Rotana Khalijia wins big in Sayidaty’s Ramadan survey

A scene from ‘Shabab Al-Bomb,’ which was declared the best comedy series.
Updated 03 October 2019

Rotana Khalijia wins big in Sayidaty’s Ramadan survey

Rotana Khalijia has won several laurels in an annual Ramadan survey conducted by Sayidaty magazine — the most popular publication in the Arab world. 

This survey, considered the largest and most trustworthy in the region, covers top Ramadan TV series, programs, hosts and stars. 

What adds to the credibility of this survey is the fact that 50 professionals — critics, TV writers, producers and media figures — joined forces to conduct it. A public vote on Sayidaty’s online platforms also helped the popular women’s magazine compile the survey results.

Abdallah Al-Mudefeir, host of “Al-Liwan,” produced and aired on Rotana Khalijia, was acclaimed as the best Khaliji variety host for Ramadan 2019. Al-Mudefeir hosted a number of eminent guests that received high rankings and increased the channel’s viewership.

Rotana Khalijia’s “Shabab Al-Bomb” — ranked first —  was declared the best comedy series. It came as no surprise as the hit show continues to attract a record number of TV and online viewers.

Renowned Kuwaiti actress Hayat Al-Fahad was voted as the best Khaliji actress for her role in “Hodoud Al-Char” — a hit drama series that ran on Rotana Khalijia during Ramadan 2019.

These annual wins strengthen Rotana Khalijia’s position as a favorite destination for Khaliji audience in general and Saudis in particular, as the channel makes it a point to offer them a diversified grid to fit their likings.

The entertainment channel, which was originally launched as a music channel, now airs cultural, folkloric, musical and sports programming, talk shows as well as exclusive premium series.


Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

Updated 17 October 2019

Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

  • Citizens of Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can now benefit from fast and convenient 
eVisa portal when arranging their next visit to the city of St. Petersburg.
Guarded by two marble lions at the entrance, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg sits within the walls of a 19th-century royal palace in the beautifully preserved imperial city of St. Petersburg. Celebrated globally for its history and architecture, Russia’s cultural capital recently became an even more attractive destination for GCC travelers thanks to the introduction of a convenient new online eVisa process.
Launched at the beginning of October, the St. Petersburg eVisa portal enables citizens from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman to enjoy the benefits of fast and simple online visa applications. Travelers can simply fill in the online form, upload a photograph, and can complete the entire process in just a few clicks. Applications can be made within 20 days of traveling, and up to four days before arrival. The visa is valid for stays of up to eight days in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region.
Felix Murillo, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, said: “The introduction of the eVisa portal offers a new level of convenience for international travelers, making it easier than ever for GCC citizens to arrange a trip to our wonderful city. Our concierge team takes great pleasure in highlighting St. Petersburg’s historical and cultural visitor attractions, and will be happy to arrange anything our guests may require to turn every trip into an unforgettable experience. We look forward to welcoming visitors from the Middle East to our beautiful hotel to share cherished moments and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
The Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg is located in the upmarket Admiralteysky district and was originally constructed in the early 19th century for Prince Alexander Yakovlevich Lobanov-Rostovsky.
Since first opening its doors to guests in 2013, the property offers 183 rooms, including 26 sumptuously decorated suites.
Perhaps the most stunning of the hotel’s accommodations is the one-of-a-kind Lobanov Presidential Suite, where guests can gather by the living room fireplace for a night of intimate conversation, host an al fresco dinner party on the expansive private terrace with stunning views of the Admiralty building and the surrounding park, or retreat to the grand master bedroom for a quiet and cosy evening.
The hotel is inviting guests to embark on a range of culinary adventures across its three restaurants. Diners can experience pan-asian fusion flavors at Sintoho, authentic Italian dishes at Percorso and modern Russian cuisine at The Tea Lounge.
Catering to the needs of visitors from the Middle East, halal meat is available on request.