King Salman receives grand red-carpet welcome on arrival in Malaysia

King Salman holds talks with Sultan Mohammed V, king of Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 27 February 2017
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King Salman receives grand red-carpet welcome on arrival in Malaysia

RIYADH: King Salman was accorded a red carpet welcome at the Parliament Square in the Malaysian capital on Sunday at the start of his four-day state visit to Malaysia.

Later the king was conferred the top Malaysian honor of Darjah Utama Seri Mahkota Negara by Sultan Muhammad V, the king of Malaysia, at a banquet dinner hosted for King Salman and his entourage.
On arrival at the Parliament Square in central Kuala Lumpur, Sultan Muhammad V greeted King Salman together with Prime Minister Najib Razak, his deputy Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and members of the Malaysian cabinet. The welcoming ceremony began with the rendition of the national anthems of Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, followed by a 21-gun salute.
The king inspected the honor guard. Najib earlier welcomed the King at the Bunga Raya Complex of the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang. After landing at the airport, King Salman was joined by Najib for the 45-minute car ride to the hilltop Parliament Square in central Kuala Lumpur for the official welcoming ceremony. King Salman, later on Sunday night, attended a state banquet at Istana Negara (National Palace), which was hosted by the Malaysian king.
The event was marked by the conferment of the top state award on King Salman, said a report published by SPA. The Darjah Utama Seri Mahkota Negara, which is a top Malaysian award given to high-ranking officials for their efforts in promoting friendship and understanding or for advocating noble causes, comprises a collar, a star and a badge. The late King Khalid was also presented this award in 1982.
Speaking during the banquet, King Salman extended greetings and thanks to Malaysian leaders for their hospitality.
“I would like to express appreciation of the government and people of Malaysia for warm welcome and generous hospitality,” the king said. “We are happy about the high level of relations and cooperation between our two countries in all fields as well as our efforts directed to upgrade and enhance them in all fields to serve our joint interests.”
He added: “We confirm that the Kingdom stands with all its might behind the Islamic causes in general and we are fully ready for assistance and cooperation with Malaysia on issues faced by Muslims.”
On Monday, King Salman is scheduled to have a working session with the Malaysian premier during which the king will witness the signing of several agreements.
Later, King Salman is expected to visit University of Malaya, where he will be conferred an honorary doctorate. The king’s itinerary also features receiving an honorary degree from the International Islamic University of Malaysia. The International Islamic University will confer the honorary degree as well as a lifetime outstanding achievement award on King Salman.
Other highlights of the visit are the convening of the Malaysia-Saudi Arabia Business Forum, a get-together with muftis and a meeting of Saudi and Malaysian students sponsored by the Kingdom.


Family Zone proves a big hit at Ad Diriyah E Prix

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Family Zone proves a big hit at Ad Diriyah E Prix

  • On offer were physically challenging activities such as a zipline, a net climbing wall, and a horse corral for the younger kids
  • At the heart of the park was an area dedicated to local artists and vendors, with everything from traditional foods to handmade soaps to artwork and clothing on display

RIYADH: The festivities at the Ad Diriyah E Prix event continued with the Family Zone, located at a park inside historical Ad Diriyah. Activities were many and varied, with both adults and children partaking in and enjoying the variety of activities on offer.

On offer were physically challenging activities such as a zipline, a net climbing wall, and a horse corral for the younger kids. In the middle of the park was a maze, and a VR biking station where you could race your friends on a digital track.



Costumed performers also entertained guests and posed with them for selfies. There was also a photobooth where guests could take commemorative photos with event-related props.

At the heart of the park was an area dedicated to local artists and vendors, with everything from traditional foods to handmade soaps to artwork and clothing on display. There were also challenge games where prizes could be won, and a craft area where you could create your own Formula E inspired artworks.

Further on, in the Al Bujairi section, were a photography exhibit, an art exhibit, and live musical acts. The area was adorned with oversized racecar driver helmets, painted by local artists.