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A Guide on How to Spend Your Eid Differently this Year

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We’re finally in the last weekend the separates us from Eid Al-Adha and we better make the best out of this somewhat long vacation and enjoy it while it while it lasts!

The following our own suggestions on how to spend your Eid differently this year and make the most of it.

1- Enjoy a movie outside!

 

This is a reminder that Taif Season is having the first outdoor cinema in a garden with some of the latest hits, including Alaadin, Toy Story 4 and more! The movies that are certainly suitable for a nice family day out.

2- Color Marathon

 

From the 15th till 17th of August, you can enjoy a colorful run similar to the color marathon that was held earlier this year. Besides it being a fun way to spend the day with friends, there are also valuable prizes for winners.

3- Swim with the Dolphins

Yes, you read that right! Swimming with dolphins is one of the many fun and refreshing activities that you can enjoy at Fakeih Aquarium in Jeddah, afterwards you can enjoy a fine dining experience at their Blue Ocean restaurant.

4- Discover Countries at Souk Okaz

 

Souk Okaz gives you the chance of discovering different cities all in one place, from Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon to Oman and more, indulge on the culture of several cities without having to travel far.

The event is available this entire month for you to enjoy!

5- Enjoy Eid Fireworks

 

Ward Village will have an amazing fireworks show on the first and second day of Eid, and then on every weekend afterwards. Don’t miss on the festivities and Eid vibes during Taif Season!

6- Go hiking

 

If you truly are looking for a unique way to spend you Eid then hiking is your way to doing this! It is the perfect way to bond with your family or friends away from the city noise and technology.

Excited? Then click here for more details on hiking activities.

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Six Saudi Films By Local Filmmakers Will Soon Be Released on Netflix

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Six Saudi Films By Local Filmmakers Will Soon Be Released on Netflix

The streaming giant Netflix are adding six Saudi short films that are produced by the startup Telfaz11 Studios! The movies are soon to be released on Netflix and by that putting the Saudi film industry on the map.

 

The six short films from the Kingdom fall under the title, “Six Windows In The Desert” and will shed the light on provoking subjects with social themes as the focus. They will be available online to 190 countries on the 27th of February.

Nuha El Tayeb, director of content acquisition at Netflix, said that viewers will finally get an exclusive access to the captivating and intriguing stories of the Arab world.

“It is our strong belief that a great story can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere. With the vast number of local talents and creators all over the world, the potential for diverse and interesting stories is endless,” she said.

Alaa Fadan, Chief Executive Officer at Telfaz11 Studios, added, “It brings us immense pride to have six of our short films brought onto Netflix. We are excited to bring the work of local Saudi talents to 167 million subscribers around the world. Telfaz11 Studios produces authentic and intriguing stories from our culture, and we cannot wait for the world to see what we have to offer.”

These movies are proudly created by local Saudi filmmakers, in an attempt to highlight and challenge the social issues that often occur and need to be addressed in the Kingdom.

Not only will ‘Six Windows in the Desert’ offer global audiences a lens into the perspective of the Saudi creators, but also through the eyes of film characters with their own take on storytelling.” Netflix said in a statement.

 

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RSIFF to Launch Under the Theme ‘Changing the script’ 

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The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) has announced its inaugural session that will launch in March in Jeddah’s Old Town under the theme of ‘Changing the script.’

The film festival also announced the honoring of three cinematic heroes who have made so many changes in the industry and contributed a lot to the world of cinema. They are Jack Lang, former French Minister of Culture, Kim Dong-ho, founder of South Korea’s Busan Film Festival, and Daniela Michel, founding director of the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico.

Festival director Mahmoud Sabbagh commented: “The honoring of these three legendary figures is at the heart of the Red Sea Film Festival’s goals. An appreciation of pioneers of the film industry, who contributed to unlocking artistic capabilities of their compatriots and developing cinematic masterpieces to be enjoyed for generations.”

“It coincides with the founding moment of the film industry in our country, and in honoring these individuals looks at how the introduction of similar international models can add to the dialogue establishing Saudi’s film industry.” Sabbagh added.

The theme of the festival has been chosen in a way that reflects the atmosphere of the festival and the ability of cinema in documenting social changes, the theme relates to the Kingdom in specific as it has just recently started penetrating the world of cinema ever since it has taken over several changes.

 

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Cinema Investment in the Kingdom Hits A Significant Increase

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Cinema investment in the Kingdom was expected to hit more than SR5 billion during 2020 and that is according to the latest figures, and new data published shows that 140 movie theaters are set to open in 30 malls across Saudi Arabia which will create more than 5,300 job opportunities.

These data has been published ahead of the Cinema Build KSA 2020 conference that will take place on the 19th of February until the 20th at the Fairmont hotel in Riyadh.

The event is organized by Eyes of Cities in cooperation with the Great Minds Group and is expected to witness the attendance of more than 300 participants, with at least 30 sponsors and exhibitors, and 25 international speakers.

This proves once again the significant growth in the Saudi cinema industry and that it is on the verge of becoming the leader in the region, seeing how it’s attracting the attention of stakeholders.

This falls under the goals of the 2030 Vision that aims at increasing the household spending on domestic entertainment from 2.9% to 6% of total expenditure.

According to the Cinema Build KSA report, supporting and developing the cinema sector will not only help recover Saudi investments but will also provide thousands of job opportunities with an estimation of 5,314 job vacancies.

 

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