Start your (electric) engines, it’s race day at Ad Diriyah

Saturday is race day at Ad Diriyah. (Ziyad Alarfaj/Arab News)
Updated 15 December 2018
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Start your (electric) engines, it’s race day at Ad Diriyah

  • 22 electric-powered racing cars will hurtle round a 2.5 km track at Ad Diriyah on the outskirts of Riyadh on Saturday

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia takes another giant step into the future on Saturday when 22 electric-powered racing cars hurtle round a 2.5 km track at Ad Diriyah on the outskirts of Riyadh.

The 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix is a first — not just for Saudi Arabia, but for the Middle East — and race fans have been flocking to the event since Thursday.

And as thousands have discovered, you don’t have to be a motor-racing enthusiast to have a good time. The party began with a concert on Thursday night featuring Jason Derulo and Enrique Iglesias, and continued on Friday with Amr Diab and the Black Eyed Peas. The final concert on Saturday will be headlined by OneRepublic and David Guetta.

As if that were not enough, a  horse corral, a maze and a virtual reality biking station were some of the attractions on offer at the family zone at the event.

“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.”

Visitors 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.”

 


Saudi Arabia plans to introduce Chinese into the curriculum at all education levels

Updated 22 February 2019
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Saudi Arabia plans to introduce Chinese into the curriculum at all education levels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and China on Friday agreed to include the Chinese language as a curriculum at all stages of education in schools and universities across the Kingdom.
The agreement came during a meeting between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a high-level Chinese delegation in the capital Beijing, in a bid to strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation and deepen the strategic partnership at all levels between both countries.
The move aims to enable a comprehensive strategic partnership to achieve the aspirations of the Saudi and Chinese leaderships and seize the promising opportunities between their two peoples, a relationship which has extended for decades.
The inclusion of the Chinese language will enhance the cultural diversity of students in the Kingdom and contribute to the achievement of the future national goals in the field of education for the Vision 2030.
The introduction of Chinese into the curriculum is an important step toward opening new academic horizons for students of various educational levels in the Kingdom.
Learning Chinese will serve as a bridge between the two peoples and would contribute to increasing trade and cultural ties.