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

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.

Spring festival brings Indian color to Saudi Arabia

Updated 21 April 2018

Spring festival brings Indian color to Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: A two-day Holi festival is bringing the colorful Indian and Nepali spring tradition to Saudi Arabia for the first time.

The Festival of Colors at Benchmark in Jeddah offers participants a chance to drench each other with Holi colors in a symbolic celebration of spring.

The delightful festival is celebrated across the Indian subcontinent as well as in countries with large Indian populations, such as Jamaica, South Africa, Malaysia, Britain and the US.

Hajjer Tariq, 25, who was selling Holi products at the festival, told Arab News: “The colors are made out of cornstarch, food coloring and water, and are safe for children.”

Ammar Ahmad, 15, said: “I have seen these color celebrations in Indian movies, but didn’t realize they were so enjoyable.”

The Jeddah event also featured a “live mural artwork” on the history of the Kingdom, with one section dedicated to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Vision 2030.

Modified car show

A modified-car show organized by Group Different on the sidelines of the festival in Jeddah featured prize-winning vehicles from around the world.

Bandar Al-Omari, founder of Group Different, said the company had taken part in 60 events for modified cars and now was aiming to claim a Guinness world record by gathering 100 cars in one location.