Jeddah hosts Road to Ad Diriyah E Touring Village

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The Formula E race included activities like an outdoor cinema, virtual-reality gaming and a simulation of driving a Formula E car. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Princess Haifa bint Mohammed Al Saud. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Formula E race included activities like an outdoor cinema, virtual-reality gaming and a simulation of driving a Formula E car. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Entrance to the The Formula E race included activities like an outdoor cinema, virtual-reality gaming and a simulation of driving a Formula E car. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah). (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Formula E race included activities like an outdoor cinema, virtual-reality gaming and a simulation of driving a Formula E car. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Formula E race included activities like an outdoor cinema, virtual-reality gaming and a simulation of driving a Formula E car. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Abdullah Al Faisal. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 14 December 2018

Jeddah hosts Road to Ad Diriyah E Touring Village

  • Jeddah is the second city after Alkhobar to host the event on Nov. 22-24
  • Activities, which were free, included an outdoor cinema, virtual-reality gaming, and a simulation of driving a Formula E car.

JEDDAH: Jeddah was the second city after Alkhobar to host the Road to Ad Diriyah E Touring Village, on Nov. 22-24. 

The event aimed to publicize the upcoming Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah race on Dec. 13-15 in Riyadh.

Activities, which were free, included an outdoor cinema, virtual-reality gaming, and a simulation of driving a Formula E car.

Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al-Faisal Al-Saud, president of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, inaugurated the village and announced the start of an excitement weekend.

“The aim of such events is to raise awareness about the Formula E race that the Kingdom is hosting for the next 10 years. We need to let people know more about the race,” he told Arab News.

“It also aims to enable all families and youth in Saudi Arabia to enjoy and be introduced to this international event that the Kingdom is hosting,” he said.

“Such events emphasize the potential of the Kingdom and its youth in management and organization.”

Princess Haifa bint Mohammed Al-Saud, managing director of the General Sports Authority, told Arab News: “The event is critical because it’s raising awareness about motorsports. We have a society that has been focused for so many years solely on a single sport, which is football, so it’s nice to be introduced to a different sport.”

She said: “For women specifically, now is their chance. We’re allowed to drive now in Saudi Arabia, and I think there are a lot of women out there with this talent, so it’s nice to direct this talent to a beautiful sport that’s recognized and celebrated globally, and to have women play a major role in that.”

Attendee Ohoud Bukhari, a housewife and racing enthusiast, said: “Such events are really keeping up with all the changes that we’re living through nowadays.” 

She added: “Openness is priceless, and I really wish to see a Saudi participant in the next formula race.”

Tickets for the historic race in Riyadh start from SR395 ($105.3), and can be bought at www.ad-diriyah-eprix.com. People will be able to watch the race and access entertainment areas.

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Ad Diriyah

Ad Diriyah is a town in Saudi Arabia located in the Turaif district on the northwestern outskirts of the Saudi capital. In 2010, the town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


KSRelief-backed Al-Amal Arsal Center continues to provide medical services to Syrian refugees

Updated 07 June 2020

KSRelief-backed Al-Amal Arsal Center continues to provide medical services to Syrian refugees

ARSAL, Lebanon:  The Al-Amal Medical Center in Lebanon’s Bekaa governorate continued to provide medical services to Syrian refugees with the support of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).

It is part of a project to strengthen health services for Syrian refugees and the host community in the town of Arsal.

In May, 4,575 patients visited the clinics and received 8,123 free health services across specialized departments, in addition to receiving help from laboratory, pharmacy and nursing services.

General health clinics received 396 patients, eye clinics had 506 patients, the emergency department 595 patients, dental clinics 325 patients, pediatric clinics saw 347 patients, with 125 vaccinations provided.

ENT clinics received 412 patients, orthopedic clinics 311 patients, heart clinics had 240 patients, urology clinics 472 patients, gastroenterology clinics 180 patients, gynecological clinics 271 patients, gland and diabetes clinics 65 patients, and psychiatric clinics 68 patients.

The Al-Amal Medical Center is following the necessary procedures and precautions in light of the coronavirus pandemic to provide services to patients in a safe medical environment.

Awareness campaigns were carried out to familiarize people with precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease, and they were provided with items for personal hygiene.

The medical director of the project, Dr. Tariq Shandab, said that the center aimed to serve more than 45,000 people and provide them with healthcare in a variety of fields, in addition to having an emergency department that worked around the clock and an integrated pharmacy to provide free medicine to all patients.

Shandab expressed his gratitude for the humanitarian services provided by Saudi Arabia, represented by KSRelief, to the Syrian refugees and their host community.

 

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