Civil Defense authorities issued an advisory via SMS to the Kingdom’s residents on Saturday urging them to avoid going to the Haram Masjid (Grand Mosque) in Makkah at this time and give way to Umrah pilgrims. With construction work still going on, Islam's holiest mosque was a scene of congestion on Saturday and Sunday with the influx of pilgrims who have come from abroad for Umrah. The advisory reiterates that Eid prayers can be performed at any mosque. Jeddah, Makkah and Taif are expected to receive huge number of visitors from all over the Kingdom during the Eid festivities. The rains which fell on Makkah on Saturday also caused disruptions and worsened congestion. The Jeddah Municipality has made arrangements for Eid prayers in 279 locations across the city and suburbs. “We have geared up 221 mosques and 58 temporary prayer yards, known as ‘musallahs,’ in the city for Eid prayers” said Sami Al-Ghamdi of the Jeddah Municipality. He said that 953 cleaning personnel are being assigned at these sites. He also said that the Jeddah Municipality has drawn up a plan to conduct a series of entertainment programs that will last for six days, including on the first day of Eid, as part of social responsibility initiatives. Jeddah’s residents and visitors are expected to line up at the Red Sea waterfront area in Jeddah, where coast guards have cautioned beach goers not to allow their children to swim in the water, said Col. Najih Al-Juhani, Makkah coast guard spokesman. He said that additional teams are being mobilized for search and rescue operations across coastal lines in the region. Eid festival celebrations have been planned on a large scale by the Makkah Municipality. Eid will be celebrated in four different locations over the four days as part of its social responsibility initiatives, said Mohammed Taha Faqi of the Makkah Municipality. “Glittering fireworks will be displayed during the Eid festival and cultural programs and comedy events will be conducted,” he said. Eid arrangements have also been made in cities between Makkah and Riyadh. Taif’s municipality, meanwhile, has announced that the city’s parks are ready to welcome visitors.
‘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
Updated 18 March 2019
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.
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.