Saudi information minister meets General Bajwa

Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, information minister of Saudi Arabia, met General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff, on Saturday. (ISPR photo)
Updated 09 September 2018

Saudi information minister meets General Bajwa

  • Dr. Al-Awwad visit to Pakistan aims to identify new areas of cooperation
  • The visiting minister reaffirmed the Kingdom’s support to Pakistan, says ISPR

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia’s Information Minister Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad met Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Saturday.

According to an official handout circulated by the military’s public relations wing, the visiting dignitary lauded the strong and brotherly relations between the two countries and reaffirmed the Kingdom’s support for Pakistan, as Islamabad works toward greater regional peace and stability.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have always enjoyed deep religious, political, and strategic ties. Al-Awwad’s visit is also aiming to identify new areas of cooperation between them with special focus on information and culture.
The visiting minister also met his Pakistani counterpart Fawad Chaudhry on Friday to discuss how the two allies could further broaden and deepen their relationship in these areas.


Penguins and an ice rink to be part of Riyadh’s winter show

More than 300 trailers have been shipped from all over Europe to Riyadh for the English-style winter carnival. (AN photo/Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 16 October 2019

Penguins and an ice rink to be part of Riyadh’s winter show

  • More than 250 workers are busy setting it up in one of Riyadh’s busiest areas

RIYADH: Snow parks, penguins and ice-skating rinks are common winter attractions in cities with the weather to match — but Riyadh?

Still, there’s a first time for everything, and Riyadh Season is giving the Saudi capital the opportunity to prove it with the opening on Oct. 20 of Winter Wonderland.

More than 300 trailers have been shipped from all over Europe to Riyadh for the English-style winter carnival, and more than 250 workers are busy setting it up in one of Riyadh’s busiest areas.

The site, against the stunning backdrop of the King Abdullah Financial District skyscrapers, will accommodate up to 40,000 visitors a day. “It is challenging, but it is wonderful to be here,” events director Edward Mellors told Arab News. “We are really enjoying it. It’s nice to be involved in bringing such a big project to a country like this.”

As well as the snow park, the ice rink and the penguins, attractions include a Marvel excursion, with Iron Man and other superheroes from the franchise.

“We have been sourcing these rides from all over the world, getting them together and making lots of deals, getting them on ships,” said Mellors. “I can’t think of any one challenge that has been the biggest, but with all of them put together, it has been a mountain.”