General Entertainment Authority Announces Eid Al-Fitr 2024 Events

Riyadh: The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has issued the Eid Al-Fitr Events 2024 Booklet, featuring a wide range of activities such as fireworks displays, music concerts, theatrical performances, and more. The events are set to take place in various regions of the Kingdom.

The booklet is available for viewing and downloading through the following link:

To celebrate Eid, fireworks will light up the sky in the Kingdom’s regions at 9 pm every evening, beginning on the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, to mark the joyous occasion.

A series of theatrical performances featuring Arab actors will be showcased. On April 14, the Mohammed Alali Theater in Riyadh will present the play “The Neighbor”, while Jeddah will host the play “The Red Box” at the Batterjee Medical College Theater, on April 13. Meanwhile, the Alasala Colleges Theater in Dammam will host on April 14 the play “Ors Aljen”.

The Eid events will also include eight music concerts held in different cities of the Kingdom.

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t of the Eid festivities, Boulevard City and Boulevard World will be open from 4 pm to 2 am and 1 am, respectively, offering a delightful experience throughout the Eid period. The Via Riyadh area will be open to visitors from 8 pm to 3 am.

Meanwhile, Jeddah is hosting the “Eid Destination” event at Jeddah Promenade for 10 days. This event features distinctive folk shows, musical concerts, entertaining performances, and interactive activities.

GEA said the theme for Eid Al-Fitr this year is “Your Eid Is among Your Family and Loved Ones”. The theme reflects GEA’s efforts to foster communication and spread happiness among Saudi residents and visitors.

This Eid theme captures the essence of the celebration and the joy shared by individuals, families, and even businesses. It is designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes and age groups, ensuring an inclusive Eid experience for everyone

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Saudi Entertainment Academy Delegation Visits KSrelief Headquarters in Riyadh

A delegation of the Saudi Entertainment Academy (SEA), an affiliate of the General Corporation for Technical and Vocational Training, visited the headquarters of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) in Riyadh today.

The Center’s Media and Public Relations Department gave a visual presentation to the delegation, detailing the centre’s relief and humanitarian projects since its inception eight years ago, which amounts to more than 2,473 humanitarian and relief projects in 92 countries worth more than USD 6 billion.

The projects targeted vital sectors, such as food, education, health, nutrition, water, environmental sanitation, shelter, and other essential sectors, benefiting millions of the most vulnerable and needy groups in the target countries, in cooperation with 175 international and regional partners.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

31st Citadel Festival for Music and Singing Kicks Off in Cairo

The 31st Citadel International Festival for Music and Singing kicked off on Friday in Cairo with the participation of elite Arab singers and several musical and singing bands.

The opening ceremony of the festival, which continues until September 7, witnessed the honoring of some artists and employees of the Opera House.

The festival includes 45 concerts from various musical and lyrical themes.

Also, it will witness the first participation of many Egyptian and Arab artists, in addition to various singing duets and the participation of some 90s stars and international bands.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Princess Rahma lights flame of 31st session of al-Fuheis Festival

Princess Rahma bint El Hassan lit Tuesday the torch for the launch of the activities of the al-Fuheis Festival “Jordan’s History and Civilisation” in its 31st session, which will continue until August 19 at the square of the Roman Orthodox Monastery. The festival director, the head of the al-Fuheis Youth Club, Ayman Samawi, said, “Jordan is history and civilisation. Our roots are our culture and arts, and here, we are inaugurating the thirty-first session of the al-Fuheis Festival History and Civilisation.” The inauguration was attended by the Minister of Culture, Haifa Najjar; the Minister of Youth, Muhammad Nabulsi; the Governor of Al-Balqa, Firas Abu Qaoud; the Governor of the Mahis and al-Fuheis Region, Saleh Kilani; the Mayor of the Greater Salt Municipality, Muhammad Hiyari, the Commander of the Central Region, Brigadier General Jihad Qudah and the Director of the Balqa Police, Brigadier General Juma Hamayda.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Abdali Boulevard to host Amman International Film Festival

The Abdali Boulevard is hosting the fourth edition of the Amman International Film Festival 2023 – The First Film dubbed “Starts and Stories” between August 15 and August 22.

According to an Abdali Boulevard management statement, the Festival organisers would screen films and present activities dedicated to local and international film professionals.

The Abdali Boulevard management stated that it would be supporting the festival activities for the fourth consecutive year due to its “great importance as one of the important international art forums and for its objectives to promote and highlight the local artistic movement.”

Source: Jordan News Agency

International Women’s Film Festival to Kick Off Next September in Tunis

The next session of the International Women’s Film Festival (Regards De Femmes) will be held from Sep. 23-27 in Tunis.

The Tunisian Federation of Film Societies (FTCC) announced the start of project submissions in various programs of the festival. The submissions will close on Aug. 5.

Projects must be directed by a woman, not exceed 30 minutes, made after Dec. 31, 2021 and must be in the original language with French or English subtitles.

The festival includes two programs; the official competition for short films and out-of-competition program for short and feature films.

FTCC will also organize a workshop in Hammamet’s International Cultural Centre to help develop short films that would benefit women filmmakers from the Arab region.

It is required that the workshop candidate be from the Arab region. All candidates must submit their resume and project, noting that the synopsis, treatments and any other details should be within two pages.

Established in October 2017, the International Women’s Film Festival (Regards De Femmes) is the first festival dedicated to women filmmakers. The festival offers an international program of films made by women and includes two awards; the grand prize and a prize for best film that gives a non-stereotypical view on women.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Katara Announces Nine Winners in Novel and Fine Art Competition 2023

The Cultural Village Foundation, Katara, has announced names of nine winners who competed in Katara Novel and Fine Art competition 2023, and distributed to the three award categories, five winners from Egypt, two from Iraq, one winner from Syrian and another winner from Palestine.

The number of participations in Katara Novel and Fine Art competition 2023 reached 266 in the three award categories with 93 participations in the category of published novels, 91 participations in the unpublished novels, as well as 82 participations in boys novels.

The high percentage of participations was from Egypt and Sudan with101 participations while Levant and Iraq ranked second with 67 participations, with Arab Maghreb ranked third, with nearly 63 participations, followed by Arab Gulf with 33 participations while the number of non-Arab countries reached two participations only.

Winner of the most beautiful cover will receive $500, in addition to placing the winner jacket on the novel cover and stating the name of fine artist in the edition.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Qatar Museums Presents Diverse Summer Programs for Children

Qatar Museums will host various summer programs for children, offering a diverse range of engaging and educational activities across museums in Qatar.

The programs will be presented by five museums and the recently opened AI Digital Centre, and will promote learning, creativity, and well-being, while providing an immersive experience for children.

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) will present the program “Exploring the Influence of Water”, inviting children aged 8 12 to embark on a unique and fun exploration of personal wellbeing. The program will include various artistic workshops and library sessions, revolving around the importance and influence of water. Children will leave with an improved understanding of overall health and wellness, particularly the pivotal role that water plays in nurturing their well-being.

Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum (QOSM) will focus on the theme of the Olympics and Mental Health, and will offer children an exciting opportunity to engage in diverse physical activities, which allow them to discover their personal capabilities, develop essential skills to make informed, healthy choices, enhance emotional awareness, and nurture their well-being. The program will begin with a guided tour of the museums extensive collection, offering participants the opportunity to learn about the history of sports, the Olympic Games, and iconic world-renowned athletes, followed by activities such as the Golden Medal Hunt, fun and fitness in collaboration with the Hockey Federation, and engaging games that promote physical and mental health.

The National Museum of Qatar (NMOQ) will host its summer program “Painting your Thoughts”, welcoming children aged 8 12 to learn about well-being and self-expression through art. By delving into their emotions, participants will have the opportunity to express themselves and experience the therapeutic benefits of engaging in creative activities. The program will kick off with a tour of the museum’s temporary exhibitions, allowing participants to explore the power of art as a means of communication, followed by a group discussion about the different meanings of Arabic words. Later, children will engage in creating mixed media artworks representing themselves and their surroundings using art to express their emotions. The programme is taught in English and Arabic.

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art invites children aged 8 12 to its Bookmaking and Mixed Media Workshop. This program invites participating children to explore different art mediums, drawing on existing exhibitions to learn about different concepts and practices used in modern and contemporary art. The program includes a mixed media workshop, inspired by Huguette Caland and a book making workshop influenced by the work of Etel Adnan, both unique activities which explore themes related to the artwork in Mathafs permanent and temporary collections.

Dadu, Childrens Museum of Qatar presents a week-long summer program, hosted at QOSM, centering around health, wellness, and the environment. The program, titled Dadu planet Camp: Explore Health, Wellness, and the Environment, invites participants between the ages of 8 – 11 to engage in various activities each day, and solve mini challenges which teach the value of the environment and explore different elements of physical wellbeing, such as healthy eating. Activities will include space station and rocket making on day one, building survival suits and claiming planets on day two, creating new settlements on day three, observing and painting wildlife on day four, and then showcasing their achievements in an exhibition on day five. Through these activities, children will develop confidence, motivation, leadership skills, and learn about physical well-being and environmental conservation.

The AI Digital Centre, located at NMOQ, will offer an innovative summer program “Coding Your Wellbeing with the AI Digital Centre”. Participants will be introduced to ideas of wellbeing and expression of emotions through the virtual world and will have the chance to utilize micro bit to create apps which support with emotional wellbeing.

As part of QM’s continuous commitment to supporting informal learning, the summer programs exemplify QM’s belief in the transformative power of education and museums as catalysts for learning and creativity. Through collaborations with academic institutions, schools, and organizations, QM provides lifelong learning opportunities and fosters cultural awareness.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Jordanian dates account for 15% of global market-Hneifat

Minister of Agriculture, Khaled Hneifat, on Thursday visited Palmera Dates Agriculture and Trading LLC. in the capital, which is one of the largest companies for sorting and packing dates. Hneifat was briefed on production lines, refrigeration, packaging, sorting, preservation and packaging processes by the company’s CEO, Yazan Abu Hantash. Hneifat said Jordan’s dates sector is a priority for the ministry’s work and directs support to overcome its challenges, especially as its Majhool dates account for 15% of the global market and constitutes 17% of the crops cultivated in the Jordan Valley and attracts local and foreign investment. Hneifat also referred to the ministry’s plans to support associations to organize and develop the dates sector and achieve the desired growth by dealing with production inputs and providing guidance-based marketing. JAPCO, he noted, will work to open new markets in a number of European countries to market dates, while the ministry will work to review agreements with several countries to serve agricultural exports, and develop transport and export means. For his part, Abu Hantash said a total of 130 workers are employed at the company’s sorting and packing center, as well as more than 140 employees are working in the field, and double the number are indirectly employed in the logistics and transportation services. Abu Hantash noted the company produces about 3,400 tons of dates annually, which constitutes a high export value and an added value locally, lauding the ministry’s role in supporting the dates sector and investing in this industry. During the visit, Hneifat met with head of Jordan Dates Association (JODA), Anwar Haddad, and was briefed on key issues related to the dates sector and its challenges. Haddad valued the ministry’s efforts, especially National Plan for Sustainable Agriculture, in supporting and developing the dates sector.

Source: Jordan News Agency