Yara al-Namla: First to represent women during Saudi National Day celebrations
For the first time at Jeddah’s al-Jawhara Stadium, Yara Ibrahim al-Namla represented Saudi women in celebrating the kingdom’s National Day by performing in an operetta.
She was joined in the performance by Saudi presenter Ahlam al-Yacoub, whose voice was used in the narration of the scenes.
Regarding her role, al-Namla, 18, said she was nominated by the operetta’s director Munir Al Qahtani and was finally chosen by the Chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Entertainment Ahmed Al-Khatib.
The Saudi national, currently studying architecture at Prince Sultan University, said she was selected according to features representing the successful enlightened Saudi woman “who has a common role with her male compatriot in establishing the achievement and keeping pace with the development,” she added.
She clarified that they were trained for the celebration for eight hours per day for a whole week, highlighting that participating in that festivities made her enthusiastic on her role as an MC to represent her country in any possible future national festivals, both locally and internationally.
“I felt responsible and happy at the same time and the most important success factor was fear… A huge audience has its own prestige, especially during a national occasion, which makes us responsible to look better and more powerful, to reflect the real meaning of the message,” al-Namla told Al Arabiya.
She stressed that she had her family’s support throughout and that it had a great role in her success. She highlighted that her main supporter has been Saudi Crown prince Mohamed Bin Salman and Chairman of the General Authority for Entertainment Ahmed al-Khatib.