Zain KSA customers offered unlimited calls or free data to mark Saudi National Day

Time: September 23, 2018  

Customers of Zain KSA in Saudi Arabia can choose from either free unlimited local calls or 1 GB of data in honour of Saudi National Day, the company announced on Sunday.

In a statement quoted by local media, the company noted that customer have three options: free unlimited local calls, 1 GB of Internet for voice line customers, or 1 GB free for data customers.

The deals, which will be offered through Sunday, September 23, are valid for 24 hours from the time of activation.

As part of its National Day celebrations, Zain KSA also changed the name of its network to “I LOVE KSA.”

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered a one-day extension to the kingdom’s National Day break, meaning that Monday will also be considered an off day for workers.

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King Salman orders extension of National Day holiday to Monday and orders release of all prisoners who are insolvent and not involved in criminal cases in Taif province

Time: September 23, 2018 


On the occasion of the National Day, which is on Sunday 13/1/1440 H corresponding to September 23, 2018, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered the extension of the National Day’s holiday for one day to include Monday, 14/14 / 1440H corresponding to September 24, 2018.

On the other hand, and following the visit of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense to Taif Province and upon a proposal by His Royal Highness, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, ordered the release of all prisoners who are insolvent in rights cases and not involved in criminal ones and who are proved to be insolvent in the province of Taif and the payment of the amounts the owe.

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On the88th anniversary of its national day: Saudi Arabia undertaking “bold” reforms to attract attention of world’s economic poles

Time: September 22, 2018   

The positive global indicators issued by specialized international bodies and institutions support and strengthen the confidence of national and foreign investors in the countries’ economies. This is what happened with Saudi Arabia, a matter which gives a positive image of the Kingdom and its economy in the international forums.
The Kingdom has made significant progress in the anti-corruption index after a series of unprecedented measures in terms of combating corruption. Such measures were supported by strict directives of the Saudi leadership to fight corruption wherever it exists. This gives great confidence in the economy and strengthens investors’ conviction, a matter that helps attract more foreign investments. The Saudi government-led reform system described by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a “New Wave” of reforms is part of the “shock” treatment that is essential for the development of cultural and political life in the kingdom.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched a vigorous campaign on corruption last November of 2017 as an example of the “shock treatment” the kingdom needs due to rampant corruption.
Saudi Arabia has witnessed a series of rapid changes that have positively impacted citizens in the Kingdom in various walks of life, aiming at attaining comprehensive reforms. In return, the Kingdom gave the world’s economic leaders an opportunity to invest in sustainable mutual benefits; the result was a global “voracity” to invest in well-designed, attractive reforms.
On September 26, 2017, Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive cars as of June 24, 2018, in a decision that came after decades of prohibition in the conservative Kingdom. The decision bore the fingerprints of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to launch an unprecedented social and economic reform drive under the title “Vision 2030”.
Last November the Crown Prince declared that “The Iranian regime is involved in providing Houthi militias with missiles and this is a direct military aggression by this regime.”
Since March 2015, Riyadh has been leading a coalition for the purpose of helping Yemeni government forces against the Houthi Militias and their allies, who control over the Yemeni capital of Sana’a since 2014.
Massive diplomatic campaign to reinforce relations
In last March and after two visits to Egypt and Britain, the crown prince toured the United States for more than two weeks. He was received by US President Trump in Houston. He also visited Boston, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley together with paying two official visits to France and Spain.
Strong indicators
In the third quarter of the present year, non-oil revenues in Saudi Arabia increased by 80% compared to the third quarter of the previous year. Public revenues for this quarter increased by 11% compared to the same period of 2016.
Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Jada’an announced the quarterly report of the performance of the Kingdom’s budget for the third quarter of the current fiscal year 2017. The figures reveal significant progress in the performance of the state budget for that quarter represented in improving the revenues, raising the efficiency of public expenditure and a decline in the deficit, while maintaining the level of basic services provided to citizens that come on top of the priorities of governmental expenditure.
The issuing of the third quarterly report confirms that the Kingdom abides by transparency and financial disclosure as a key factor consistent with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and its goals in addition to putting spotlight on the progress achieved in carrying out the objectives set in the fiscal balance program within the framework of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
Results of the report showed a rise in Saudi revenues compared with the results achieved in the third quarter of 2016 together with an increase in the rate of non-oil revenues by 80% during the same period. In addition, results revealed that the Saudi government continues to rationalize expenditure for the benefit of its citizens, as the largest share of public expenditure was directed to the education sector for the first nine months of 2017.
Accelerated growth
A senior official at IMF revealed that the Saudi Kingdom is pressing ahead in carrying out massive economic reforms. Head of IMF’s mission to Saudi Arabia Tim Kalin said: “The growth of the Kingdom’s non-oil economy will accelerate this year despite the delay of the anticipated selling of Saudi ARAMCO.”
Head of Emerging Markets at the British company of Jupiter Ross Teverson said that the Saudi economy is expected to witness significant improvements over the coming period thanks to the reforms undertaken by the Kingdom. In a special interview with “Al Arabiya.Net” he stressed that the Saudi stock market will attract more foreign investments during the coming period.
Teverson said: “We believe that Saudi Arabia has taken a number of steps in the right direction.”, pointing out that prices of fuel and energy have declined unrealistically and this encouraged the Kingdom to diversify its economic sources; which will positively reflect on the Saudi economy in the long term. It is possible that Saudi consumers will face pressure on the short run. Generally, we believe that changes in Saudi Arabia have been positive.”

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On Saudi national day, legendary Jean-Michel Jarre to hold concert in Riyadh

Time: September 22, 2018 

Legendary French composer Jean-Michel Jarre, a pioneer in electronic and new-age music, is holding a concert in Saudi Arabia on Sunday on the occasion of the Kingdom’s 88th National Day.

JMJ, as he is known in the music industry, is on his fourth tour to the Middle East since he launched his career 50 years ago.

The French composer, whose concerts have left audiences mesmerized, will hold his concert in the capital Riyadh at the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud center, according to an Al Arabiya correspondent.

JMJ concerts are famous for the elaborate 3-D laser projections. The legendary Frenchman holds several Guinness World Records for largest performances – a 1997 gig in Moscow attracted 3.5 million.

French composer and music producer Jean-Michel Jarre performs during a concert. (AP)

In the Middle East, JMJ held the “Twelve Dreams of the Sun” concert in Egypt in the Pyramids area, which lasted for 12 hours, on New Year’s Eve 1999. The first half was for the last hours of the 20th century, 1999, and the other half was for the first hours of the 21st century, 2000.

He also presented two other concerts one in the Moroccan city of Marzouka in 2006, and another in the Lebanese city of Baalbek in 2016.

Also in celebration of the Saudi National Day starting from September 21 to 24, the Saudi Entertainment Authority launched more than 135 activities, including fireworks, flying the largest Saudi flag in the skies of Riyadh and Jeddah, airshows , and more than 990 thousand flashlights, musical activities and national folklore dances, In more than 285 cities including, Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah, Khobar, Medina, al-Jouf, Hail.

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IN PICTURES: This is how Saudi Air Force will celebrate 88th National Day

Time: September 21, 2018 

The Saudi Royal Air Force, is preparing to perform on the occasion of the Kingdom’s 88th National Day, air shows, scheduled for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. (Supplied)

The Saudi Ministry of Defense, represented by the Saudi Royal Air Force, is preparing to perform on the occasion of the Kingdom’s 88th National Day, air shows, scheduled for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

The air shows which will demonstrate fighter jets, will be carried out by the Saudi Arabian Hawks Team and the UAE Air Knights Team.

The 88th anniversary is being celebrated marking the founding of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

According to the Ministry of Defense website, a group of fighter jets carrying the national colors will fly over Riyadh, Jeddah and the Eastern Province.

The fighter jets participating in this event are: F15s, F15c, Tornado, Typhoon and a MRTT for refueling.

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The Entertainment Authority offers “Cirque du Soleil” to celebrate the National Day


On the occasion of the National Day of Saudi Arabia, the General Authority for Entertainment offers one of the largest offers of the international entertainment organization “Cirque du Soleil”, in the heart of the capital Riyadh, organized by the “MBC Group”, as broadcast by MBC1 directly.


The show has seen the largest number of international circus performers at a special event breaking the record in this field, as the idea and its live paintings were designed specifically for the occasion in an unprecedented performance.


The event, which is expected to have a presence of about 27 thousand spectators, at the King Fahad International Stadium in Riyadh, a giant theater designed and built for the occasion, the length of 85 meters and 40 meters.


The show includes a series of acrobatic and aerobic reviews on stage, as well as its welcome space, so that these reviews are consistent with the idea of work and storytelling adopted, and at the same time reflect the symbolic side of this huge event.


For example, some of these reviews include air scrolls using silk ropes, roller ladders, German wheels, fire reviews, acrobatic reviews on the walls, single-wheeled bicycle shows, and dances performed by a selection of hip-hop dancers “And contemporary dance professionals, to an elite range of electric cycling professionals, not to mention individual air show shows using the airborne” Hoverboard “. In parallel, the show also includes a wide range of elements of surprise and dazzle carefully studied by leading human crews in the world of special audio-visual effects. This is designed to match the meaning of the story and simulate its symbolism in a manner consistent with the plot and increase the momentum and raise the pace of the upward.


“The Cirque du Soleil event will provide the Saudi public with international expertise and local content that will enrich the entertainment of the recipient,” said General Manager of the Public Entertainment Authority, Mr Abdulrahman bin Nasser Al Khalifa.


He pointed out the role played by the Authority in supporting and developing the entertainment industry in the Kingdom, in terms of attracting the largest and most innovative leisure companies in the Kingdom and facilitating its business functions in the Kingdom to transfer the most advanced and latest expertise in this field … In addition to its role in supporting the sector by creating competition between companies National content to enrich local entertainment content. ”


Omar Radhi, Event Manager, MBC Group, said: “The organization and establishment of such a great show was the result of the ambitious vision of the Kingdom, which instilled enthusiasm in the hearts of all those who participated in preparing for this exceptional world event that would reach and exceed international standards. , Thus celebrating the National Day in an unprecedented manner. ”


“We are proud to participate in the Saudi National Day and to give the celebration of this day a global character in every sense. The number of viewers around the world is expected to reach 200 million viewers … they will follow Saudi Arabia’s national day.”


Brief about the story of the show


As soon as the sun tends to fall over the vast sand dunes, a tribe is seen looming over the desert sands looking for a sweet oasis. Suddenly, they were suddenly attacked by a stormy sandstorm that uprooted their tents and stormed them away. As the storm recedes and the dust settles, the tribe members find themselves drifting into a strange, surreal world in which the wheels of evolution spin very fast. There, the tribe finds itself in the heart of a dreamy oasis, the waters of its cascades flowing up and down! Then the giant hawk spreads its wings in the sky to shine a new sun aimed at its golden ray behind the far horizon.


Theater design and decoration


The exterior of the King Fahad International Stadium in Riyadh is inspired by the old traditional Bedouin tents, evoking the ancient spirit of the Badia, which is also reflected in the interior decoration and the interior. In short, there is a theater that will already exist within a different theater, so that the audience will experience a unique experience that they feel is truly within a Bedouin tent, so that they become an integral part of the show, which will make them more able to interact with the spatial situation and fill the emotional state. There are four main elements that make up the interior decoration and are actually the four axes of the tent with four old lamps that will flood the audience with special illumination within a surrealistic atmosphere in which the past is replaced by the modernity of the future.




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Al Yamamah Press Est. celebrates the Kingdom’s National Day

Time: September 19, 2018   

Al-Yamamah Press Establishment launches today the activities entitled “Nation of Pride and Dignity” to mark the 88th anniversary of the National Day of the Kingdom. On this day, facade of the establishment building along with all government buildings are dressed and decorated in white and green.

These national activities are aimed at linking the present generations to their glorious past and get them acquainted with their bright present and prosperous future.

Director-General of Al-Yamamah Mr. Khalid Al-Arifi said that the establishment celebrates this great occasion at its premises. Activities include getting all the attendants acquainted with the great achievements of the Kingdom and pay attention to the family and child within different platforms presenting public activities in line with this national occasion. He also called upon everyone to visit the event and getting acquainted with its various activities.

He also added that platforms and shows include the exhibition entitled “Pride 88”, a pavilion for talented Saudi children, activities of families and children and a popular market and other events that harmonize to form a painting of love, loyalty and pride of the National Day. In addition, activities comprise an exhibition for rare and exclusive images about the Kingdom and its great achievements together with platform entitled “Pride of the Nation” that hosts Saudi young men and women who have public activities. Activities also include folkloric shows, folk market, and pavilions prepared for productive families.

The establishment also allocated a platform to display photos of brave Saudi soldiers entitled “Our brave soldiers the source of pride and dignity. In addition, the establishment displays paintings in big sizes within the pavilion entitled “Kingdom in the eyes of the world” and what was said about the Kingdom in addition to a camel caravan entitled caravans of desert.

The event is participated by many sponsoring bodies in the private sectors including the strategic sponsor of Saudi Aramco, silver sponsor Al Rajhi Bank, Bahrain Bank and Saudi Electricity Company. This occasion is considered the largest social event in the history of press establishments, and is presented through different platforms and excellent presentations. It is a day for the Kingdom’s heritage, history and traditions to be showcased. It is a day of patriotism when love of country must override love of self.

Director-General of Al-Yamamah Mr. Khalid Al-Arifi

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On National Day, Saudi Arabia to break records with largest flag and fireworks

September 14, 2018

The Red Arrows perform aerial maneuvers during celebrations marking Saudi Arabia’s 87th National Day, in Jeddah, on September 25, 2017. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia set to enter the Guinness Book of Records with the display of the largest number of fireworks and unfurling of the largest national flag to mark the celebrations of the 88thNational Day.

The General Entertainment Authority launched the National Day Calendar that showcases wide variety of programs and events, which will begin on Sept. 19 and end with the National Day on Sept. 23.

More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky simultaneously from over 58 sites across the Kingdom.

More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky simultaneously from over 58 sites across the Kingdom. (Reuters)

This stunning display, using the largest amount of fireworks, will be the largest of such a show in the world, breaking the world record, according to a statement of GEA, carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

As many as 300 drones will take part in the laser show of creating the largest national flag with a length of 400 meters and width of 350 meters. Circus show, National Carnival, the ‘Story of Glory’ are some of the events to take place in Riyadh.

Cultural and sport events, heritage festivals, folklore and art shows, music concerts and poetry evenings, staging of national operetta and patriotic songs, display of documentary films, and fair of productive families are among the events to be held in various regions of the Kingdom.

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