Saudi cyclists join Global Biking Initiative for third time

In 2018 the number of participating Saudi cyclists has reached 70, hailing from different parts of the Kingdom.
Updated 01 July 2018
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Saudi cyclists join Global Biking Initiative for third time

  • The Saudi cyclists are registered as part of Princess Al-Anoud Charity Foundation initiatives, and will represent the homeland for the third time in this tour.
  • Saudi cyclists has reached 70, hailing from different parts of the Kingdom


LONDON: Saudis are joining the Global Biking Initiative on Sunday, from the Swedish city of Gutenberg to Hamburg in Germany.

The bikers will be traveling 800 kilometers with their bicycles representing Saudi Arabia by taking part in this social initiative, according to the state-run news agency.

Hundreds of participants from different countries join the cycling tour during which we they cross multiple countries in one week to raise funds for charities.

The Saudi squad will be presenting their charity project aimed at holding a second scientific campus for Saudi Arabia’s orphans, in collaboration with Benaa Association for Orphans Care in the Eastern Region.

The Saudi cyclists are registered as part of Princess Al-Anoud Charity Foundation initiatives, and will represent the homeland for the third time in this tour.

Ahmad al-Sofan, a representer of the GBI team of Saudi cyclists, said their journey started by creating a page for Saudi Arabia on the initiative website back in 2016, supported by the General Sports Authority in the kingdom.

Al-Sofan said their aim is to increase the number of charity volunteers in Saudi Arabia to one million, to fulfill the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision for development.

In 2016, they started with three cyclists only and in the following year, the number increased to 34. In 2018 the number of participating Saudi cyclists has reached 70, hailing from different parts of the Kingdom.

 


Saudi crown prince receives Pakistan’s highest civilian award

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Saudi crown prince receives Pakistan’s highest civilian award

  • Prince Mohammed “honored” to meet the president and receive the award
  • Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi Pakistan was proud of its relations with Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi handed the prestigious Nishan-e-Pakistan (Order of Pakistan) award on Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday

The award is a state-organized civilian honor which recognizes achievements for Pakistan or an outstanding service for one’s own country.

On receiving the award at President House in Islamabad, Prince Mohammed said he was “honored” to meet the president and receive the highest medal of the Republic.”

“The brotherly relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are based on the principle of Islamic solidarity, and they are a model for other nations,” the crown prince said.

“The Kingdom was one of the first countries to recognize Pakistan immediately after its declaration of independence, as most of the Kingdom's kings have visited Pakistan and most of Pakistan's leaders have visited the Kingdom.”

He said more than two million Pakistanis are working in the Kingdom and “contribute their share in the development project in the Kingdom and Pakistan.”

Alvi said Pakistan was proud of its relations with Saudi Arabia, and that the two countries were bound by “deep-rooted brotherly relations based on common religious and cultural values.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan, his cabinet members, the army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and several other high-profile officials and dignitaries from both countries were also present on the occasion.

The crown prince arrived in Islamabad on Sunday as part of an official two-day visit to the country on the invitation of the premier.

The two countries signed agreements worth more than $20bn at a ceremony on Sunday evening.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy deep-rooted defense ties, with the armed forces of both the countries conducting joint exercises in Pakistan and the Kingdom on a regular basis.

On Monday, the crown prince also met with Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani. Later, he was accompanied to the Presidency by Prime Minister Khan in a traditional horse-drawn carriage that was surrounded by a contingent of President’s Bodyguards.