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

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More than 300 trailers have been shipped from all over Europe to Riyadh for the English-style winter carnival. (AN photo/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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More than 300 trailers have been shipped from all over Europe to Riyadh for the English-style winter carnival. (AN photo/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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More than 300 trailers have been shipped from all over Europe to Riyadh for the English-style winter carnival. (AN photo/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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More than 300 trailers have been shipped from all over Europe to Riyadh for the English-style winter carnival. (AN photo/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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More than 300 trailers have been shipped from all over Europe to Riyadh for the English-style winter carnival. (AN photo/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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More than 300 trailers have been shipped from all over Europe to Riyadh for the English-style winter carnival. (AN photo/Ziyad Alarfaj)
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More than 300 trailers have been shipped from all over Europe to Riyadh for the English-style winter carnival. (AN photo/Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 18 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.”


Saudi Arabia reopens Prophet’s Mosque two months after outbreak

Updated 31 May 2020

Saudi Arabia reopens Prophet’s Mosque two months after outbreak

  • All other places of worship, except for those in Makkah, also opened on Sunday
  • Facilities had been closed down as part of the Kingdom’s anti-virus program 

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia re-opened the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Sunday, after closing it down for two months as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus across the country.
“Sheikh Ali Hudaify leading Fajr Salah (Morning Prayer) in Masjid Al Nabawi after opening,” a post on the official Twitter handle of Haramain Sharifain or the Two Holy Mosques said on Sunday, adding that all mosques across the Kingdom, except for those in Makkah, had been opened for “believers with precautionary measures.”
It follows an announcement on Friday by the Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh, who spoke about the measures taken by the Kingdom’s mosques to welcome worshippers.
“Throughout our inspection trips, we found our mosques to have completed preparations and are in the best condition,” he said.
Another tweet shared by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs said that they had completed the preparations “to reopen 90,000 mosques across the Kingdom of #SaudiArabia, after the approval of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to lift the suspension of Friday and congregational prayers in all mosques.”