Jeddah show enthralls all

Updated 31 July 2015

Jeddah show enthralls all

JEDDAH: Jeddah Show, one of the many events of Jeddah Summer Festival 36, is attracting a large number of visitors. The sound-and-light show is being run at the Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Center.
The show tells the story of the Bride of the Red Sea over the past 1,000 years. The show is breathtaking as sound and light intertwine forming a beautiful symphony.
Among other landmarks, the show puts under the spotlight the famous Jeddah fountain. The one show lasts about 40 minutes.
Faisal Yamani, general supervisor and director of the show, said the show seeks to diversify the activities to meet the desires of every visitor.
“The activities include plays, children's shows, games, contests and laser shows. The whole mission of the festival is aimed at highlighting the creative soul and spirit of Jeddah,” said Yamani.
He emphasized the creative dimension in the activities of Jeddah Festival 36 which focused this year on a unique form of artistic creativity, the art of 3D drawing on the ground such as the paintings of a female Saudi artist of 20 years of age.
In addition to the 3D drawing implanted by a group of pioneer artists, the activities include the participation of children in a wall drawing of about 20 meters long.
The other activities involve a variety of events for the enjoyment of the visitors of all age groups.
Yamani said all necessary information was provided to help visitors know the time and location of the events by employing modern techniques such as interactive screens installed at the entrance of the venue so that visitors can see the accommodations offered in detail.

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.