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

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.”


Future leaders key to achieve ‘Vision 2030’

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Future leaders key to achieve ‘Vision 2030’

JEDDAH: .Saudi Minister of Civil Service and Chairman of the Institute of Public Administration Sulaiman Al-Hamdan inaugurated the “Developing Future Leaders” roundtable on Wednesday. 

“The Kingdom achieved a distinguished civilizational status due to the wise developmental policies adopted by King Salman’s government as part of its engagement to move forward and achieve more successes and allow the Kingdom to assume its proper regional and international position,” Al-Hamdan said.

“I hope this event will reflect positively on the Kingdom’s administrative development process through the achievement of its objectives,” he said, noting that “the Kingdom’s strategic approach and ambitious vision pose an unprecedented challenge to the civil service system on various levels.”

“The ministry sought to provide an integrated human resources management system by empowering government agencies to effectively play their developmental roles. It did so through a series of directives such as reviewing and developing the executive regulations of the civil service system.”

Dr. Mushabab Al-Qahtani, the institute’s director general, noted that “preparing a second generation of leaders will greatly contribute to the achievement of the Kingdom’s vision.” 

“The subjects of this event aim at highlighting the importance of developing future leaders while discussing the latest means to do so and the role of current leaders in the process,” he said.

“The Kingdom, with the directives of its wise leadership, drew a road map leading to the future national development. It accorded great attention to building and developing human capital,” he added, pointing out that “King Salman’s government greatly focused on administrative and human capital development. This stresses its keenness to develop future leaders through diverse projects, plans and initiatives in order to achieve a sustainable development.”