Pavilions showcase Saudi achievements across sectors

The festival reflects the leadership’s care for the history of the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 08 January 2019

Pavilions showcase Saudi achievements across sectors

  • The pavilion features the company’s most prominent projects and factories and was inaugurated by Saudi royalty
  • Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief assistance has reached 42 countries around the world

JEDDAH: The Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces have featured models of its rocket-propelled grenades at the Ministry of Defense pavilion at the Janadriyah Festival this year.
The pavilion also features debris from the first ballistic missile destroyed during the 2015 Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen. Weapons used by the airforce are on display outside the pavilion.

KSRelief pavilion
KSRelief had a spot at this year’s festival as well.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, general supervisor of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief), paid a visit to the pavilion, which includes a section for relief programs, aid recipient countries and programs for arranging food baskets, as well as visual presentations of volunteer and donation work.
Al-Rabeeah said KSRelief assistance has reached 42 countries around the world.

Hadaf pavilion
Job opportunities and social programs were on display at the Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf) pavilion.
Officials from Hadaf offered career guidance for disabled people seeking work opportunities under an employment program for people with disabilities called Tawafuq.
Tawafuq will improve and develop legislation and policies and help enhance vocational training, as well as offer use data tracking to promote and support employment initiatives for the disabled.
Tawafuq has launched a range of projects to help people with special needs searching for jobs. It has also published manuals offering employers advice on creating suitable work environments.

Hajj Ministry pavilion
Arab and foreign delegations from Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Scotland and Ukraine have commended the Hajj Ministry pavilion, which showcases the state-of-the-art technology used to make the Hajj pilgrimage safe and simple for pilgrims coming in from around the world.
Delegates were shown how pilgrims’ biometric data is transferred for a smooth and hassle-free Hajj.

Maaden pavilion
The pavilion for Saudi mining company Maaden (Arabic for mineral resources) also enjoyed a large turnout.
The expo contained information on the discovery, production and exportation of the Kingdom’s rich array of mineral resources.
Maaden operates in remote areas throughout the Kingdom and contributes greatly to the third most significant sector in the country after the oil and petrochemicals industries.
The pavilion also features the company’s most prominent projects and factories and was inaugurated by Saudi royalty.
Company representatives are at the pavilion giving insight to visitors about the sector’s industrialization process.

First Color Run excites over 1,500 runners in Eastern Province

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First Color Run excites over 1,500 runners in Eastern Province

  • The 5-km marathon is part of the Sharqiah Season’s fun-filled activities

ALKHOBAR: Everywhere you looked it was a sea of color at the Alkhobar corniche as the Eastern Province’s first Color Run took place early on Saturday morning.

With more than 1,500 runners competing, the 5-km marathon began at 7 a.m., as part of the Sharqiah Season festival in the Eastern Province, which continues until the end of the month. Only one of 83 events scheduled throughout nine eastern region cities, the Color Run was rated high on the fun scale by 10-year-old Rania from the Philippines.

“I joined in the Color Run and I ran, and it was nice and fun,” said Rania who came with her cousins and aunt. “On a scale of one to 10, I think this was a nine. It was special because I got colorful and my hair got more beautiful.”

Rania, like all other runners who completed the course, received a medal commemorating the achievement.

The Color Run took participants along a 5-km path, and with every kilometer completed, those taking part would be showered by a single bright color. Each 1-km marker had its own color, so participants became more and more colorful as they progressed. 

Widyan Ayash, a mother from Syria, attended the event with her husband, Wael, and her daughter, Naya. “This is something new in Saudi Arabia,” she said. “We went through the five stops and at every stop there is a color that people start throwing on you, having fun, laughing, listening to nice music. The kids were very happy. It was a very nice family activity that we completed and we all got our small medals.”

By the time they reached the finish line, they were all a rainbow blend of neon colors that most laundromats would consider to be a nightmare. But no one Arab News spoke to said that they were rushing home to do laundry. 

It was quite the opposite.

The Color Run, also known as the ‘Happiest 5K on the Planet,’ celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality.  (AN photo by Essam Al-Ghalib)

“I am not going to wash my clothes,” said Jessica, a nurse at John Hopkins who has lived in the Kingdom for three years. “I am going to keep them as they are, to keep reliving the experience. It was a memorable day for everyone.”

Jennilyn Martha, another nurse, also had an exciting day. 

“I came here to join the Color Run,” she said. “It was so fun, and it is the first time it happened in the Kingdom. It was really great and we were excited. We walked and jogged and ran for 5 km. It was a good experience.”

Manal Bahareth, from Ras Tanura, also joined the Color Run.

“I had a great time,” she said, as she brandished her completion medal. “I finished the 5 km. It was kind of hard. I walked and ran. There has been great improvement in the country now and we should have more and more events like this.”

The Color Run, also known as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet,” celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. 

According to the Color Run website, it is the largest running series in the world and has been experienced by more than 7 million people in more than 40 countries.