Russian institute to confer honorary doctorate on King Salman today

King Salman
Updated 07 October 2017
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Russian institute to confer honorary doctorate on King Salman today

MOSCOW: King Salman will be granted an honorary doctorate on Saturday by the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), which is operated by Russia’s Foreign Ministry.
“MGIMO is proud to welcome the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques during his truly historic visit to Russia, and we are proud to include His Majesty among MGIMO’s honorary degree-holders,” the institute’s Rector Anatoly Torkunov told Arab News.
Its honorary doctorates acknowledge recipients’ roles in strengthening relations between their country and Russia, and their contribution to global stability and prosperity.
Previous recipients include Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Jordan’s King Abdallah, former French President Jacques Chirac, former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros Ghali, and Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, former secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
In 2016, MGIMO signed a cooperation agreement with the Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies at the Saudi Foreign Ministry.
MGIMO, founded in 1944, prepares diplomats for the Foreign Ministry. “Despite its proximity to political elites, MGIMO has always maintained the spirit of intellectual freedom, encouraging independent thinking in its students,” its website says.
The Guinness Book of World Records acknowledged MGIMO for the number of languages it teaches — 53.


Unique Riyadh car race brings in enthusiasts from all around

Costumized Hot Rods outside the Alloy Army garage area. (Supplied)
Updated 20 October 2018
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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.