Role of youth in confronting global issues highlighted at World Forum in Egypt

In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency, MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi addresses participants in the "World Youth Forum," a government-organized event, in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. (AP)
Updated 11 November 2017
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Role of youth in confronting global issues highlighted at World Forum in Egypt

RIYADH: World peace, prosperity, harmony and progress were the ambitious aims of the World Youth Forum (WYF) attended by a Saudi youth delegation in Sharm El-Sheikh this week.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated the WYF, visited by 3,203 young men and women from 110 countries, in the presence of prominent Arab and international figures in the Egyptian resort city.
The Saudi youth delegation participated as speakers in a number of sessions including one on the “Role of Cinema in Terrorism and Extremism,” and “Volunteerism and Community Work.”
The Saudi delegation included 45 young men and women representing a group of Saudi universities, the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue and the Foreign Ministry, said Abdullah Al-Saqabi, director of the student activities and partnership department at King Saud University.
The WYF, which finished on Friday, consisted of four themes. The first theme, “Global Youth Issues”, included discussions on terrorism and how young people will play a meaningful role in confronting the issues of climate change, migration and refugees.
The second theme, “Sustainable Development, Technology and Entrepreneurship,” reviewed international experiences in achieving sustainable development and presented innovative youth experiences in entrepreneurship, while discussing the impact of technology on young people’s lives.
The third theme was about civilizations and cultures, and included subjects such as the arts and literature, cultural identity, how to integrate civilizations and cultures, and how to benefit from the rich diversity that results from dealing with the damage caused by conflicts and wars.
The final theme, “Making Future Leaders,” assessed experiences at the international level that will train youth to become future leaders.


Formula E at Ad Diriyah: An experience of a lifetime

A huge crowd gathers in Ad Diriyah village to enjoy the biggest festival of Formula-E racing action on Thursday. (Photo/Social media)
Updated 14 December 2018
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Formula E at Ad Diriyah: An experience of a lifetime

  • The 2018 Ad Diriyah E-Prix gets off to a thrilling start

RIYADH: All the hype surrounding Formula E sent a wave of excitement through the streets that you could sense as you approached the Allianz E-Village, an electronic village with reality toys galore that will take you to the another world. Thrilled visitors who had come early had the advantage of avoiding the crowds and the busy queues as they paced their way through the village.
The Formula E-Prix took up the whole of Ad Diriyah, a family zone and cultural village. The best way to move around was by one of the many buses that transports visitors to the security checks.
On the ride to the cultural village at dusk you could see the place all lit up with twinkling fairy lights. It was magical and beautiful. One person on the bus gushed at the beauty of it, the mixing of the old and the new, the cultural and the technological.
“In my day everything was open; we had cinemas and foreigners walked around without abayas. This reminds me of the old days. I’m very happy that we have this again. This is normal life. It’s nice to go back to that,” Um Faisal, a Saudi citizen said from the crowd.
People were dancing in the crowds singing to the lyrics, and once the DJ stopped the music you could hear the crowds scream with excitement.
“This is ridiculous!” was overheard from one concert-goer who was watching the show. The huge crowd was jumping up and down to the beat. There were no limits to age, gender or race; everyone participated.
First-time concert-goer Yara Saud, an 18-year-old college student, had been waiting for this event since it was announced. Being a huge fan of Jason Derulo, she said: “I can’t believe that I’m attending my favorite artist’s concert in my home town. This is Crazy!”
“Saudi whassap. This is a dream come true for me! Since we are in Saudi Arabia I want to do things a little different,” said Jason Derulo.
As a special treat for his Saudi audience he gave the first performance of a new song, stating on the stage that his mother taught him to never visit empty handed: This was his gift to Saudi Arabia.
It was truly a night to remember as for the first time in Saudi Arabia we could witness the people of Saudi mingling, dancing, singing and enjoying themselves in a huge outdoor area.