Messages of peace and hope underlined at Saudi Salam Forum

Students from Saudi Arabia were joined by British, American, Australian and Japanese counterparts at the culture, heritage and arts event organized by the Peace Project for Cultural Communication. (SPA)
Updated 08 January 2019
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Messages of peace and hope underlined at Saudi Salam Forum

  • ‘Peace is a great Islamic value that promotes security, love, serenity and tranquility’
  • Vision 2030 stresses the importance of fostering a culture of coexistence and cultural communication among peoples and societies

JEDDAH: The two-day Saudi Salam (Peace) Forum concluded on Monday with a reminder of the importance of peaceful coexistence and communication between people of all nations and faiths.
The event, which was organized by the Salam for Cultural Communication project and took place at the conference center of the Saudi Press Agency in Riyadh, aimed to encourage stronger ties between the Kingdom and the global community. Speakers and guests included Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar, the general supervisor of the forum, along with ambassadors, diplomats and experts.
Addressing a session titled “Peace Stories,” Bin Muaammar said the project’s title closely reflects the values on which Saudi Arabia was founded. Peace is a great Islamic value that promotes security, love, serenity and tranquility and ensures that security prevails, he added.
“The Salam for Cultural Communication project reflects the achievements and successes of the development journey, led by King Salman and managed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to achieve Vision 2030, which focuses on promoting coexistence and cultural communication between different peoples and communities,” said Bin Muaammar, who was the founding secretary-general of the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna, and the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue in Riyadh
The session also featured Saudi, Arab and international participants who shared stories from their lives highlighting the importance of peaceful coexistence in Saudi Arabia and beyond. They included Brazilian footballer Elton Jose Xavier Gomes, who plays for Saudi club Al-Qadsiah. has lived in the Kingdom for 10 years and set up a football academy in Brazil called Al-Saudiya; Saudi-born American filmmaker Todd Albert Nims; Arab youth ambassador to the United Nations Youth Assembly Razan Al-Aqeel; Japanese golfer Ryo Ishikawa; Mexican ceramicist Gustavo Perez; Saudi traveler Saud Al-Eidi; Saudi volunteering expert Shams Al-Sabi, and former rapper-turned-motivational speaker Mutah Beale.
Bin Muaammar also toured the forum’s art exhibition featuring works created by Saudi artists and photographers to convey a message of peace to the world. The contributors included award-winning photographer Najla Al-Khalifa and young photographer Muteb Al-Hudaif, and artists Abdul Aziz Al-Dabal, Majih Al-Shehri and Maha Al-Askar, and jewelry designer Al-Hanouf Al-Shaibani.
Dr. Fahd Al-Sultan, the executive director of Peace Project for Cultural Communication, said that the forum aims to enhance the common concepts of coexistence, encourage communication between Saudi Arabia and other societies, and promote the human depth and cultural heritage of Saudi society and its coexistence through history with other races, cultures and religions.
Earlier, the forum hosted a discussion titled “Sport as a means of cultural communication,” which examined the important role sport can play in cultural communication, and how it can help to define a country and its culture in the global arena.
It also discussed Saudi sport and the role of the government in supporting it and contributing to the achievement of excellence at local and international levels.
Vision 2030 stresses the importance of fostering a culture of coexistence and cultural communication among peoples and societies, in addition to enhancing cultural communication between Saudis and the rest of the world, presenting a true image of the Kingdom, and promoting the Kingdom’s contributions to the cultural field and the promoting of coexistence, tolerance and peace.


The Color Run debuts in KSA’s Eastern Province

Updated 18 March 2019
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The Color Run debuts in KSA’s Eastern Province

  • ‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’ combines ‘fun, exercise and charitable giving’ during the Sharqiah Season
  • The Sharqiah project aims to deliver an extensive entertainment experience for both Saudis and visitors to the Kingdom

JEDDAH: For the first time in Saudi Arabia, The Color Run is coming to Sharqiah Season, which features more than 80 events in Eastern Province cities, and is the first of 11 scheduled festivals planned throughout the Kingdom in 2019. 

Sharqiah Season is a collaborative effort by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), the General Culture Authority and the General Sports Authority.

The countdown is on for The Color Run, which takes place at the South Alkhobar Corniche on Saturday.

In this untimed 5-km event, runners — who start in white — are doused with various colors at every 1-km checkpoint.

Since its inception in 2012, The Color Run has seen more than 7 million participants in 40 countries, while donating more than $5 million to charities. 

Organized in line with the GEA’s efforts to attract top entertainment offerings to Saudi Arabia, “The Happiest 5k on the Planet” will make its mark on the Kingdom as part of this year’s worldwide “Color Run Hero Tour,” with 15,000 participants expected in each city.

The non-competitive run is not only an opportunity to create picture-perfect memories, but serves as a celebration of health, happiness and individuality. 

The GEA is supporting the event as part of its continued efforts to enrich the lifestyle of residents and citizens in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan and the Quality of Life Program 2020.

The Color Run was hosted in the UAE twice in 2018, with massive crowds attending and cheering the runners. 

This year, the main theme is celebrating the hero in you, where nothing is impossible. Once the run is over, the fun will continue at the Finish Festival, a larger-than-life celebration with music, photo ops, activity booths, vendors, and more massive color throws.

“We are thrilled to be bringing The Color Run to Saudi Arabia. Its vibrancy matches the aims of the GEA and the Quality of Life Program 2020 objective to support and create new options that boost participation across cultural, entertainment and sports activities,” said the GEA’s Chief Operating Officer Sultan Al-Faqir.

“The Color Run, being held in our three biggest cities, will provide an exciting opportunity for thousands of families to engage in a healthy activity that combines fun, exercise and charitable giving.”

The Sharqiah project aims to deliver an extensive entertainment experience for both Saudis and visitors to the Kingdom.

The festival features events in Eastern Province cities, including Dammam, Dhahran, Alkhobar, Al-Ahsa and Jubail. Future seasons will focus on different areas of Saudi Arabia, with different entertainment options for each city. Upcoming seasons will focus on different areas, and also different parts of the year, such as Ramadan, Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha.

"The Happiest 5k on the Planet" will make its mark on the Kingdom as part of this year’s worldwide ‘Color Run Hero Tour,’ with 15,000 participants expected in each city. (Photo Supplied)

Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority, said in a statement that  the organization’s participation in the festival aligns with its goal of improving the quality of life in the Kingdom, and discovering local talent in various entertainment industries.  He also highlighted the importance of the entertainment sector and its contribution to the economy and the creation of jobs for locals, all important aspects of Vision 2030.

The opening night of Sharqiah Season on Thursday drew crowds of Saudis to the Alkhobar Corniche, despite strong winds and sprinklings of rain earlier in the day. Groups of friends stopping to take selfies and families with young children in tow wandered through the Entertainment Boulevard, lined with food stalls selling karak and koshari.

Earlier in the day, the mega event began with the opening of an exhibit featuring the work of Leonardo da Vinci at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra). 

The exhibit showcased some of Da Vinci’s original sketches, with several screens showing videos detailing how his designs have continued to inspire scientists and inventors in the modern era.

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Sharqiah Season continues until March 30, with upcoming weekends featuring sports events such as the Red Bull Air Race and the Formula 1 H20 boat race, as well as concerts in Dammam featuring Akon, Deadmau5, Pitbull and French Montana.