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Saudi Arabia Breaks World Record

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Saudi Arabia has officially acquired the position of being the country that hosted the largest fireworks display in history, according to the Guinness World Records.

This comes after a celebration that was conducted in different cities across the Kingdom. The General Entertainment Authority in Saudi managed to succeed in setting off 962,168 fireworks. A number that surpassed the previously-held record by the Philippines: a record of 810,000 fireworks.

It should be noted that the GSE had previously broken another world record in making the world’s biggest flag in the sky using drones, back on the 88th National Day.

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Saudi Film ‘The Perfect Candidate’ Is Now An Oscar Contender

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Saudi director Haifaa Al-Mansour just made history once again with her feature film ‘The Perfect Candidate‘ becoming the first ever Saudi Arabian Oscar contender.

The movie is produced by Los Angeles based Al-Mansour and Brad Niemann and for the first time, the Saudi Film Council showed tremendous support to the movie.

Now, the movie is competing for the award of Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. 

The film has also been screened in several prestigious international festivals including the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival and just recently, the movie has been chosen to be distributed in the UK by ‘Modern Films’.

The movie revolves around a young doctor called Maryam who decides to run for public office and in doing so, she starts to face obstacles along the way that are of course related to gender. The movie takes us on a journey of how the heroine, played by Mila Alzahrani, is trying to break stereotypes and gender inequality.

Saudi Arabia continues to diversify its economy and open to new cultural opportunities and that’s why having a Saudi film submitted by the Saudi Academy Awards Committee to the Oscars is considered a milestone.

 

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Surprises Coming Your Way During this Riyadh Season

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General Entertainment Authority Chairman, Turki Al-Sheikh provided earlier this week more details about the 12 festival zones that are taking part in the Riyadh Season, and also revealed some of the events to take place across the country in the upcoming two months.

For starters, the South Korean boy band BTS will perform at King Fahd International Stadium on October 11, marking their first ever performance in Saudi Arabia and hopefully won’t be the last.

On the 17th of October, the Kingdom will witness its largest parade ever in which 1,500 participants will march the parade in costumes.

Meanwhile on October 17th, an open-air cinema will be held at Riyadh Boulevard whereas the latest movies will be played, and several international restaurants will serve your favorite food.

Visitors will also get to enjoy the world’s most extravagant dancing fountains.

Next month, Argentina will be back for a revenge attempt against Brazil as Saudi Arabia hosts the Superclasico de las Americas once again.

Meanwhile, the Riyadh Front venue will feature the season’s largest exhibition area ever, as it will host to a wide range of events including Space Discovery, ComicCon, a Cirque du Soleil show, and a performance of Michael Jackson concert “Thriller Live.”

Stay tuned for more details, as this season is expected to be like no other!

 

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WWE Crown Jewel Returns to Saudi Arabia Next Month

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King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh will host the WWE Crown Jewel on October 31st and you can book your tickets starting from Tuesday.

According to WWEArabic.com, the Saudi General Sports Authority will host the show from King Fahd International Stadium on Halloween, and tickets will go on sale this week at prices starting from only SR25 ($7).

The event will feature big names from WWE Superstars Seth Rollins, Kofi Kingston, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, The New Day, Randy Orton, AJ Styles, and Rey Mysterio along with special appearances by WWE Hall of Fame Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.

Crown Jewel will also include the homecoming of Mansoor Al-Shehail, WWE’s first Saudi Arabian Superstar who just recently won the largest Battle Royal Match in WWE history at Super ShowDown in Jeddah last June.

Tickets will be available through this link.

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