‘Marvel Experience’ show debuts in Jeddah on Sunday

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Marvel breaks new ground in Saudi Arabia as iconic superheroes like Captain America will appear in virtual reality in the Middle East for the first time. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 03 February 2019
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‘Marvel Experience’ show debuts in Jeddah on Sunday

  • Saudi Arabia will be the first country in region to host interactive show

JEDDAH: “The Marvel Experience” virtual reality show is coming to Saudi Arabia, and will visit Jeddah and Riyadh as part of its tour of the Kingdom.
“Marvel Experience KSA” will be the first time iconic superheroes like Captain America and the Hulk have appeared in virtual reality in the Middle East, when the show debuts at the Jeddah Waterfront on Sunday.
Produced by the Saudi General Entertainment Authority and Los Angeles-based company and live-action specialists Hero Ventures, it will give audiences the opportunity to experience the “Marvel Universe” in person.
The shows will be run by LuxuryKSA, and housed in large, temporary dome complexes, with extensive 3-D animation, state-of-the-art resources and technology, and interactive virtual reality games with exciting story lines.
Audiences will, for example, get the chance to defend the Earth in an epic 360-degree immersive experience, alongside their Marvel heroes and under the supervision of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” character Nick Fury.
Rick Licht, CEO of Hero Ventures, said: “Having Marvel break new ground in Saudi Arabia is absolutely fantastic! Fans in this region will be overwhelmed by our show, as they will be able to witness and experience technological advances in entertainment that are practically beyond imagination.”
Brian Crosby, creative director of Marvel Themed Entertainment, said: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring ‘The Marvel Experience’ to the people of Saudi Arabia.”
“Marvel has, and always will be, a story that is grounded in the world outside your window, filled with characters like Spider-Man, Captain America, the Hulk and many others, who face challenges and rise up to become something more.”
“‘The Marvel Experience’ allows fans of all ages to live out their own adventures and become a part of the ‘Marvel Universe.’ The collaboration between us at Marvel and the phenomenal team at Hero Ventures has been a labor of love for all involved, and I hope each of our guests senses that the minute they walk through our doors. Through comic books, television, film, video games and themed entertainment, Marvel is about a story. And this story is yours.”
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a library of over 8,000 characters created since 1939.
Now owned by the Walt Disney Co., it has moved gradually from comic books, its original platform, to television, video games and movies; to date, its films have grossed over $12 billion worldwide.


Saudi Arabian doctors save lives around the world with Albalsam International

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Saudi Arabian doctors save lives around the world with Albalsam International

  • Specific teams are chosen for each trip based on the needs of the country in question, says team leader Emad Bukhari

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian nonprofit Albalsam International Organization and its team of surgeons have reportedly provided medical assistance to 2,524 patients in six different countries, including Yemen and Tanzania, it announced recently.

Albalsam, which opened in Switzerland in 2017 under the leadership of Saudi cardiologist and executive director Dr. Emad Bukhari, provides free medical services to underprivileged citizens around the world. 

The organization has seven teams specializing in different areas of medicine: Cardiovascular medicine and surgery; ophthalmic medicine and surgery; pediatric medicine and surgery; cardiac catheterization; pediatric urology; intensive care; and respiratory care.

Bukhari cites Qur’an 22:77 — “O you who have believed, bow and prostrate and worship your Lord and do good — that you may succeed” — as the inspiration behind the organization.

“By the grace of God first, and then by the hard work and devotion of my team and the generous assistance of those who donate to us, we are able to do good in service of humanity,” Bukhari told Arab News.

In numbers

560 cases of eye patients.

2,524 recipients.

46 surgery for children.

Specific teams are chosen for each trip based on the needs of the country in question, he explained: “If we are urgently needed to perform surgeries, we’ll send a larger surgical team of about 10 people. If we are sending doctors to offer training or teaching, we might send four.” The necessary resources for each trip are donated by various hospitals.

The doctors do their utmost to ensure that they are able to provide follow-up care for their patients too, and monitor their recovery. 

“We do not go anywhere unless we know we have the full means to offer the proper care,” Bukhari said. 

“We ensure that the local medical teams can carry on the treatment after we leave, training them ourselves if we have to, and we even follow up on the phone or over Skype, if necessary.”

To date, the organization has provided services including open-heart surgery, cardiac catheterization therapeutic intervention surgery, cardiac ultrasound diagnosis, cataract surgery, and various pediatric surgical procedures.

Bukhari said that the organization treats all patients equally, regardless of race, creed or gender.

“Islam teaches us that saving a single life is like saving all of humanity, and that is how Albalsam contributes to the growth and expansion of its work and puts its own mark on humanitarian action.”