Saudi cabinet voices support for Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition efforts to wipe out terrorism

King Salman chairs the Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 29 November 2017
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Saudi cabinet voices support for Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition efforts to wipe out terrorism

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet has expressed support for an address by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the first meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) and the need for strong coordination between Islamic countries in fighting terrorism.
The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, also supported the crown prince’s statement about terrorism distorting the image of Islam, killing and terrorizing innocent people in Muslim countries, the need not to track down and eradicate it in all its forms and manifestations.
The final declaration of the IMCTC meeting was also praised. It stressed that terrorism represents a continued and growing threat to local and global peace and stability. It also voiced support for the determination of the IMCTC member countries to coordinate efforts to wipe out terrorism in all areas, ideologically and militarily, and dry up its funding resources.
At the regional level, the Cabinet welcomed the outcome of the expanded meeting of the Syrian opposition forces held in Riyadh, which unified their ranks and the creation of a negotiating team representing all the opposition parties that will enhance their position in the Syrian peace talks.
The Cabinet was also briefed on the outcome of the meetings of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC), held in Istanbul, Turkey, and their stressing the need to address economic challenges facing the Islamic countries.
The success of the first meeting of the Muslims of the ASEAN countries which was organized by the Kingdom in Kuala Lumpur was mentioned, and the Kingdom’s role in serving Islam and Muslims, spreading moderation and tolerance of Islam, and renunciation of terrorism and extremism.
Efforts exerted by all concerned bodies in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, and Bahrain on fighting terrorism were commended, and their work with partners in all parts of the world to curb the activities of terror and extremist groups.
The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s strong condemnation of terror acts in Egypt, Iraq, and Nigeria and its support of these countries against terrorism and extremism.


Huge free bus service to speed fans to the 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix action

Updated 11 December 2018
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Huge free bus service to speed fans to the 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix action

  • Multiple pick-up points around the city, at malls and hotels, with easy access to Ad Diriyah so ticket holders can relax and leave the car at home

RIYADH: One of the biggest free ‘Park & Ride’ public shuttle bus systems Saudi Arabia has ever laid on for an event will swing into action for the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E Prix, which gets underway this week.
The festival of Formula E racing, entertainment, international music acts and cultural activities starts on at 4pm Thursday December 13, at the stunning UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah on the outskirts of Riyadh.
Plus, on the evening of December 13, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo will kick off the first of three incredible nights of music concerts for Formula E ticket holders. The following day, December 14, Arab music legend Amr Diab and globally-renowned pop band Black Eyed Peas will delight the audience. And, on December 15, race day, following the exhilarating 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E Prix, US smash hit OneRepublic and superstar DJ/producer David Guetta will bring the event to an electrifying finale.
Only fans holding tickets will be able to access the entire Ad Diriyah site including the race track, the concert arena and the complimentary concerts and the 180,000 sq m Allianz E Village.
So, with thousands set to descend on the site, officials are ensuring that fans can race to the action, with a huge network of free buses created to cut down on traffic and embrace more sustainable transport alternatives in keeping with Formula E’s message.

Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal Al-Saud, President of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, said: “Saudi Arabia is on a journey toward sustainability and Formula E’s message of renewable energy and working to minimize its environmental footprint is inspiring and important.
“We want Formula E to electrify and inspire the next generation of Saudis to embrace sustainable forms of transport.
“That’s why, in keeping with other Formula E races around the world, we’ll be encouraging ticket holders to take advantage of the ‘Park & Ride’. Cars trying to get to Ad Diriyah without specific access will not have access and will be directed to use the public ‘Park & Ride’. So, relax, leave the car at home, and leave the driving to us.
“Our partnership with Formula E is for the next decade and this is one small step we can take together. At SAMF we are committed to improving driving standards and driving conditions and encouraging responsible driving.”
Single day and three-day Grandstand ticket holders can benefit from a ‘Park & Ride’ service, which will operate from King Saud University, with space for up to 7,000 cars.
Plus, shuttle buses will operate a ‘City Park & Ride’ network from a number of locations across Riyadh with pick-up points at Al Faisaliah, Narcissus Hotel, the Hyatt Regency, Four Seasons, Fraser Suites, Holiday Inn Al Meydan, Holiday Inn Olaya, Aloft hotel, Burj Rafal Kempinski Hotel, Sheraton Riyadh Hotel, Executive KAFD Hotel, Movenpick Riyadh Hotel, Marriott King Saud Rd Hotel, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Panorama Mall and Riyadh Park Mall.
On each day it will begin operating an hour before Ad Diriyah opens. Shuttles start 3pm on Thursday (ahead of venue opening at 4pm), 1pm on Friday (venue opens 2pm) and finally 9am on Saturday (race day, venue opens 10am).
Uber, Careems or official taxis will be directed to a ‘drop off’ area in the general parking area.
Drivers without the official Formula E parking pass will not have access to Ad Diriyah and will be directed to use the public ‘Park & Ride’
If you are a Grandstand ticket holder, whether a single day or a three-day ticket holder, you need to purchase three tickets to qualify for one parking pass.
For every three Grandstand tickets purchased the buyer gets one pass into the general parking area.
If no parking pass, then you must use the ‘Park & Ride’.
Tickets are on sale here and are also available at Point of Sale units at Riyadh Park Mall, Oud Square and Doos Carting (only Grandstand tickets from Doos) and Seven Car Lounge.