Youth participation ‘encouraging’

Updated 22 March 2013
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Youth participation ‘encouraging’

About 50 Saudi youths joined the Jeddah Economic Forum in a Q&A session with Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal to discuss housing issues and suggest solutions for the problems.
“I am very happy at this moment when I participate with my sons and daughters and talk about social and national issues and I am very proud of their wonderful level of experience which is very promising for the future of this nation,” said Prince Khaled Al-Faisal. “We are on the way to achieving a global presence and these ideas and projects that I heard from the youth makes me excited and makes me insist on continuing with the strategy that helps developing this region and that we started five years ago.”
The prince promised to look into the ideas, suggestions and studies that the youths presented on the session and demanded that they keep giving him suggestions.
“You do not need a leader, you need someone to serve you and I am that,” he said. “I am with you and for you and I will do my best through you and through your association and I am very happy that some of the speakers are young women and members of the Makkah Youth Society.”
Al-Aghar Group hosted the session.
“In 2011, we released a new initiative called the intellectual container under the slogan ‘today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders.’ This aimed to built a connection and exchange knowledge between the Saudi youth and the decision-makers in the Kingdom,” said Fahad Abu Al-Naser, CEO of Al-Aghar Group. “The youth session was held to help the Saudi youths express their opinion and suggest ideas as solutions for the housing problems that we face today,” he added.
The session was impressive, according to Yasminah Hashim, a member of Lawyers United. “Whereas the exposure gained from presenting these ideas has benefits of its own, it seems that the presenting youths hoped to gain more by presenting than just a few encouraging sentences by representatives of the state,” she said.
“There is need for concrete steps to reflect the seriousness of the people responsible about truly involving the youth. We, the youth, no longer want to be involved “symbolically” as it will take us nowhere,” she added.


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

Updated 11 December 2018
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Huge free bus service to speed fans to the 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix action

  • Multiple pick-up points around the city, at malls and hotels, with easy access to Ad Diriyah so ticket holders can relax and leave the car at home

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.