you were one of the 40,000 who were lucky enough to be part of that watershed moment (last year) for the Kingdom, believe me, you have not seen anything yet,” said Prince Abdul Aziz Al-Faisal Al-Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority.

“Last year we told people before we announced (the acts) they should get their tickets early to avoid disappointment. Once we revealed who was coming, the tickets sold out incredibly quickly. This year will be the same but even bigger, so for music fans who want to enjoy the biggest concerts in Saudi Arabia, the smart move is to get your ticket now.”

The Diriyah E Prix kicks off the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s premier all-electric motorsport series, with a double header of races. It also marks the start of Diriyah Season, a month of sport, entertainment, art, cultural festivities, food and retail experiences. Tickets for the Diriyah E Prix, which include entry to the after-race concerts, are available at www.diriyahseason.sa.