Entertainment deals with India aims to bring Bollywood to Saudi Arabia

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The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) signed two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Indian entertainment companies on Wednesday. (GEA)
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The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) signed two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Indian entertainment companies on Wednesday. (GEA)
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The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) signed two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Indian entertainment companies on Wednesday. (GEA)
Updated 21 February 2019

Entertainment deals with India aims to bring Bollywood to Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will host several concerts featuring major Bollywood performers after the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) signed two memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Indian entertainment companies on Wednesday.
The agreements were reached during the Saudi-Indian Forum that was held in the latter’s capital, New Delhi, during the visit of the Kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the South Asian nation.
Over 400 people attended the opening day of the forum, including government officials and businessmen from both countries. It included an exhibition called “Invest in Saudi Arabia,” in which several Saudi companies showcased their services, expertise and missions to their Indian counterparts, to facilitate investment from the subcontinent in the Kingdom’s burgeoning private sector.
The MoUs, signed by the GEA’s chief information officer, Ibrahim Al-Moqbil, were agreed with the creative agency Totem Spot FZE, to plan Bollywood concerts in the Kingdom in 2019, and entertainment agency BToS Productions, to manage the concerts for the Bollywood stars, as well as for other international musicians performing in Saudi Arabia later this year.


The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

Updated 30 October 2020

The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

The Hajjana — fearless camel riders who patrolled the Kingdom’s borders — helped pave the way for the establishment of the modern Saudi state.
Their story goes back almost 90 years when a Hajjana border patrol was established during the reign of King Abdul Aziz in 1933.
After the Kingdom’s founder reclaimed Al-Ahsa, he ordered sea and land patrols to be carried out to tighten security in the region’s border areas.
Patrols were led by camel riders, so a military sector was formed at that time known as Hajjana. Its name was derived from their means of transport — camels.
Now, nine decades later, the Camel Club has established the Royal Hajjana to commemorate the group’s distinguished cultural heritage.
Since its creation in April, the Royal Hajjana has been preparing to take part in official reception ceremonies for King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s guests as well as national festivals sponsored by the king and crown prince.
It will also perform in Saudi heritage shows and represent the Kingdom in local and international camel festivals.
Hajjana officers became famous throughout the country after acquiring their name from the “hejin,” or camel. They protected the Kingdom’s residents from the south of the Empty Quarter to north of the Nafud Desert.
One of the founding king’s priorities was to provide security and protect the nation’s borders, so the Border Guard was among the first military sectors created.
The Coast Guard’s budget also included allocations for Hajjana officers, known as the Hajjana patrol commanders, whose role was part of the Frontier Corps.
Patrols continued to operate in southern regions until recently. However, the memory of the Hajjana remains fresh in the minds of the Kingdom’s border guards.