King appoints 16 judges

Updated 17 May 2013

King appoints 16 judges

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has issued a royal decree promoting and appointing 18 judges at the Saudi Court of Grievances.
Shaikh Abdul Aziz Al-Nassar, chairman of the Grievances Court, said the royal order stipulated the promotion of two judges and the appointment of 16 others.
Al-Nassar said the royal order reinforces King Abdullah’s keenness to support and develop the judiciary.
“We highly appreciate the king’s interest and his move to appoint more judges. This will surely help us in removing obstacles we face in the judiciary in general. We thank the king for his efforts to support and upgrade the judiciary, for which the king has created a project entitled “King Abdullah Project for the Development of Judiciary,” he said.
“These appointments will surely help the courts in expediting the disposal of cases. It is our objective that all cases receive fair and diligent review in order to make justice prevail,” he said.
In March, the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) said the Kingdom is in need of more judges despite the appointment of 200 judges annually.
The council is planning to recruit and train 2,000 judges to help meet demand.
Current appointments count for a fifth of graduates of Shariah and Islamic study faculties.
The council had asked Kingdom’s universities to nominate qualified graduates for a judicial career.
Courts and judicial centers are also spread unequally across provinces and cities of the country.
In Riyadh, there are only 45 judges, which is inadequate to meet the demands of its population.
The SJC is developing the country’s judicial system.
It has adopted a draft on judicial and academic career accreditation standards.
It will inform universities of the output needed in the number of study hours, subjects and supporting skills.
Ahmad Jamaan Al-Malki, a lawyer and member of the Arab Lawyers Union, said article 6 of the Saudi Judicial System grants the Supreme Judicial Council the authority to appoint judges and issue selection rules for candidates.
The system’s article 31 stipulates a candidate must be a holder of a Shariah college degree from Saudi Arabia or an equivalent certificate.
The impending shortage of judges is the main reason behind the increased backlog in cases. Court dates can be set up to five months before a hearing.

The Color Run debuts in KSA’s Eastern Province

Updated 18 March 2019

The Color Run debuts in KSA’s Eastern Province

  • ‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’ combines ‘fun, exercise and charitable giving’ during the Sharqiah Season
  • The Sharqiah project aims to deliver an extensive entertainment experience for both Saudis and visitors to the Kingdom

JEDDAH: For the first time in Saudi Arabia, The Color Run is coming to Sharqiah Season, which features more than 80 events in Eastern Province cities, and is the first of 11 scheduled festivals planned throughout the Kingdom in 2019. 

Sharqiah Season is a collaborative effort by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), the General Culture Authority and the General Sports Authority.

The countdown is on for The Color Run, which takes place at the South Alkhobar Corniche on Saturday.

In this untimed 5-km event, runners — who start in white — are doused with various colors at every 1-km checkpoint.

Since its inception in 2012, The Color Run has seen more than 7 million participants in 40 countries, while donating more than $5 million to charities. 

Organized in line with the GEA’s efforts to attract top entertainment offerings to Saudi Arabia, “The Happiest 5k on the Planet” will make its mark on the Kingdom as part of this year’s worldwide “Color Run Hero Tour,” with 15,000 participants expected in each city.

The non-competitive run is not only an opportunity to create picture-perfect memories, but serves as a celebration of health, happiness and individuality. 

The GEA is supporting the event as part of its continued efforts to enrich the lifestyle of residents and citizens in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan and the Quality of Life Program 2020.

The Color Run was hosted in the UAE twice in 2018, with massive crowds attending and cheering the runners. 

This year, the main theme is celebrating the hero in you, where nothing is impossible. Once the run is over, the fun will continue at the Finish Festival, a larger-than-life celebration with music, photo ops, activity booths, vendors, and more massive color throws.

“We are thrilled to be bringing The Color Run to Saudi Arabia. Its vibrancy matches the aims of the GEA and the Quality of Life Program 2020 objective to support and create new options that boost participation across cultural, entertainment and sports activities,” said the GEA’s Chief Operating Officer Sultan Al-Faqir.

“The Color Run, being held in our three biggest cities, will provide an exciting opportunity for thousands of families to engage in a healthy activity that combines fun, exercise and charitable giving.”

The Sharqiah project aims to deliver an extensive entertainment experience for both Saudis and visitors to the Kingdom.

The festival features events in Eastern Province cities, including Dammam, Dhahran, Alkhobar, Al-Ahsa and Jubail. Future seasons will focus on different areas of Saudi Arabia, with different entertainment options for each city. Upcoming seasons will focus on different areas, and also different parts of the year, such as Ramadan, Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha.

"The Happiest 5k on the Planet" will make its mark on the Kingdom as part of this year’s worldwide ‘Color Run Hero Tour,’ with 15,000 participants expected in each city. (Photo Supplied)

Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority, said in a statement that  the organization’s participation in the festival aligns with its goal of improving the quality of life in the Kingdom, and discovering local talent in various entertainment industries.  He also highlighted the importance of the entertainment sector and its contribution to the economy and the creation of jobs for locals, all important aspects of Vision 2030.

The opening night of Sharqiah Season on Thursday drew crowds of Saudis to the Alkhobar Corniche, despite strong winds and sprinklings of rain earlier in the day. Groups of friends stopping to take selfies and families with young children in tow wandered through the Entertainment Boulevard, lined with food stalls selling karak and koshari.

Earlier in the day, the mega event began with the opening of an exhibit featuring the work of Leonardo da Vinci at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra). 

The exhibit showcased some of Da Vinci’s original sketches, with several screens showing videos detailing how his designs have continued to inspire scientists and inventors in the modern era.


Sharqiah Season continues until March 30, with upcoming weekends featuring sports events such as the Red Bull Air Race and the Formula 1 H20 boat race, as well as concerts in Dammam featuring Akon, Deadmau5, Pitbull and French Montana.