King Salman, El-Sisi agree to build Saudi-Egypt bridge

Updated 09 April 2016

King Salman, El-Sisi agree to build Saudi-Egypt bridge

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has announced an agreement with Egypt to build a bridge over the Red Sea to connect the two countries, on the second day of his visit to Cairo.
The king made the announcement in televised comments after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and before representatives of the two countries began signing a number of investment deals.
“I agreed with my brother his Excellency President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to build a bridge connecting the two countries," the king said.
"This historic step to connect the two continents, Africa and Asia, is a qualitative transformation that will increase trade between the two continents to unprecedented levels," he added.
The bridge will be named after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman. 
After the announcement, representatives of both countries signed 17 agreements, including cooperation on peaceful nuclear energy and the development of King Salman University in Sinai. 
Other agreements included the removal of double taxation, development of Al-Aini hospital in Cairo as well as residential units as part of King Salman’s Sinai development project.
Egypt’s Nile Collar was given to King Salman by El-Sisi before agreements were signed between the two nations.

— With input from AFP

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

Updated 56 min 32 sec ago

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