Performers conclude Riyadh Nexus Festival on high note

The festival ended on Saturday with winners of the six competitions, including cosplay, sharing a $2 million prize fund. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 08 December 2019

Performers conclude Riyadh Nexus Festival on high note

  • The performers delivered a one-hour concert that thrilled festivalgoers

RIYADH: American DJ Mako and electronic music act the Crystal Method headlined a concert on day two of Riot Games’ Nexus festival in Riyadh.

Taking to the stage at Riyadh Boulevard, the performers delivered a one-hour concert that thrilled festivalgoers.

As well as the concert, people saw closely fought matches as the region’s eight best sides competed in the playoff stages of the League of Legends’ 5v5 Summoners Rift competition.

The festival ended on Saturday with winners of the six competitions, including cosplay, sharing a $2 million prize fund.

International music artist Jason Derulo also took to the stage for a special concert to mark the end of the inaugural Nexus Festival.

Riot Games was founded in 2006 to develop player-focused games. In 2009, it released its debut title, League of Legends, which went on to become the most-played PC game in the worlds.

Founded by Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, Riot is based in Los Angeles and has more than 20 offices worldwide.


Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari, Saudi ambassador to Lebanon

Updated 09 August 2020

Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari, Saudi ambassador to Lebanon

Saudi Arabia has stepped up its relief efforts in Lebanon following the deadly explosions in Beirut.

Saudi Ambassador Walid bin Abdullah Bukhari said the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center began organizing emergency aid immediately after the incident.

Bukhari has been the Saudi envoy to Lebanon since December 2018. He previously served as charge d’affaires at the embassy from March 2018 until his current appointment.

Bukhari obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science with distinction at the King Abdul Aziz University in 1995.

He obtained a higher diploma in diplomatic studies at the Institute of Diplomatic Studies in Riyadh in 2000, and a master’s in international politics from California State University, Fullerton.

He joined the Saudi diplomatic corps in 1996. In 1999, he was appointed deputy head of the mission of the Kingdom’s embassy in Niger.

Bukhari served as the consul general in Los Angeles from 2002 to 2006. In 2007, he was appointed to the office of the undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He became director of total quality management in 2009.

In 2013, he was assigned a role at the Saudi Embassy in Berlin. He was appointed assistant director general of planning and development at the ministry in 2016. He also served as the director general of diplomatic affairs and protocol and deputy undersecretary for protocol affairs in 2017.