Saudi-American volunteering committee presents project for the homeless in Boston

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The Saudi American Public Relation Affaires Committee (SAPRAC) coordinated and presented a volunteering project in Boston, MA. (AN Photo)
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The Saudi American Public Relation Affaires Committee (SAPRAC) coordinated and presented a volunteering project in Boston, MA. (AN Photo)
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The Saudi American Public Relation Affaires Committee (SAPRAC) coordinated and presented a volunteering project in Boston, MA. (AN Photo)
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The Saudi American Public Relation Affaires Committee (SAPRAC) coordinated and presented a volunteering project in Boston, MA. (AN Photo)
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The Saudi American Public Relation Affaires Committee (SAPRAC) coordinated and presented a volunteering project in Boston, MA. (AN Photo)
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The Saudi American Public Relation Affaires Committee (SAPRAC) coordinated and presented a volunteering project in Boston, MA. (AN Photo)
Updated 23 February 2018
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Saudi-American volunteering committee presents project for the homeless in Boston

LONDON: The Saudi American Public Relation Affaires Committee (SAPRAC) coordinated and presented on Wednesday a volunteering project in Boston, MA.
In cooperation with Boston Rescue Mission, the project catered to the needs of the homeless during the cold weather. More than 350 gifts were presented to the more than 170 guests and residents at the shelter.
During the visit, the SAPRAC team toured the organization, met with all present residents and distributed gifts. It was a positive and engaging project with the participation of more than 8 male and female Saudi volunteers from SAPRAC’s volunteering team in Boston.
Upon completion of the SAPRAC’s volunteering project, a meeting was held between the Vice President and Executive Director of SAPRAC, Dr. Reem Daffa and the President and CEO of Boston Rescue Mission, Rev. John Samaan, where a mutual agreement took place to collaborate on further and more voluntary work with SAPRAC in the future.
President and CEO of Boston Rescue Mission, Rev. John Samaan, lauded SAPRAC’s initiative and stated that volunteering activities like this have such a positive impact on those in need, and is considered wonderful and distinguished work by the people of Saudi Arabia.
Vice President and Executive Director of SAPRAC, Dr. Reem Daffa said: “These efforts reflect the philanthropic spirit of the Saudi youth and society, while breaking stereotype perceptions among Americans. Saudi youth consider voluntary efforts to be a religious and national message that is indivisible from their scholarly mission, wherever they are in the world.
The director of the FLS International Institute, Michael LaRiccia, hosted the SAPRAC volunteering team at their headquarters in Boston and said: “SAPRAC has made great efforts throughout to demonstrate humanitarian work toward members of the American community, who are in need. He also stated that SAPRAC is always welcome at any branch of the Institute throughout the states.
SAPRAC’s Event Officer, Mohammed Al Hamed added: “These voluntary efforts are in the interest of building multinational communities and result in a positive impact on societies. Such efforts give hope and joy to those in need, and voluntary efforts between American and Saudi communities contribute to strengthening relations between the people of both nations.


Pitbull and Akon wow crowds at Saudi Arabia’s Asharqiah Music Festival

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Pitbull and Akon wow crowds at Saudi Arabia’s Asharqiah Music Festival

  • Earlier on Friday, planes raced over the waters of the Dammam Corniche, thrilling the crowd who had gathered to see the Red Bull Race
  • Although not the actual championship itself, the demonstration did not disappoint, with pilots pulling their aircraft through barrel rolls and high G-force turns along a floating obstacle course

DAMMAM: Week two of Sharqiah Season started with a bang as US rapper Pitbull performed at Dammam’s Life Park as part of the Asharqiah Music Festival on Friday afternoon.
Although his Thursday night concert was canceled, fans were certainly not disappointed when he took the stage at 4 p.m. An energy-filled Pitbull hyped-up the crowd in minutes, and soon enough everyone was singing along to some of his most famous songs, including “Taxi,” “Timber,” “On The Floor” and more.
The rapper even teased a short sample of his newest song, “Cinco de Mayo,” leading the crowd in the opening chant before launching into the song’s intro.
He thanked his fans multiple times for their understanding over the delay of the concert, telling them how happy he was to have made it.
“I want you to be able to tell people, ‘I went to a Pitbull concert, and I had the time of my life, Saudi Arabia!’” he shouted, before launching into a rendition of “Time of Our Lives.”


Fireworks, confetti and a wildly enthusiastic audience made for a memorable experience.
Arab News caught up with Pitbull backstage after the show. When asked if he had something to say to his fans, he replied: “To everyone in Saudi I wanna say thank you for the love, I appreciate the opportunity. Great crowd, great energy.”
The performance was hastily rescheduled due to the rapper’s delay in Iceland on his way to Saudi Arabia for the festival.
Due to technical difficulties, his plane was grounded and unable to fly until a spare part was delivered from the US, causing him to miss the initial date.
Pitbull posted an apology video on Twitter, in which he promised fans an unforgettable experience at the rescheduled show. “Make sure you keep your tickets,” he told his fans.
Safa Hukrdoh, from Dammam, said she would have preferred to experience the concert at night, but had no complaints. “I think it was amazing. I have been to other concerts outside (of Saudi Arabia), but this is the first time inside.”
The festivities at Life Park continue today as Akon, French Montana and Amr Diab all take the stage for the second evening of the Asharqiah Music Festival.

It is one of 83 events planned for the Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi Seasons taking place across the country in 2019.
Earlier on Friday, planes raced over the waters of the Dammam Corniche, thrilling the crowd who had gathered to see the Red Bull Race. Although not the actual championship itself, the demonstration did not disappoint, with pilots pulling their aircraft through barrel rolls and high G-force turns along a floating obstacle course.
“It’s been a nice day for the family,” said Mohammed Saleh Al-Ghamdi, who had come out with his wife, his mother-in-law and his three children. “We come here every weekend, and every weekend there is a new surprise waiting.
“This time it is these air races, which my son, Hussam, found really exciting. We all had our photos taken with the planes and ate hamburgers, and now we are going to have some ice cream before the next plane comes out to perform.”
Sharqiah Season is the first of 11 cultural events organized by the General Entertainment Authority, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, The General Sports Authority and General Culture Authority.
The initiative falls in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program, which aims to improve the quality of life in the Kingdom by providing enriching cultural pursuits and shows. The 83 activities planned for the festival, which is being held in 9 different cities, feature entertainment, educational activities, sports events and culture.
Sharqiah Season continues until March 30, with the weekends ahead also featuring the Formula 1 H20 boat race, as well as concerts in Dammam featuring Deadmau5 among others.