30th astronauts conference focuses on youth participation in science, technology

Astronauts pose for a group photo at the end of the 30th Association of Space Explorers (ASE) conference in Toulouse on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 19 October 2017
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30th astronauts conference focuses on youth participation in science, technology

TOULOUSE: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and founding member of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), participated in the 30th ASE’s annual conference, which was held in the French city of Toulouse and sponsored by Airbus, the French Space Foundation and others.
The conference discussed several topics related to space technologies and science, as well as the latest developments in space exploration and sciences research.
“Saudi Arabia is interested in communicating with the Association of Space Explorers through the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST),” Prince Sultan said, “and there is a great scientific program in the King Abdul Aziz City for Space, which was blessed with the care of Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed, president of KACST, who happened to be a participant on the main scientific team of the first Saudi trip to space in 1985.”
He also pointed out that Saudi youths are exceptionally interested in the field of space sciences, its technologies and applications, and emphasized the importance of having Saudi astronauts take part in science and advanced technology research. “I look forward to seeing Saudi astronauts join the International Space Station and other important programs of this kind,” he added.
The Association of Space Explorers granted Prince Sultan the Space Explorers’ Award and the association’s medal during its 27th conference, which was held in Beijing, China in September 2014 in recognition of his great efforts in the field of space, making him the first non-US and non-Russian member to receive this award and medal.
Moreover, Prince Sultan is a founding member of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), which was launched in 1985 and has more than 400 astronauts from 37 countries. The association provides astronauts with a forum for dialogue and communication, supports space sciences, promotes environmental awareness, encourages international cooperation in space exploration and provides scholarships in the field.


Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

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Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

  • The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
  • The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows.

JEDDAH: Riyadh municipality Eid Al-Fitr activities attracted more than 1.5 million visitors, residents and citizens over the three-day holiday.
The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
The municipality hosted 200 functions in 30 different locations across the city. It distributed thousands of presents, balloons and candy to children to encourage them to attend Eid prayers and to bring joy to their hearts.
Riyadh’s Eid festivities in Qasr AL-Hokm included the Saudi traditional folk-dance show, activities and competitions for children, as well as folk arts and poetry shows.
The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows, as well as artistic activities and sports competitions.
Riyadh municipality organized five theater shows for men and women, including two for men: Shekka Wa Noss, and Tersam Al-Wahch; two plays for women: Banat Al-Social and Umm Suwaileh Al-Sawaqa, and an open play, Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura.
Riyadh municipality also organized three theater shows for the blind and deaf.
“Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura” (The Betrayed Village), the first open-theater show in the Kingdom, was held in the showroom of Al-Jazeera neighborhood. It was written, directed and played by Saudis.
The municipality allocated several events and locations for the participation of humanitarian organizations by receiving them and setting private seats for them, in coordination with the Saudi Association for Deaf.
It also organized a special program to entertain women and children over the three days of Eid. The events for women included plays, free drawing and coloring sessions, artifacts and competitions.
Carnival marches were launched in the north and west of Riyadh, by 300 cartoon characters and featured the participation of touring folk groups, along with a solidarity march with soldiers, as well as classic car shows.
The capital’s residents and visitors enjoyed fireworks that lasted 10 minutes and colored the sky of Riyadh at King Fahd International Stadium, a location near King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and a location near Wadi Leban Bridge in west Riyadh.