Saudi Cabinet lauds relations between Kingdom and the US

King Salman chairs the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 21 March 2018
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Saudi Cabinet lauds relations between Kingdom and the US

RIYADH: The Cabinet looked forward when it met on Tuesday to the results of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s current official visit to the US and his talks with President Donald Trump and senior officials of the US government.
Chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace, the Cabinet lauded the depth of relations between the two friendly countries and their keenness on finding ways to consolidate the ties.
It was also briefed on the results of the official visit paid by Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif to Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines and his discussions with senior officials there on bilateral relations and ways to strengthen them.
The Cabinet reviewed a number of reports on current events and developments in the Arab, regional and international arenas. It welcomed the presidential statement issued by the UN Security Council on the situation in Yemen, which included a strong condemnation of the Iran-backed Houthi militias targeting the Kingdom with ballistic missiles and their deliberate targeting of civilian areas. The statement also praised the Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operation, which was announced by the Saudi-led Arab coalition.
The Cabinet affirmed that the statement reflected the UN’s commitment to solve the conflict in Yemen through political means in accordance with the GCC Initiative, the outputs of the national dialogue and the relevant Security Council resolutions.
It reiterated the Kingdom’s commendation of efforts by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria in issuing a report documenting the serious violations of human rights there. And it reaffirmed the Kingdom’s steadfast stand with international efforts to resolve the crisis in accordance with the principles of the Geneva Declaration 1 and UN Security Council Resolution No. 2254.
The Cabinet also congratulated President Xi Jinping of China and President Vladimir Putin of Russia on their re-election for new presidential terms, wishing both presidents and their countries steady progress and prosperity.
Locally, the Cabinet praised the opening of Riyadh International Book Fair under the theme “The book is future of transformation,” which embodies the Kingdom’s constant support for culture and intellectuals, and its keenness on the importance of coping with the Saudi Vision 2030.


Fun in the family zone at Ad Diriyah E-Prix ​

Updated 14 December 2018
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Fun in the family zone at Ad Diriyah E-Prix ​

  • On offer were physically challenging activities such as a zipline, a net climbing wall, and a horse corral for the younger kids
  • 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

RIYADH: A horse corral, a maze and a virtual reality biking station were some of the attractions on offer at the family zone at the E-Prix event being held at the Ad Diriyah UNESCO world heritage site near the capital Riyadh.
The event, which culminates Saturday with Formula E Championship street racing, is the first of its kind to be held in the region. 
It brings together world class entertainment — from artists including David Guetta and Amr Diab — and cultural activities.



“The amount of effort that must have gone into setting this up is extraordinary,” said visitor Abla Qanaq. “The variety of options is almost overwhelming. I’m not even sure where I want to start.”
People in the VIP Hospitality Section had the opportunity to ride camels, sample local staples of dates and Arabic coffee, and experience local customs such as traditional wedding marches.
“I’m glad they realized the importance of including a local touch in an event like this,” said visitor Alaa Al Dawsari. “Especially with so many foreigners coming from all over the world. It’s amazing that we were able to present Saudi Arabia like this.”
The family zone also featured an area dedicated to local artisans and vendors, with everything from traditional food to handmade soap and clothing on display. The Al Bujairi section hosts exhibitions and live music.