Saudi Shoura Council sees importance of voluntary work in community

Shoura Council in progress. (File photo)
Updated 22 February 2018
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Saudi Shoura Council sees importance of voluntary work in community

RIYADH: The Committee of Social Affairs, Family and Youth at the Shoura Council has called for the approval of a draft voluntary work proposal.
Having listened to the report in their 20th ordinary session on Wednesday, a number of members supported the proposal and its importance to the community.
In another decision, the Council asked the Saudi Red Crescent Commission (SRCC) to coordinate with the private health sector in finding a joint work mechanism when providing emergency services and providing suitable insurance coverage for emergency vehicles to ensure quality services.
The Council further called for the appointment of a specialized and neutral agency to evaluate the efficiency of the SRCC’s structural, financial and technical elements in order to properly carry out its duties.
Later, the Council listened to a report presented by the House Committee of Transport, Communications and Information Technology based on the annual report of the Transport Ministry. The members asked the ministry to explain the reasons behind the rapid deterioration of roads, and suitable solutions for this situation. The members also asked the ministry to include in its upcoming reports safety initiatives to minimize deaths arising from road accidents.
In another decision, the Council asked the Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY) to assess the economic impact of its investments in terms of income and employment in its industrial cities.
After deliberations on a report presented by the House Committee of Hajj and Housing on the annual report of the RCJY, one member asked for a proper assessment of the RCJY investments that will allow independently fixing the profitability of each project.


Family Zone proves a big hit at Ad Diriyah E Prix

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Family Zone proves a big hit at Ad Diriyah E Prix

RIYADH: The festivities at the Ad Diriyah E Prix event continued with the Family Zone, located at a park inside historical Ad Diriyah. Activities were many and varied, with both adults and children partaking in and enjoying the variety of activities on offer.

On offer were physically challenging activities such as a zipline, a net climbing wall, and a horse corral for the younger kids. In the middle of the park was a maze, and a VR biking station where you could race your friends on a digital track.

Costumed performers also entertained guests by posing with them for selfies, dressed in fantasy costumes bedecked with lights. There was also a photobooth where guests could take commemorative photos with event-related props.

At the heart of the park was an area dedicated to local artists and vendors, with everything from traditional foods to handmade soaps to artwork and clothing on display. There were also challenge games where prizes could be won, and a craft area where you could create your own Formula E inspired artworks.

Further on, in the Al Bujairi section, were a photography exhibit, an art exhibit, and live musical acts. The area was adorned with oversized racecar driver helmets, painted by local artists.