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Yanbu port receives largest ship in its history

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1541447418899906800Tue, 2018-11-06 22:49 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Yanbu port has received the Jin Tai Feng, a ship carrying 82,498 tons of corn. It is 235 meters long and draws 13.50 meters. It is the largest ship the port has

مجلس الشيوخ الأميركي يضرب في صميم علاقة ترامب بن سلمان

وافق مجلس الشيوخ الأميركي على إجراء تصويت نهائي على مشروع قانون يمنع واشنطن من الاستمرار في تقديم دعم عسكري لتحالف العدوان السعودي على اليمن.
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مجلس الشيوخ الأميركي يضرب في صميم علاقة ترامب بن سلمان

وافق مجلس الشيوخ الأميركي على إجراء تصويت نهائي على مشروع قانون يمنع واشنطن من الاستمرار في تقديم دعم عسكري لتحالف العدوان السعودي على اليمن. وايد ال...

Organization of Islamic Cooperation approves aid for four education projects

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544647553791244300Wed, 2018-12-12 23:45 JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, has approved aid for four education projects in Uganda, Gambia and Maur
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Organization of Islamic Cooperation approves aid for four education projects

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544647553791244300Wed, 2018-12-12 23:45 JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, has approved aid for four education projects in Uganda, Gambia and Mauritius. Earlier this week, the OIC also approved humanitarian assistance for six projects in Palestine. The six projects are a continuation of the 31 allocated for Palestine that were approved by the Permanent Council of the Islamic Solidarity Fund in February. The OIC also celebrated International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, a UN-organized event held yearly on Nov. 29. The aid is an expression of solidarity from the OIC, represented by the Islamic Solidarity Fund. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)Makkah OIC countries seek to be dependent on their own halal vaccinesOIC reiterates support for Kashmiri people’s right to ‘self-determination’

Saudi novelist receives Naguib Mahfouz medal

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544647592171245700Wed, 2018-12-12 23:46 JEDDAH: Saudi novelist Umaima Al-Khamis has received the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature 2018 for her latest novel “Masra Al-Gharaniq fi Mudub Al-Aqiq” (Voyage of the Cranes in t
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Saudi novelist receives Naguib Mahfouz medal

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544647592171245700Wed, 2018-12-12 23:46 JEDDAH: Saudi novelist Umaima Al-Khamis has received the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature 2018 for her latest novel “Masra Al-Gharaniq fi Mudub Al-Aqiq” (Voyage of the Cranes in the Cities of Agate). The American University in Cairo Press (AUC) made the announcement on Wednesday. The awards are announced annually on the birth anniversary of the Egyptian Nobel laureate. Al-Khamis, born in 1966 in Riyadh, studied Arabic literature at the King Saud University and was listed for the Arabic Booker Prize in 2010. In her acceptance speech, Al-Khamis paid tribute to Naguib Mahfouz and described him as a great writer who taught the “magic and craft of” storytelling. Main category: Saudi ArabiaArt & CultureTags: Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature 2018Saudi ArabiaEgypt Do not worry about being happy: Saudi novelistSaudi novelist long-listed for prestigious literary prize

Budding businesses make their case at Riyadh conferences

Author: Rashid HassanID: 1544655437841772100Thu, 2018-12-13 01:55 RIYADH: Thousands of start-up owners, investors and other visitors flooded into the capital for two events in Riyadh on Wednesday. The ArabNet Riyadh conference, which focuses on di
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Budding businesses make their case at Riyadh conferences

Author: Rashid HassanID: 1544655437841772100Thu, 2018-12-13 01:55 RIYADH: Thousands of start-up owners, investors and other visitors flooded into the capital for two events in Riyadh on Wednesday. The ArabNet Riyadh conference, which focuses on digital businesses in the Gulf region, and ArabNet’s Monsha’at Startup Saudi, attracted regional and international digital business leaders and investors who came to share the latest trends and business opportunities with an audience of more than 4,000 up-and-coming entrepreneurs and students and 200 start-ups. The event was attended by Commerce Minister Majid Al-Qassabi and Saleh Al-Rasheed, governor of the General Authority of Small and Medium Enterprises (Monsha’at), in addition to more than 300 global and regional leaders. “At Monsha’at, we seek to support small and medium-sized enterprises and empower them in the drive for economic development,” said Al-Rasheed. “This is a great addition to the Kingdom’s business community,” said ArabNet CEO and Founder Omar Christidis. “Thousands of attendees presented business plans to 100 investors from around the globe. Conferences like this bring together key stakeholders that are critical for the growth of the digital sector.” “Here at this conference, we have regulators and corporations that represent some of the largest customer bases in innovation,” he added. The opening ceremony was followed by a high-profile panel that discussed the components needed to make Saudi Arabia the region’s next Silicon Valley. The panel featured prominent figures, including Careem Co-Founder Abdulla Elyas, Omar Al-Madhi, senior managing editor of Abdul Latif Jameel, and Khalil Al-Shafei, CEO and managing director at Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Venture. The event also featured a number of dynamic initiatives to support entrepreneurs, including interactive workshops and pop-up stores for Instagram businesses. The event also allowed one-on-one meetings between executives and start-ups. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: ArabNet RiyadhSaudi Arabia ArabNet opens in Riyadh — more than 1,400 delegates attendOver 1,800 digital professionals attend 6th edition of ArabNet Riyadh

Massive Saudi response overwhelms German musicians

Author: RASHID HASSANID: 1544656417471811800Thu, 2018-12-13 02:11 RIYADH: German musicians on tour in Saudi Arabia said they were “astonished” by the response to their concerts. The artists played six gigs over 10 days at multiple venues. On
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Massive Saudi response overwhelms German musicians

Author: RASHID HASSANID: 1544656417471811800Thu, 2018-12-13 02:11 RIYADH: German musicians on tour in Saudi Arabia said they were “astonished” by the response to their concerts. The artists played six gigs over 10 days at multiple venues. On Tuesday evening in Riyadh the Goethe-Institut hosted Birgit Erichson and Vasil Laghidze, who performed Schubert’s “Winter Journey.” The lyrics, by Wilhelm Müller, were recited in German by Claudia Ziegeler and — in a world premiere — in Arabic by the Saudi poet Dr. Adel Khamees Alzhrani. “We are astonished at how the audience in Riyadh and Jeddah responded,” said pianist Laghidze. “We got overwhelming support from music lovers. The audience here is very enthusiastic.” On Monday German Ambassador Jorg Ranau hosted a concert at his residence in the diplomatic quarter. Laghidze and cellist Erichson were joined by violinist Ulrich Beetz, with the trio delighting a national and international gathering with music from Haydn, Schubert and Dvorak. An embassy press officer told Arab News the musicians were well-received amid “thunderous applause.” The French Consul General El-Mostafa Mihraje hosted the trio’s performance of an all-Debussy concert, including the famous Clair de Lune, played under the stars. Other venues for the visiting artists included the German diplomatic missions in Riyadh and Jeddah, the French Consulate General in Jeddah and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a research institute in Thuwal. Main category: Saudi ArabiaArt & CultureTags: German musicRiyadh Classical music trio delight Saudi audience with world premiere in ArabicSaudi artists perform at ‘Open Stage Night’ at German Embassy in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia ‘will remain strongest ally of the US in Middle East’

Thu, 2018-12-13 02:30 Saudi Arabia will remain the strongest ally of the US in the Middle East and lies at the “heart and core” of President Trump’s foreign policy, some of the world’s leading politicians, economists and strategic analysts heard as t
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Saudi Arabia ‘will remain strongest ally of the US in Middle East’

Thu, 2018-12-13 02:30 Saudi Arabia will remain the strongest ally of the US in the Middle East and lies at the “heart and core” of President Trump’s foreign policy, some of the world’s leading politicians, economists and strategic analysts heard as they gathered to forecast the geopolitical state of the world in 2019. At the 11th Arab Strategy Forum, an annual gathering to discuss worldwide political, economic, security and social scenarios and plan ways to help the region prepare for future challenges, speakers talked about a steadfast bond between the US and Saudi over the next 12 months. They said that Trump views the Kingdom as an unshakable ally with common regional interests including America’s fight against Iran, the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a turbulent and fluctuating oil market. “The Trump administration has been fighting very hard to move beyond Jamal Khashoggi,” said Fawaz Gerges, professor of international relations at the London School of Economics, who joined Ambassador Dennis Ross, former assistant to President Obama and National Security Council senior director for the Central Region, and Bernardino Leon, director general of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, in a panel discussion titled the “State of the World Politics in 2019.”  “They have made it very clear that they want to focus on other interests; the Israel-Palestine peace process, the question of Iran, the oil market … President Trump has made it very clear that Saudi Arabia really lies at the heart and the core of his foreign policy.” He said that despite “tremendous pressures to take further steps” against the Kingdom, “the reality so far seems to be that the president will not listen to the critics.” Dr. Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia.  He said that although the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia has come under strain, “as long as Donald Trump remains in power the relationships will continue to stay.” In the panel discussion, moderated by CNN’s Becky Anderson, Leon also addressed Saudi and US relations. “There are two dimensions; one is internal US politics, the other is in terms of foreign policy. Foreign policy has to be determined by the government and will continue to be determined by the government — this is the rule. So if you see these relations, in historical terms Saudi Arabia has always been the main ally in the region for the United States.  “This is a region where another traditional very strong ally, Turkey, is now in a different position and even though we are at a time where this region is probably experiencing more difficulties than ever before, the United States will continue to act on that basis. I do not expect big changes. I am sure we there will be waves and I am sure the US Congress will call for more transparency and more information after what happened after Khashoggi, probably this is going to happen. But there will be no structural changes.” Ross said that US policy — which states that if the president vetoes a decision, Congress may override the veto by a two-thirds supermajority of both houses — means it would be “very difficult” for Congress to overturn any decision on sanctions against the Kingdom that Trump, who has been vocal in his continuing support and relations with Saudi Arabia. He added that “most of the pressure” from federal government would be more likely to be dominated by the ongoing Trump-Russia investigations. Faisal Abbas, editor in chief of Arab News, left, in conversation with Dr. Ian Bremmer.  After being addressed by Faisal Abbas, editor in chief of Arab News, who posed a question about US-Middle East relations and asked if the US would distance itself from the Arab world, Ross said that the US would continue to have a vested interest in Middle Eastern activities. “Las Vegas rules do not apply to the Middle East, what takes place in the Middle East doesn’t stay in the Middle East. That is ultimately why we have to stay involved in it.”  Abbas began the first panel discussion of the day, “Discussing Megatrends in 2019,” by questioning speaker Dr. Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia, about oil prices, Saudi Arabia’s international and regional relations and his predictions for the year ahead.  Bremmer addressed the recent announcement by Qatar that it was withdrawing from the oil exporters’ group OPEC, saying the move would have little impact or fallout. “Qatar in OPEC is a marginal player so I do not think their leaving is significant.” Bremmer said that Qatar attended the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) annual summit in Riyadh this week and that Qataris and Saudis “directly engaged” was a move to be looked at in a “positive” way. At the forum, attended by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bremmer began his address by saying that 2019 should not see any real turbulent crisis, and highlighted the “good news” of “robust” predictions laid out by the International Monetary Fund that state the global economy will grow 3.7 percent this year.  However, he said that 2020 is likely to witness another recession and warned — unlike the shows of unity after the 2008/09 financial crisis — of a fractious and “dysfunctional” geopolitical landscape that will mean the world will be unlikely to be able to bounce back easily. “The good news is the 2019 economy will not be horrible. The bad news; the next economic downturn will be much worse. My worry is that whenever the next downturn comes we have a problem. The thing about the last major recession … which was a big one, is the response from all the world’s major economies. They all worked together in saying we have a problem, we need to get out of this together. “Whenever the next downturn happens — which economists say is 2020 — when it comes the political reaction it is not going to be like 2008/9.” Instead, the world is likely to witness a “blame-game” with countries pointing the finger at one another. Bremmer warned: “This is the most fraught geopolitical period in my lifetime … and the dysfunction is only going to grow.” The geopolitical landscape has been heightened by a series of world events, including the “disastrous”  negations over Brexit, France’s “yellow vest” protests, the looming end to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s reign,  the state of US-China relations and the recent US sanctions on Iran. Bremmer also raised concern over cybercrime and the shadow economy. He said that three of his biggest concerns from 2018 were North Korea-linked hackers stealing millions from ATMs across the world, Russian hackers using antivirus software to steal US cyber capabilities to attack Ukraine’s online network and the accounts of millions of Chinese web users being compromised in a series of hacks. At the forum, speakers also discussed mega-trends and forecast the future of economics and government policies in the region. The role of Iran as a leading state sponsor of terror and the impact of US sanctions was a factor among many of the key discussions. Ross said: “The interesting thing with Iran in 2019 is to see how they will tackle the internal pressure internally due to there economic decline,” while Bremmer said it was likely that Tehran would seek to wait out the Trump administration. The growing role of China also dominated discussions. Leon said: “The US and China are two heavyweights that will keep their battle going on but it will not need to escalate much more, due to the nature of global economic markets,” while speakers highlighted the “winding down” of the war in Yemen as a positive trend in 2019. In the “State of the Arab World Economy in 2019,” Dr. Nasser Saidi, former Lebanese minister of economy and trade, and Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, senior vice president of the World Bank Group, said that there was a general consensus that the economic recession would most likely start in 2019 and predicted an era of “turbulence” over the next 12 months, including a ripple effect across the GCC caused by oil price fluctuations.  At the same panel discussion, H.E Nasser Judeh, former deputy prime minister of foreign affairs of Jordan, Dr. Ayad Allawi, former prime minister of Iraq and the leader of the National Accord, and H.E Nabil Fahmy, former foreign minister of Egypt, deliberated on the regional landscape over the next 12 months, with Allawi warning that the region is a “fertile ground” for terrorist groups should it not stabilize and not implement reforms that the Arab world is in “dire need of.”  Fahmy addressed Qatar relations, saying that while a fragmented Arab world comes at the expense of every country, he was “not optimistic for radical change” in Qatar’s policies and said that the GCC could not back down to a country that refuses to “change its internal methodology.”  “Qatar has to be a player — not an adversary.” Ahead of the forum, Mohammed Al-Gergawi, minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, and chairman of the organizing committee, said the Arab Strategy Forum was launched as a platform for balanced analysis by decision-makers to offer a clearer understanding of the economic and political outlook for the Arab region and the world. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaUnited StatesEditor’s Choice Saudi-US relations ‘at all-time high’ as crown prince begins tourSaudi crown prince praises ‘deep relations’ with US as he meets Donald Trump

مجلس الشيوخ يقر مناقشة مشروع قانون يوقف الدعم للرياض

اقر مجلس الشيوخ الاميركي مناقشة مشروع قانون يوقف الدعم العسكري الاميركي للعدوان السعودي على اليمن وذلك في تحد جديد للرئيس الاميركي دونالد تر
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مجلس الشيوخ يقر مناقشة مشروع قانون يوقف الدعم للرياض

اقر مجلس الشيوخ الاميركي مناقشة مشروع قانون يوقف الدعم العسكري الاميركي للعدوان السعودي على اليمن وذلك في تحد جديد للرئيس الاميركي دونالد ترامب...

Q&A with Prince Abdulaziz and Prince Khalid: The two men driving Formula E forward in Saudi Arabia

Author: Wed, 2018-12-12 14:10 RIYADH: As the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix gets underway at the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Ad Diriyah, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, Vice-Chair of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority
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Q&A with Prince Abdulaziz and Prince Khalid: The two men driving Formula E forward in Saudi Arabia

Author: Wed, 2018-12-12 14:10 RIYADH: As the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix gets underway at the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Ad Diriyah, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, Vice-Chair of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority, speaks about the biggest festival of Formula E racing action, culture, international music acts and entertainment the Kingdom has ever seen. Q: Why Formula E, and why now for Saudi Arabia? Saudi Arabia is racing into the future with Formula E as we open the Kingdom to the world in a transformation that is being supercharged by the Vision 2030 plan, driven forward by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Our ambitious new future is one built on social, economic and technological development and Formula E comes to Saudi at a pivotal time as progress plans are being implemented. The transformation includes a sustainable sports industry, one economic pillar which holds the keys to unlocking the country’s vast potential. The Kingdom is innovating too, opening up new sectors for development from tourism to technology while sport and entertainment lie at the heart of the transformation. So, it’s very fitting as Formula E spans all these. That’s why we have a long-term partnership. Q: How important an event is this for the Kingdom? Formula E for Saudi Arabia is more than an exciting race, it is bigger than a single sporting event, it’s legacy reaches beyond the track into the community. This will be a festival that will unite and excite, both through the sporting action and the incredible line-up of culture and arts, entertainment and some of the world’s biggest names in music, David Guetta, OneRepublic, The Black Eyed Peas, Enrique Iglesias, Amr Diab and Jason Derulo. We want to bring fans and families from around the world together here in Ad Diriyah. Even this venue has its own important story to tell, a place steeped in history that it makes this one of the most unique motorsport events ever staged. Ad Diriyah is a UNESCO heritage site, it’s a hidden jewel we are proud to show to the world. And fittingly, Formula E and our 10-year partnership, is a catalyst for conservation for us and for this beautiful place, once the home Saudi kings it runs deep in the country’s roots. For us, it is a celebration of our past, a recognition of our present and a signpost to our future under Vision 2030. It is the start of a legacy which will excite, educate and inspire the community. Creating a better future for all, promoting safer driving on the roads and an inclusive future in which all have access. Q: This will be the first time Saudi Arabia has invited international fans to travel to the Kingdom, tell us more about that? The Ad Diriyah E Prix will see fans from around the globe able to come to Saudi Arabia without restriction to watch this epic sporting and entertainment spectacle, with action on the track and global superstars performing on stage, through our new event visa platform called Sharek, with that your ticket is your visa. It is a truly game-changing moment for Saudi Arabia and it makes this welcome one of the warmest I have ever given. To date, hundreds of international tourists have purchased their ticket at http://fiaformulae.com/Ad-Diriyah and secured their visa. We have travellers coming from 70 countries worldwide. That global mix of race fans and adventurous tourists hail from Europe, Central and South America, Africa, the Caribbean and Asia, including China, Japan and Singapore. So far, the USA holds the top spot for the largest number of visa holders, followed by the United Kingdom, Russia and Germany. Q: Will this put Saudi Arabia on the global sporting map? Saudi is now open to the world (especially through our new visa platform) and open for business. We recognize the power of sport more than ever and the potential for the nation to play an even bigger part on the world stage. Formula E joins sporting powerhouses such as WWE, ATP Tennis and European Tour Golf who have forged long-term partnerships with the KSA as we seek to achieve our goals under Vision 2030. So, Saudi is very much making its presence known on the sporting map, and this is just the latest in a series of game-changing you can expect to see – live as a fan – inside the Kingdom. This is the first time Formula E has been staged in the Middle East, but that’s not the only debut happening is it? Formula E is a race of firsts, both for us and for the motorsport. It will be the first time the championship has been staged in the Middle East, the first time the teams compete in the Gen 2 car, the first-time women drive competitively in the Kingdom and the first-time fans from around the world can visit Saudi. With all these firsts come opportunities, a new car, new experiences and new ways for Saudi and motorsport to work together. Formula E is a commitment to the future with sustainable technology at the heart of the event, reaching into the community and inspiring future technicians and engineers to pursue research and renewable energy. It sums up our new direction under Vision 2030. Q: This is the start of a long partnership with Formula E, what do you see on the horizon? The 2018 ‘Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix’ is the first in a 10-year partnership between ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA) and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF). It is the freshness of Formula E, the openness and the will to write new chapters in the history of motorsport worldwide that made it so attractive to us. This is a friendship, a long-term partnership that will see growth in both Saudi Arabia and within the sport.  As it evolves so will we and vice versa. This event and all that surrounds it, from welcoming world-class teams to the global TV coverage, represents a watershed moment that is expected to break viewership records for the sport. Formula E is used to breaking new ground in motorsports, taking racing where it’s never been before, New York, Hong Kong, Rome. Now the utterly unique UNESCO World Heritage site of Ad Diriyah takes that to a new level. Q: Is there a passion for racing in Saudi Arabia? The passion for motorsport in the Kingdom runs deep, we love cars and now happily we can all love driving. I speak as one who was so swept up by that love, I became a professional racing driver and pursued my dreams on the track. That strong connection to the sport lives in the hearts of many fans in Saudi Arabia, young and old, male and female. To be hosting not just a world-class racing event, not just a season opener but also a significant evolution for Formula E here in Saudi on home soil is a dream come true for many. This is for the fans and the families. This is for those who, as I did, have a vision of their future in racing, whether that be behind the wheel or behind the scenes. We know that sport is for all, and that is very much enshrined in Vision 2030. For the General Sports Authority this is in our very DNA, and we cannot wait for the entire community to share in this moment, to enjoy it, to be thrilled by it, and be bonded in their excitement and enthusiasm. On December 13, exciting fan zones, entertainment and cultural attractions, plus unique dining and retail experiences will be awaiting Formula E ticketholders at Ad Diriyah, the UNESCO Heritage Site on the outskirts of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, in the build-up to the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E Prix.  The evening of December 13 will see Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo kick off the first of three incredible nights of music concerts for fans. The following day, December 14, Arab music legend Amr Diab and globally-renowned pop band Black Eyed Peas will delight the audience. And, on December 15, race day, following the exhilarating 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E Prix, US smash hit OneRepublic and superstar DJ/producer David Guetta will bring the event to an electrifying finale. But its legacy will live beyond the three days of December 13 to 15. Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal Al Saud, President of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, explains why… Q: What do you think the impact of the ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix will be on Saudi Arabia? Our staging of Formula E this year is the start of a legacy that over the next 10 years can inspire so much, from the sheer thrill of sport and the togetherness of sharing such moments as families, as fans and as a community, to the opportunity to reach beyond the track. Over the course of the 10-year partnership with Formula E, Saudi Arabia is signaling its commitment to the future of sustainable technology. Formula E is more than just a race to be the best – its mission is to be a competitive platform to test and develop road relevant technologies, it helps to refine the design and functionality of electric vehicle components and it wants to accelerate the transition and uptake of clean transportation on a global scale. We embrace this vision and we will be working closely with the Championship to inspire the next generation of technicians and engineers within Saudi Arabia. Children who watch this exciting first race should be working in the industry over the course of our next decade together. Ideally, speaking selfishly as the head of the Saudi motorsport federation, they’ll be competing and winning for the pride of Saudi Arabia on the track too. Education and opportunity will grow from the seeds planted here in Ad Diriyah. This will change lives and will change perceptions, both for the sport and of Saudi Arabia. Q: Formula E is all about electric cars, but Saudi Arabia doesn’t have this yet in the Kingdom, so why the partnership? Our electric dream is young here in Saudi, but we are invested and we are investing. In January, our Saudi Electric Company signed a deal with Nissan, the Tokyo Electricity Holding Company, and Takawaka Toco, to develop charging stations for Saudi Arabia. Our authorities are well-advanced too with regulation for licensing electric vehicles to drive on our roads. And very recently, our Public Investment Fund (PIF) invested with Lucid, a US-based electric car maker, as well as owning a stake in Tesla. So, we are putting our money where our mouths are. You will see electric vehicles in Saudi Arabia in the very near future. Alongside our investment in cleaner driving, we are invested also in safer driving for all in Saudi Arabia. That is why we wholeheartedly support the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign of the Federation Internationale De L’Automobile. In fact, there could not be a better time for this message to come to Saudi Arabia as a new generation of drivers takes to our roads. Good habits encouraged today will ensure our future will be a safer one for all behind the wheel. A future-facing motorsport set in a truly historic setting, tell us more about the venue, Ad Diriyah and the technical aspects of hosting this race? The seeds planted in Ad Diriyah are already growing, the track is taking shape, all with the approval of UNESCO, it is progress and preservation in one. For us, this stunning location is a jewel and our country’s roots run deep here, and we are excited to share this treasure with the world. The race will be totally unique and in technical terms will be another step change. For the championship we are creating the world’s first four-storey semi-permanent structure to house teams and engineering crews. And it is our intention that many young minds in Saudi Arabia will see and share in the amazing knowledge and skills that will be on display there during the Ad Diriyah E Prix. Where we stand now will be transformed too, in no small part thanks to the energy and drive given to us under Vision 2030 and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman. Our team spirit will see the dream realised with stands for thousands of fans from Saudi Arabia and from across the world. This historic site will see entertainment, concerts, food and beverage outlets from simple to world-class fine dining. This will be an event for all with packages to suit all budgets. This is year one but we will set the bar high, we want all who come to be amazed by what they see. We are determined that fans and families will be amazed, they will be entertained, and they will be happy they were part of the first step in our journey with Formula E. Q: What does this mean to you, as the head of the Saudi Arabian Motorsport Federation? This event marks an evolution in racing in the Kingdom. The passion is deep, from karting to rallying, it has grown. This year saw fans watch the epic Race of Champions, staged in Saudi Arabia for the first time at the King Fahd International Stadium here in Riyadh in February – that was the first time in the event’s 30-year history that it had taken place in the Middle East. The Ad Diriyah E Prix is another milestone in our burgeoning motorsports industry in the Kingdom. And as the drivers accelerate up the longest stretch of any track in Formula E so will our dreams for motorsport accelerate. We truly are racing into the future with Vision 2030. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: saudia ad diriyah e-prixFormula ESaudi Arabia Q&A with Samer Issa-El-Khoury: Building the Formula E racetrack of the future in an Ancient Home of KingsSingle-day ticket options for day one & two of Formula E festival now availableAd Diriyah: Jewel of the Kingdom now home to the Middle East’s first Formula E race

Saudi Arabia and Red Sea, Gulf of Aden states reach agreement to establish entity of cooperation

Wed, 2018-12-12 15:47 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday sought to establish an entity of cooperation with six countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, a strategic area vital to global shipping. Representatives from Egypt, Djibouti, Somalia, S
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Saudi Arabia and Red Sea, Gulf of Aden states reach agreement to establish entity of cooperation

Wed, 2018-12-12 15:47 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday sought to establish an entity of cooperation with six countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, a strategic area vital to global shipping. Representatives from Egypt, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Jordan gathered in Riyadh on Wednesday to discuss the initiative.  A team of experts is expected to meet “soon” in Cairo for technical talks. “This is part of the Kingdom's efforts to protect its interests and those of its neighbours and ... to stabilise the region that we live in and to try to create synergies between the various countries,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told reporters after a day of meetings. “The more cooperation and coordination that you have among the countries of this region, the less negative outside influence will be on this region," he added. Eritrea and Ethiopia were not present at the meeting. The Red Sea also includes the Bab Al-Mandeb strait, through which oil is shipped towards Europe, the US and Asia. In recent years the waterway has been targeted by Iranian-backed Houthi militants from Yemen. Al-Jubeir said the meeting also discussed boosting trade and conserving the environment. Saudi Arabia has announced several mega-projects along the Red Sea, including a $500 billion business zone shared with Egypt and Jordan as well as a luxury tourism destination. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Red SeaKing SalmanSaudi Arabia Exclusive: Egypt’s first female Tourism Minister talks about Red Sea project and future plansSaudi Red Sea Project ‘to have 40-50 hotels’

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Classical music trio delight Saudi audience with world premiere in Arabic

Author: Wed, 2018-12-12 02:42 RIYADH: Saudi audiences have been treated to a 10-day feast of classical music, including the world premiere of the Arabic translation of the lyrics of Schubert’s “Winter Journey” romantic song cycle. The performan
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Classical music trio delight Saudi audience with world premiere in Arabic

Author: Wed, 2018-12-12 02:42 RIYADH: Saudi audiences have been treated to a 10-day feast of classical music, including the world premiere of the Arabic translation of the lyrics of Schubert’s “Winter Journey” romantic song cycle. The performances took place at the German diplomatic missions in Riyadh and Jeddah, the French Consulate General in Jeddah, the Goethe Institute in Riyadh and KAUST in Thuwal. The musicians were the German Debussy Trio, comprising cellist Birgit “Cella” Erichson, violinist Ulrich Beetz and pianist Vasil Laghidze. As founders of the Abegg Trio, Erichson and Beetz have over 40 years’ experience performing in concert halls worldwide. Their latest formation, with the young Georgian pianist Vasil Laghidze, is called the Debussy Trio after the French composer of the late 19th and early 20th century, who created the gateway to modern music. The French Consul General El-Mostafa Mihraje hosted the trio’s performance of an all-Debussy concert, including the famous Clair de Lune, played under the stars.  It was part of the worldwide centenary Debussy’s death that began in January in Paris with a concert for French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. For their German concerts the musicians performed Schubert’s “Winter Journey,” with the lyrics by Wilhelm Müller recited in German by Claudia Ziegeler and — in a world premiere — in Arabic by the Saudi poet Dr. Adel Khamees Alzhrani. The musicians concluded their encores in Jeddah with upbeat classical versions of the German and Saudi national anthems, delighting the diverse crowd attending. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Culture and Entertainment David Guetta, Black Eyed Peas and Amr Diab among headlining acts at Saudi Arabia’s E-PrixSouth Korean breakdancers excite thousands in Riyadh

Q&A with Samer Issa-El-Khoury: Building the Formula E racetrack of the future in an Ancient Home of Kings

Author: daniel fountainID: 1544564353863799300Wed, 2018-12-12 00:44 RIYADH: When the lights go green in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, Formula E drivers will begin their high-speed sprint to the finish line on a brand-new track in front of a roaring cr
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Q&A with Samer Issa-El-Khoury: Building the Formula E racetrack of the future in an Ancient Home of Kings

Author: daniel fountainID: 1544564353863799300Wed, 2018-12-12 00:44 RIYADH: When the lights go green in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, Formula E drivers will begin their high-speed sprint to the finish line on a brand-new track in front of a roaring crowd. But what the thousands of spectators won’t see is the challenge of a lifetime faced by those creating the electric street racing circuit in the heart of a protected UNESCO city that is hundreds of years old. Samer Issa-El-Khoury Managing Partner at CBX, took responsibility for delivering the venue and preserving Ad Diriyah – taking on a race against time to have the facility completed to host its first event – this is his story. Q: What did you think when they first said ‘let’s build the track in Ad Diriyah’, a UNESCO heritage site? When they told us that we are coming to look for a race track in Ad Diriyah, personally I said it’s impossible. We were talking about a world heritage site, the oldest city in Saudi Arabia where the Kingdom was founded. But once we decided, with Formula E and GSA, to bring the race to Saudi Arabia we were looking for an appropriate location to have a track that fits the sport’s specifications. These were mainly the width of the roads and the length of the track to meet the criteria for safety laid down by the sport’s world governing body, the FIA. A big team from Formula E, GSA, CBX and SAMF scouted several locations around Ad Diriyah and we finally came up with this, the best location, because we were able to do the civil work required to widen the streets while having the restrictions of the building around it in a UNESCO world heritage site. We then spent two to three months doing engineering studies, checking how to widen the roads and how to make it challenging with enough turns. Q: Any construction project comes with significant challenges, but how did you approach protecting the archaeological integrity in Ad Diriyah while getting the site fit for Formula E racing? We did not touch on the restricted area of UNESCO but we had streets which were the old city boundaries, where you can see the old stone walls and we made sure they were protected and preserved. I felt a personal responsibility for this. This took months of planning and so much coordination with so many stakeholders to ensure compliance, from Riyadh Development Authority to Diriyah Gate Development Authority, the municipality, the governor’s office, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism. Even the infrastructure works below the roads, whether by the telecommunications companies, the water company, the electric company, we made sure preservation was at the heart of our work. Q: Your company CBX has tackled some major projects in its time, but how does this compare? This is one of the most challenging projects CBX has taken on. That is because of the timeframe we had, firstly the race was supposed to be held in 2019, it was not supposed to be in 2018. So that made it very challenging, but we made it. We only started construction in September, so we had three months to do what usually requires six to eights months. That meant that we had thousands of machines on site for the construction and up to 3,000 people onsite throughout the last three months. The track was the most obvious aspect of course but also we had to prepare parking of 300,000 sq m, we had to prepare the E Village, which is almost 180,000 sq m when usually the eVillage is 20,000 sq m. We want to give the whole population of Saudi Arabia something huge. This is a big event coming here and we wanted the supporting E Village to be as big. We also had to find the space to put the paddock, the Emotion Club, the Royal Box, the grandstands, in a city that is hundreds of years old and the space is very limited. Q: Talk us through your creation? What will fans and drivers make of the track? When we unveiled the circuit layout the response worldwide was incredible. Really positive, and people are excited to see the cars going through 21 turns each lap. What is very challenging for the drivers is that some of the turns are ascending, some of them are descending, so not only do you have a slope, but you have a slope and a corner, one second you are going down the next going up. This will show the drivers’ prowess and technical ability to cope with those turns because it is so easy to make a mistake, to lose speed if you take it a little bit wrong. Also, at the end of turn 17 you have one of the longest straights, with the new Attack Zone that has been introduced. I think it’s going to be as interesting to see how this attack zone will happen, and whatever they gain on that, they might lose it on the turns. All this makes the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix more of a drivers’ race than a car or teams’ race. How do you think people will react when they see what’s been achieved here? If they’ve been to Formula E, and they’ve been to any of the previous 45 races, what they are going to see built in Saudi Arabia is so much different from what they’ve seen elsewhere. This is really something the GSA wanted to offer to Formula E the chance to feel at home in Saudi Arabia. Especially as the race will be here for at least 10 years. Everything we are creating, such as the parking, is not just for Formula E, this is in the big masterplan for Ad Diriyah that will be used for the visitors who will be coming during the year. The conservation of the past is a major element in the project. Formula E is hereto blend in with the heritage and enhance it by bringing electric racing and clean power to Ad Diriyah. It really is the future meeting the past. Q. What are you most looking forward to on race day? Once we race starts and ‘We go green in Ad Diriyah’, I’m looking forward to hearing that, especially as it has a double meaning, the green light is on and we go green embracing sustainability with Formula E, I think this will be a new era for this stunning UNESCO heritage site. The beauty of this Formula E race in Saudi Arabia that is so different to anywhere else I’ve been. I’ve been to every single race in the world and the big difference here is that the whole Saudi government, and all the entities within it, are working as one team. Whether it’s the General Entertainment Authority, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Culture, the General Sports Authority, every single entity is working hand in hand to make this project a success. You have tourism, you have culture, you have food and beverages and fine dining, and you have the online Sharek visa introduced for global visitors which is Saudi Arabia opening up to the world. They are welcoming everyone, and they don’t have to go anywhere to get the visa, it can be done online. They buy their ticket, they get their visa, they print it and bring it to the airport, and they are welcomed to the Kingdom. This is really amazing. Q. What will you remember most about this project? I am so proud to be part of this project, this means a lot for CBX and means a lot for Ad Diriyah specifically, and for Saudi Arabia and I’m sure it means a lot for Formula E as well. So many good memories, so many sleepless nights, so many deadlines to meet. What has been incredible is how so many people came together and worked with a positive mindset, everyone only wanted the success of this event. We are proud of the effort that CBX put into that process and we’re proud of the effort the young people of the Saudi team who we worked with, how energetic they have been, how this new generation were working more than us. I thought I can work 18 hours without sleep, some of the young Saudis that were part of our team were working 24 hours, really, and it was impressive. I have been in Saudi Arabia for 15 years, but I have never seen this level of commitment. I’ve been involved in some of the biggest infrastructure projects in Saudi Arabia, and in the world, and I’ve never seen this energy specifically within the Saudi young people I’m working with. I think this project really is Vision 2030, you can see the diversification from oil going toward the clean energy, you can see how involved the young generation is, you can see how dedicated the government is to be opening up to the world with the online visa system. From all sides this is Vision 2030, when I look at the track, when I look at this event, I see the future. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabiasaudia ad diriyah e-prixFormula EAd DiriyahMotorsportCulture and Entertainment ‘It’s epic’: Al-Nassr, Al-Hilal stars tour incredible Ad Diriyah E Prix venueFormula E set to revolutionize motorsport fans’ experience at Ad Diriyah E-Prix in Saudi Arabia

Arab Parliament condemns drive against Riyadh

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544559743033406900Tue, 2018-12-11 23:21 JEDDAH: The Arab Parliament on Tuesday passed a resolution expressing solidarity with Saudi Arabia. The resolution adopted during a regular session of the Parliament in Cairo rejected t
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Arab Parliament condemns drive against Riyadh

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544559743033406900Tue, 2018-12-11 23:21 JEDDAH: The Arab Parliament on Tuesday passed a resolution expressing solidarity with Saudi Arabia. The resolution adopted during a regular session of the Parliament in Cairo rejected the malicious campaign against Riyadh. The Parliament reaffirmed “categorical rejection of the biased campaign against Saudi Arabia, any attempt to undermine or threaten it or target the reputation and status of the Kingdom, as it is a well-established state with an honorable history, most notably as such campaign is based on false information and misguided sources.” It expressed its full support for Saudi Arabia against all those who seek to undermine its sovereignty and reputation. The resolution lauded the Kingdom’s positive role in supporting peace and stability in the region. On Monday, the Parliament’s Committee of Foreign, Political and National Security Affairs discussed its second report regarding the political situation in the Arab world. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Arab parliamentCairo Arab Parliament to meet today in CairoArab Parliament vows to support Arab cause

‘Colors of Saudi Arabia’ forum kicks off in Riyadh

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544560026253434600Tue, 2018-12-11 23:26 JEDDAH: A forum highlighting the Kingdom’s cultural and natural heritage will be held between Dec. 12 and 16 at Riyadh’s International Convention and Exhibition Center. The ‘Color
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‘Colors of Saudi Arabia’ forum kicks off in Riyadh

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544560026253434600Tue, 2018-12-11 23:26 JEDDAH: A forum highlighting the Kingdom’s cultural and natural heritage will be held between Dec. 12 and 16 at Riyadh’s International Convention and Exhibition Center. The ‘Colors of Saudi Arabia’ forum, now in its 5th edition, will be held under the patronage of Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH). The forum spans 15,000 square meters and is expected to attract over 30,000 visitors, including celebrities and innovators. Awards will be handed to the winners of the forum’s photography and short film competitions, as well as the Prince Sultan bin Salman Award for Photography, during the opening ceremony by Prince Sultan himself. “The forum has been given a makeover with the aim of increasing visitor numbers and interaction,” said Abdullah Al-Murshid, SCTH vice president, adding that the commission recently increased the number of categories and awards given during the contest in an attempt to motivate local filmmakers to shed light on the Kingdom. “The move only inspired more people, even from neighboring Gulf countries, to enter into the photography contest, which will garner three finalists in each category (with the exception of the tourism film contest, in which only one winner will be selected per category). There will also be an additional voting contest held exclusively for Saudi photographers.” Forum committee and jury members had received hundreds of photographs and video clips from both amateurs and professionals hoping to enter into the competition. “The efforts made by the SCTH to enhance the contest will help strengthen national tourism and inspire youth to take part in introducing the Kingdom’s many fascinating sites, monuments and scenery,” added Al-Murshid. “This may, in turn, inspire regional heritage cultivation and documentation efforts.” This year, the Saudi Film Council (SFC) partnered with the SCTH to offer a group of intensive photography and filmmaking training courses held by American and Australian trainers. The forum, which will be held every day between 4 and 10 p.m., includes seminars on the latest technology in the fields of photography and filmmaking, specialized programs, a daily short film theater, and an educational program of workshops and daily lectures. The forum’s educational agenda also includes discussion sessions focused on filmmaking and film production, which are conducted by 30 local and international experts. Al-Murshid explained that the SCTH would hold mobile exhibitions throughout the year in various cities across Saudi Arabia. Photographers and visitors can register online and find more information at www.colors.sa Main category: Saudi ArabiaTravelTags: Colors of Saudi ArabiaRiyadhSaudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH Colors of Saudi exhibition gets ready to roll‘Colors of Saudi Arabia’ concludes with over 30,000 visitors

1st virtual school launched in Jazan’s Sabya

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544559712323395200Tue, 2018-12-11 23:21JEDDAH: Sabya Directorate of Education in Jazan on Tuesday inaugurated the first virtual school for students with special needs. The assistant director of education in Sabya governorate, H
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1st virtual school launched in Jazan’s Sabya

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544559712323395200Tue, 2018-12-11 23:21JEDDAH: Sabya Directorate of Education in Jazan on Tuesday inaugurated the first virtual school for students with special needs. The assistant director of education in Sabya governorate, Hanan bint Ali Al-Hazimi, inaugurated the school.Al-Hazimi said the virtual school was important due to the hardships faced by students with special needs. She said the virtual school aims to provide an opportunity to all those students who are otherwise unable to continue their studies. Recently, the Saudi Education Ministry made all its digital textbooks available through the portal of ien.edu.sa to ensure if they are accessible to students.The move was part of the ministry’s efforts to adopt digital technology in the education sector. Saudi Arabia has pledged to raise its literacy rate from 94.4 percent to 100 percent in the near future. With illiteracy rates cut to below 5.6 percent, the Kingdom leads many Arab and Asian countries in achieving literacy targets. Main category: Saudi Arabia

Haute right now: Saudi model ‘humbled’ by fashion award nod

Author: Abdulaziz AlaquilID: 1544568479194144100Wed, 2018-12-12 01:47 JEDDAH: Saudi model Taleedah Tamer has told Arab News she was humbled to be named as an emerging talent at the 2018 Fashion Awards, which were held in London on Monday. Jeddah-b
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Haute right now: Saudi model ‘humbled’ by fashion award nod

Author: Abdulaziz AlaquilID: 1544568479194144100Wed, 2018-12-12 01:47 JEDDAH: Saudi model Taleedah Tamer has told Arab News she was humbled to be named as an emerging talent at the 2018 Fashion Awards, which were held in London on Monday. Jeddah-born Tamer, who has graced the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and was the first Saudi model to walk the runway at Paris Couture Week, appeared in a category that showcased innovative and emerging creative talent from the fashion world. Thousands in the industry were asked to nominate their picks for the category — and one of them was Tamer. “I found out I was nominated a week or so before the event,” she told Arab News. “At first, I questioned the reality of it all, as it was so humbling. I’m just so happy and grateful for their acknowledgment, and honored to be one of the few Saudis that were nominated. My friend Marriam Mossalli was also nominated, and it’s just really great to see that they are recognizing all this talent worldwide.” Tamer opened for Antonio Grimaldi in Paris in July, making headlines around the world that labeled her the first Saudi supermodel. The teen wore a crisp white suit, which featured a cape and gold accents, and her center-parted hair was adorned with a “mohawk.” Her second look for the show was a floor-length, dove-grey strapless gown with a feather detail. Tamer’s mother Cristina is a former model who was spotted at dance class aged 18 and went on to work for Giorgio Armani and Gianfranco Ferre. Her father Ayman is chairman and managing partner of the Saudi-based Tamer Group. “The Fashion Awards are very prestigious; a very beautiful and elegant event. I attended with my mother and we had a great time together. It was just lovely to see so much talent being recognized. What particularly stood out to me was the acceptance speeches by the nominees that received an award. The fashion industry is increasingly becoming so aware of the environment. They made that very clear to everyone in attendance, and they really took their time discussing topics that directly relate to the welfare of our planet.” A highlight of that evening was a speech from British designer Vivienne Westwood, she added, who talked about the importance of conservation in the fashion industry. “I liked that she took her time and really expressed herself, and was very sincere about what she believes in. It’s so important to speak your mind, and she did just that in a very graceful way. I’m just so honored to be a part of an industry that really recognizes these important issues. Main category: Saudi ArabiaFashionTags: Taleedah Tamersaudi fashionSaudi model Taleedah Tamer makes waves in ParisWill Taleedah Tamer be the first Saudi supermodel?Saudi models seek ‘understanding’Meeting of the models: Top Brazilian beauty shares advice with rising Saudi star

Single-day ticket options for day one & two of Formula E festival now available

Tue, 2018-12-11 12:28 RIYADH: Single-day tickets for day one and two of the Formula E festival of fun surrounding the ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix are now available for the biggest line-up of sport, live music, entertainment and cultural activities ever st
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Single-day ticket options for day one & two of Formula E festival now available

Tue, 2018-12-11 12:28 RIYADH: Single-day tickets for day one and two of the Formula E festival of fun surrounding the ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix are now available for the biggest line-up of sport, live music, entertainment and cultural activities ever staged in Saudi Arabia. Single-day tickets are available on their website  for $87.95 (330 SAR), with three-day tickets starting at $253.19 (950 SAR) Doors open at 4 PM on December 13th with access to entertainment and cultural attractions, plus unique dining and retail experiences for Formula E ticket holders at Ad Diriyah. Jason Derulo and headliner Enrique Iglesias take to the stage on day one, while on day two, Amr Diab and headline act The Black Eyed Peas will perform. The finale performance on day three will be a double-header concert given by David Guetta and OneRepublic. Three-day tickets will allow fans to catch all the days of entertainment, including the complimentary concerts for Formula E ticket holders. Fans from the Kingdom will be joined by international tourists from around the world, and the Gulf, at the event, with 30-day tourist visas available for the first time via new the online Sharek process. More information about ‘Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix’, including schedule and tickets, can be found on their website. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Formula EDavid GuettaThe Black Eyed PeasAmr DiabOneRepublicEnrique IglesiasJason Derulo Formula E’s resident DJ ready to take on ‘massive crowd’ in Diriyah‘It’s epic’: Al-Nassr, Al-Hilal stars tour incredible Ad Diriyah E Prix venue40,000 expected to attend Saudi E-Prix in Riyadh

Huge free bus service to speed fans to the 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix action

Author: daniel fountainID: 1544544637402041400Tue, 2018-12-11 19:21 RIYADH: One of the biggest free ‘Park & Ride’ public shuttle bus systems Saudi Arabia has ever laid on for an event will swing into action for the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diri
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Huge free bus service to speed fans to the 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix action

Author: daniel fountainID: 1544544637402041400Tue, 2018-12-11 19:21 RIYADH: One of the biggest free ‘Park & Ride’ public shuttle bus systems Saudi Arabia has ever laid on for an event will swing into action for the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E Prix, which gets underway this week. The festival of Formula E racing, entertainment, international music acts and cultural activities starts on at 4pm Thursday December 13, at the stunning UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah on the outskirts of Riyadh. Plus, on the evening of December 13, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo will kick off the first of three incredible nights of music concerts for Formula E ticket holders. The following day, December 14, Arab music legend Amr Diab and globally-renowned pop band Black Eyed Peas will delight the audience. And, on December 15, race day, following the exhilarating 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E Prix, US smash hit OneRepublic and superstar DJ/producer David Guetta will bring the event to an electrifying finale. Only fans holding tickets will be able to access the entire Ad Diriyah site including the race track, the concert arena and the complimentary concerts and the 180,000 sq m Allianz E Village. So, with thousands set to descend on the site, officials are ensuring that fans can race to the action, with a huge network of free buses created to cut down on traffic and embrace more sustainable transport alternatives in keeping with Formula E’s message. Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal Al-Saud, President of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, said: “Saudi Arabia is on a journey toward sustainability and Formula E’s message of renewable energy and working to minimize its environmental footprint is inspiring and important. “We want Formula E to electrify and inspire the next generation of Saudis to embrace sustainable forms of transport. “That’s why, in keeping with other Formula E races around the world, we’ll be encouraging ticket holders to take advantage of the ‘Park & Ride’. Cars trying to get to Ad Diriyah without specific access will not have access and will be directed to use the public ‘Park & Ride’. So, relax, leave the car at home, and leave the driving to us. “Our partnership with Formula E is for the next decade and this is one small step we can take together. At SAMF we are committed to improving driving standards and driving conditions and encouraging responsible driving.” Single day and three-day Grandstand ticket holders can benefit from a ‘Park & Ride’ service, which will operate from King Saud University, with space for up to 7,000 cars. Plus, shuttle buses will operate a ‘City Park & Ride’ network from a number of locations across Riyadh with pick-up points at Al Faisaliah, Narcissus Hotel, the Hyatt Regency, Four Seasons, Fraser Suites, Holiday Inn Al Meydan, Holiday Inn Olaya, Aloft hotel, Burj Rafal Kempinski Hotel, Sheraton Riyadh Hotel, Executive KAFD Hotel, Movenpick Riyadh Hotel, Marriott King Saud Rd Hotel, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Panorama Mall and Riyadh Park Mall. On each day it will begin operating an hour before Ad Diriyah opens. Shuttles start 3pm on Thursday (ahead of venue opening at 4pm), 1pm on Friday (venue opens 2pm) and finally 9am on Saturday (race day, venue opens 10am). Uber, Careems or official taxis will be directed to a ‘drop off’ area in the general parking area. Drivers without the official Formula E parking pass will not have access to Ad Diriyah and will be directed to use the public ‘Park & Ride’ If you are a Grandstand ticket holder, whether a single day or a three-day ticket holder, you need to purchase three tickets to qualify for one parking pass. For every three Grandstand tickets purchased the buyer gets one pass into the general parking area. If no parking pass, then you must use the ‘Park & Ride’.Tickets are on sale here and are also available at Point of Sale units at Riyadh Park Mall, Oud Square and Doos Carting (only Grandstand tickets from Doos) and Seven Car Lounge. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaFormula EMotorsportsaudia ad diriyah e-prixAd Diriyah

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