Launch event held for Saudi Arabia’s Ad Diriyah Season

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The launch event was held under the patronage of GSA Chairman Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal. (AN photo by Basheer Saleh)
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The launch event was held under the patronage of GSA Chairman Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal. (AN photo by Basheer Saleh)
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The launch event was held under the patronage of GSA Chairman Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal. (AN photo by Basheer Saleh)
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The launch event was held under the patronage of GSA Chairman Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal. (AN photo by Basheer Saleh)
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The launch event was held under the patronage of GSA Chairman Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal. (AN photo by Basheer Saleh)
Updated 07 October 2019

Launch event held for Saudi Arabia’s Ad Diriyah Season

  • The month of world-class sporting, entertainment, musical and cultural events will begin on Nov. 21

AD DIRIYAH: The Saudi General Sports Authority (GSA) organized a launch event on Sunday for the month-long Ad Diriyah Season, which begins on Nov. 21.

The season will include world-class sporting, entertainment, musical and cultural events hosted in Ad Diriyah.

The launch event was held under the patronage of GSA Chairman Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal.

“Hearts will beat faster, pulses will race, rivals will battle each other, and thousands will be entertained in the cradle of modern Saudi civilization, Ad Diriyah, where our nation began,” he said. 

“Today, a year after organizing Formula E, our ambitions have become bigger, as have our dreams.”

The Formula E racing championship of electric cars will return for this year’s Ad Diriyah Season.

There will be back-to-back races on Nov. 22 and 23, with Porsche and Mercedes competing for the first time.

“Clash on the Dunes,” the first world heavyweight boxing title fight in the Kingdom, will be held on Dec. 7.

The current unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua, the 2012 Olympics gold medalist, will go head-to-head in a revenge clash of epic proportions.

The first professional tennis tournament to be staged in Saudi Arabia will be held on Dec. 12-14.

Through a knockout tournament, three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland will battle it out against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, Belgium’s David Goffin and Italy’s Fabio Fogini. Four more competitors will be announced at a later time.

The Ad Diriyah Equestrian Festival will see the world’s best equestrian athletes compete in two weekends of elite sportsmanship. The tournaments will be held on Dec. 12-14 and 19-21.

Saudi and international contestants will compete as they collect points to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

For the first time in Saudi Arabia, women will be able to participate in the equestrian race. “We participate in Europe all the time. This time we’re doing it in our country, on home ground, in international show-jumping,” said Saudi equestrian Sara Baban.

Ad Diriyah Season will also include concerts, cultural festivities, and food and retail experiences.

The names of singers who will perform have not yet been revealed, but music fans should reserve Nov. 22-23 and Dec. 6, 13 and 14 in their diaries for concerts.

“Where else in the world can you find this epic blend of the past, the present and the future?” said Prince Abdul Aziz.

“Last year, we opened the door to international travelers through our sporting visa program. Now the Kingdom has launched general tourist visas, so our arms are open and our welcome has never been warmer. Come witness history in the making.”


Friendly guide to get ready for fun, fitness with the Color Run

Updated 21 min 34 sec ago

Friendly guide to get ready for fun, fitness with the Color Run

JEDDAH: The countdown to the Color Run has begun and the most colorful race on the planet returning to Saudi Arabia on Oct. 26, as part of the General Entertainment Authority’s efforts to attract top entertainment to the Kingdom. There will be a 5-kilometer run in Riyadh this Saturday and one in Jeddah on Nov. 2, with thousands expected to take part at each location.

People who want to take part can visit www.ksa.thecolorrun.com, collect the limited-edition participant packs, and follow this friendly guide to make sure they have an unforgettable experience.

 

Make exercise — in any form — a weekly family activity

Walking or jogging is easy, common and free. But doing it as a family is a fun way to spend time together and improve family life overall. Over the next few days plan a “test run” with the family to see how they fare. It will help them prepare for what is coming and create a special bonding opportunity with children, improve the family’s health, and teach the little ones a valuable lesson about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle to develop into happy, active adults.

 

Fuel up for your first 5k

The family’s diet leading up to the race will help them stay energized and enjoy their first 5k run, walk or sprint. On the day of the event, offer the family a tasty breakfast that is packed with unprocessed carbs, for example a muffin and an apple, toast with jam and a piece of fruit, or a bowl of cereal topped with raisins or other dried fruit. Don’t forget to hydrate before, during and especially after finishing the run. Plan to arrive at the start line with enough time to use the washroom before the 5k begins without feeling rushed.

 

Show off your colors

It goes without saying that one of the things that makes this run different is the color. That means the best way to get those Instagram-worthy photos is to make sure participants are wearing clothes that help those beautiful colors shine through. While the limited-edition participation packs have everyone covered with the Hero Tour Color Run T-Shirt and other cool gear, it would work in a runner’s favor to sport the white or pastel clothes.

 

Take the essentials

As participants jog, skip or walk through the event, they will want to keep things as light as possible. This is why the event’s organizers recommend bringing only things people really need, preferably things that fit into a light carry-on zip lock baggie. This way they are free to go all out with their dance moves at the post-run finish carnival as well.

 

Make the memories last

Participants are encouraged to make sure to take a before and after photo as a family. One snap in the limited edition Hero Tour Color Run T-Shirt at the starting line, then another after the 5k once the participants are covered in color. Frame it or post it on Instagram to remind family members of their happiest 5k run together.