National initiative program for Saudi youth launched

Updated 23 July 2014
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National initiative program for Saudi youth launched

Prince Fahd bin Muqrin launched a national initiative program for Saudi youth on Sunday under the banner “Sons of the homeland”.
The program aims to honor young men and women who have served the country and instil a sense of duty toward the country among Saudi youth.
Media adviser Abdul Aziz Alandidjani said the initiative will be led by 50 intellectuals, scientists and business leaders in the Kingdom.
Prince Fahd bin Muqrin said it was a pleasure to preside over such a program, which aims to prepare youth to serve the nation and contribute toward the homeland’s security.
He added that the importance of the initiative stems from the importance of instilling a culture of duty in young Saudis toward the country and cultivating a sense of responsibility toward the community.
Prince Fahd signed four Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreements with Prince Najwa Salem of the Beta Academy for Education and Training, Okaz newspaper, the media sponsors of the initiative, Jeddah Municipality and Madinah Municipality.


Unique Riyadh car race brings in enthusiasts from all around

It is not hard to get anyone on to the track — the hardest thing is to get them back again. (Supplied)
Updated 54 min 43 sec ago
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Unique Riyadh car race brings in enthusiasts from all around

  • FJR racing team owner Falah Al-Jarba, who is participating for the first time with his 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, said he was impressed with the first round turnout and noted that the short notice of this event did not affect participation

RIYADH: The first round of the Saudi Time Attack race kicked off on the Reem race circuit yesterday. The 16-category race is unique in its participation since anyone can turn up and join in. Whether you are an everyday driver, enthusiast or would-be racer the Time Attack Race has a category for you.
“We target different types of drivers, usually people with a sports car or regular stock car who want to race their car to the max in a safe environment with other drivers,” said Prince Khalid bin Sultan Abdullah Al-Faisal, chairman of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF). He added that the target participants for this race are not necessarily professionals but rather enthusiasts, semi pros, amateurs, and beginners.
FJR racing team owner Falah Al-Jarba, who is participating for the first time with his 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, said he was impressed with the first round turnout and noted that the short notice of this event did not affect participation.
“It is not hard to get anyone on to the track — the hardest thing is to get them back again. Anyone who enters the race track three times of his own free will has the makings of a driver,” he said.

Passion
Prince Mohammed bin Saud bin Fahad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, participating racer and owner of the MS7 racing team, said it is passion that attracts everyone to the race. “It is not a head-to-head race but it is competitive and it is fun. There is no pressure — everyone is here to have fun. I am happy that I participated,” he explained. This also marks a first for Saudi women racing as four women competed for the first time in a car race.
“For the first time we have a ladies category. These opportunities will be better reflected in two to three years’ time but if anyone would ask where did it start, it started here in this 2018 season,” said the “Camaro King” Falah Al-Jarba.
Prince Mohammed is very welcoming of any new competitor to the racing industry.
“At the end of the day if you have two hands, two legs and can drive that’s what it comes down to regardless of your gender, your weight, your height or your size, it is all about how well you can perform under pressure,” he said.
Prince Khalid expects a better turnout for female participants in the next round of the race scheduled for Nov. 16. He added that there has been a great interest in joining the race and wanted to clarify that anyone who wants to take part in the race does not need to have a race car.