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2019 Recap: Highlights and Moments that Will Never Be Forgotten

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2019 is coming an end and closing its last page tonight and looking back at this year, we can really say that it was one hell of a year for the Kingdom!

It witnessed many firsts and saw incredible performances from international superstars, from all the seasons that were hosted to the countless concerts and exhibitions, we can fairly say that 2019 was one epic year and here are some this year’s highlights and grand moments that we will never ever forget.

The Kingdom celebrating New Year’s Eve for the first time!

For the first time in its history, the Kingdom will celebrate New Year’s Eve and that indeed will be a great closure to 2019, proving that this year has been indeed the year of change.

The Kingdom finally welcoming tourists!

Saudi Arabia opening up for tourists and finally issuing visas might just be the greatest thing to happen in 2019, and soon after this happened, influencers were quick to visit the city for the first time and shared with the world some epic pictures that showcase the beauty of the Kingdom that was kept hidden away for centuries.

Basically every moment from MDL Beast

The Kingdom hosting the largest music festival in the region was one of the most epic events! MDL Beast brought the biggest names in EDM music from David Guetta, Tiesto, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Black Coffee, to Steve Aoki and more!

The event also attracted a huge number of influencers and celebrities who came all the way to the Kingdom to witness the making of historical moments.

Breaking Guinness World Records

The first one was during the Crown Prince Camel Festival, when the Kingdom broke the record by creating a giant statue of a camel. The second one was awarded for Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz Falconry Festival for being the world’s largest falcon racing tournament ever.

Launching the Red Sea International Film Festival

Another great leap for the Kingdom and that is encouraging aspiring filmmakers who are eager for a platform to showcase their work in, Saudi Arabia launched the Red Sea International Film Festival which will be an annual film festival held in Jeddah.

The first edition will kick off in 2020.

Women of Saudi Arabia Rocking this year

Women of Saudi Arabia also ruled this year with Dania Akeel becoming first Saudi woman to obtainher Speed Bikes Competition license following her application for the Saudi Arabian Motorsport Federation, and then there was also Reema Juffali who became the first Saudi female racer to compete at the Diriyah Circuit. 

The Joy Forum 19

Organized by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), the major industry event saw a number of mega stars and entertainment pioneers from across the world, such as Indian actor and film producer Shah Rukh Khan; Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director Jackie Chan and Belgian actor and martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme.

The Launch of Winter Wonderland

The famous Winter Wonderland came all the way from UK to Riyadh on October 20 and brought visitors snow parks, penguins and ice-skating rinks, for a city that isn’t known to have winter attractions, visitors were in for big surprises!

Now, of course the Kingdom witnessed way more grand moments and highlights, we can go on and on about the concerts alone and we will never be able to remember all! One thing we know for sure is that 2019 proved to be one lit year and showed the world a side of Riyadh that no one ever imagined to see. Here’s a recap of some of the concerts that took place.

Happy new year everyone! We can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for us.

 

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Top Saudi Titles Make it to a Catalogue of 44 Arab Movies on Netflix

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Netflix, the leading entertainment giant, is releasing a new cataglogue that will include 44 movies by Arab directors, such as Youssef Chahine, Youssry Nasrallah, Nadine Labaki, Moustapha Akkad, Anne Marie Jacir, Laila Marrakchi and many more.

Among the list are Saudi titles that have made their debut on Netflix this year, including the newly released and first Saudi thriller and drama series, “Whispers,” the award-winning short film collection “Six Windows in the Desert,” and the first Saudi animation movie, “Masameer.”

The new catalogue will bring together cinematic masterpieces and contemporary rising stars from the Arab world’s entertainment industry, this way giving a platform to Arab talents to display their work.

The stories come from the UAE, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Algeria and Sudan.

“We want more people around the world to have access to great stories and have the chance to see their lives represented on screen,” said Netflix MENAT Director of Content Acquisitions Nuha El-Tayeb.

“We also believe that great stories come from anywhere and can travel everywhere, connecting with audiences far beyond their place or language of origin,” El-Tayeb added.

“We’re honored to share these classic and contemporary films with our members in the Arab world and globally.”

You can already find some of these film on Netflix and the rest will be available soon.

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Whispers: First Saudi Thriller Series to Debut on Netflix in June

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Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series entitled ‘Whispers’ will begin streaming on June 11th, the series will be of eight episodes and subtitled in more than 20 languages to stream in 190 countries.

The series is written by Roolan Hassan and produced by the Saudi Entertainment Phenomena Company “EP Saudi.” 

The show tells the story of a family who is facing the death of the family patriarch, Hassan, whose mysterious past comes to the surface and haunts them before the expected launch of the company’s new smart application.

The story then starts developing and showing the different perspectives of the series’ protagonists, in addition to examining social issues that prevail in the series including family feuds and the struggles brought by family businesses. 

Nuha Eltayeb, director of content acquisitions for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey at Netflix, said: “We believe that great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere.

“Whispers is a fast-paced drama and every episode holds a new clue that will keep viewers wanting more. We are thrilled to be offering the new series to all our users in 190 countries and to be giving them the chance to discover great Arabic content that is full of mysterious twists.” She added.

The series stars Shaimaa Al Fadl, Mysoon Alruwaily, Elham Ali, Nada Tawhid, Norah Alanbar, Leila Arabi, Ali Al Sharif, Osama Al Qass, Mohamed Ali and Abdul Mohsen Alnimer.

‘Whispers’ is a Saudi-produced dramatic thriller series that offers a new take on storytelling and marks my first time working with the great actor, Abdul Mohsen Alnimer. The series also features several unconventional female characters who truly embody the reasons why this project is so close to my heart. I am very proud that Netflix decided to make the series available to their 183 million subscribers worldwide and I hope viewers in Saudi Arabia, the GCC, the Arab region and beyond will enjoy it.” Alomair said in a statement.

We can’t wait to see the promising show and we’re positive that it’s merely the start of more great shows to come our way!

 

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Top Arab Female DJs to Keep on Your Radar

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Let loose and dance your worries away on the tunes of these Arab female DJs whose sounds have uplifted the spirits of many, and March being the month of women, we wanted to take the chance and celebrate these Arab female DJs who are rocking concerts.

Enjoy your next favorite playlist!

DJ Cosmicat

DJ Cosmicat, in one of the very few Saudi female DJs, she is spinning the hottest tunes as one of the DJs contributing greatly to the music scene in the Kingdom.

The Jeddah-based artist has successfully made it as one of the most talented acts in the Kingdom’s Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene. She rose to the surface after the region’s largest music festival MDL Beast that was just recently held in Riyadh, now thanks to the festival, she’s now on every favorite list of every EDM enthusiast.

Simi & Haze

Sama and Haya Khadra are Saudi-born Palestinian identical twins, not only did they make it as an in demand DJs but they have also made it as fashion icons. The twins are Coachella regulars and you will find them casually hanging out with the Hadids sisters, the Jenner clan and other A-listers.

DJ Akladios

The Egyptian DJ is among the popular DJs in Cairo, she rocked parties in not only Egypt but Europe as well! With that, she was able to create a global fanbase for her fresh mixes of tech-house music.

Tala Mortada

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The Lebanese DJ is one of the big names in Beirut’s club scene, she spins the grooviest of tunes behind the decks of the city’s busiest clubs.

Sonya

Sonya is a Dubai-based DJ who has dominated the party scene in not just the UAE but across the world as well, her upbeat, house, funk and hip-hop mixes are guaranteed to keep you up and dancing! And with high sense of fashion, she was able to land herself gigs at some of the most high-end fashion houses including YSL, Louboutin, Versace and more.

 

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