Saudi with beautiful collection of beasts wants to develop his animal kingdom into a zoo

Osama Al-Dughairi collection includes animals such as bears, crocodiles, lions, tigers and monkeys. (Photo/Social media)
Updated 12 January 2019
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Saudi with beautiful collection of beasts wants to develop his animal kingdom into a zoo

  • There are only 100-250 leopards living in various parts of the Arabian Peninsula, said Dr. Ahmad Al-Bouq, a former spokesman of the Saudi Wildlife Authority

MAKKAH: Osama Al-Dughairi, a young Saudi in his 20s, is an animal lover to the core. His love for animals could be gauged through the fact that he has transformed his house and farm in Buraidah into a small zoo containing a variety of animals.
His collection includes animals such as bears, crocodiles, lions, tigers and monkeys. The animal enthusiast wishes to establish a zoo for people to see the various inhabitants of the animal kingdom living in better conditions and receiving proper care.
The young Saudi said love for animals runs in his family. “Some other members of my family share my passion,” he said.
Al-Dughairi said his family’s support encouraged him to continue his passion and increase the number of animals at his farm.
“I have a collection of lions, snakes, bears, Siberian tigers and Bengali cheetahs. Most of the animals grew up with me, they know my character and I know theirs,” Al-Dughairi said.
“I wish to establish a complete safari and I want to get an official permit in this regard,” he said. The Saudi man wants his dream project to be an attraction for domestic and foreign tourists. He firmly believes that the expertise he has acquired over time could be of great use to the Kingdom’s wildlife authorities. He has different ideas to share with the authorities to help increase the dwindling population of Arabian leopards and sand wolves.
The size of leopards’ habitat in Saudi Arabia has shrunk by 90 percent since the 19th century, according to an environmental study.
There are only 100-250 leopards living in various parts of the Arabian Peninsula, said Dr. Ahmad Al-Bouq, a former spokesman of the Saudi Wildlife Authority.
Leopards in the Kingdom are threatened by people killing them, hunting their prey and destroying their habitats, he added.
Al-Dughairi said: “Animals seek to live in environments where they are cared for constantly.”
“The feeding budget for most animals is huge. A lion needs up to 14 kilograms every day,” he said. “I will try to contact sponsors as soon as an official permit is issued.”
Al-Dughairi called on all those wishing to raise animals not to do so without having sufficient knowledge. He said at times it is perilous to enter the cages of predatory animals. “Their temper and head and tail movements need to be closely observed,” he cautioned.


Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

Updated 21 March 2019
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Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

  • The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts
  • The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month

DHAHRAN: As part of Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province, the fifth Saudi Film Festival will feature Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Indian superstar Salman Khan.
The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in partnership with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).
Khan recently announced in a video message that he will visit Ithra on Sunday as a guest of the film festival.
“Hello Saudi Arabia, assalamu alaikum,” he said in the video. “See you at Ithra on the 24th of March, InshaAllah.”
The actor is best known for his performances in blockbuster Hindi flicks such as “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, “Ek Tha Tiger” and its sequel “Tiger Zinda Hai.”
In “An Evening with the Stars,” Khan will talk about his lengthy Bollywood career as both a film star and a producer.
He has starred in more than 80 Bollywood films, and has produced more than 30 via his production company Salman Khan Films.
On Monday, Gooding Jr. will take to the stage to discuss his 30 years of experience as an actor.
The American is best known for his performances in “Jerry Maguire”, “A Few Good Men” and “Men of Honor.”
Gooding Jr. has played more than 85 roles over the course of his career. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rod Tidwell in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire.”
Tickets to both events, as well as for the film festival as a whole, are available on Ithra’s website.
The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month, with more than 83 activities in nine cities.