Jeddah Season introduces new edutainment events

Jeddah Season aims to promote the city as a tourist destination, and to encourage partnerships with local businesses. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 02 July 2019
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Jeddah Season introduces new edutainment events

  • LEGO Corner opened on June 19 and ran until June 25 at Mall of Arabia

JEDDAH: Jeddah Season sees Saudi Arabia host a variety of edutainment events aimed at teaching children through interactive entertainment. Four of the most recognizable edutainment brands belong, regionally, to Spacetoon, which is staging activities at three large shopping malls around the city.
The LEGO activity tests participants’ creative skills, while Discover Adventure is for those who like a challenge. Pictionary, like the famous board game on which it is based, requires one person to draw something while the rest of their team try to guess what it is within the time limit. The Barbie event, meanwhile, offers children a journey full of new experiences.
In a press release, Spacetoon said that the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has selected “world-class edutainment events that suit the audience of the Kingdom,” which could make Jeddah a major entertainment destination this summer.
LEGO Corner opened on June 19 and ran until June 25 at Mall of Arabia. It had four sections — one for children below five, one for girls, one for boys and one for adults.
On June 27, Discovery Adventure opened at Mall of Arabia. According to a company statement, it was “the perfect opportunity for fans of quests and discovery.” It incorporated VR technology to provide “a real jungle experience,” and participants also went on a camping adventure in the woods.
The 41-day Jeddah Season features international shows and plays being presented for the first time in the Kingdom, along with street parades, art exhibits, 3-D art displays and water-based activities.
Jeddah Season aims to promote the city as a tourist destination, and to encourage partnerships with local businesses. Organizers hope to generate up to 20,000 job and volunteering opportunities for young Saudis.


Hajj Ministry, Misk launch program for volunteers to serve pilgrims

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Hajj Ministry, Misk launch program for volunteers to serve pilgrims

  • It aims to raise the level of volunteer performance in providing a professional service and high-quality practices

RIYADH: The Initiative Center at the Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation (Misk Foundation) has launched a program to prepare volunteers for the Hajj season in 2019, in cooperation with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. 

The program, called Misk Al-Mashair, which launched its first workshop in Jeddah, encourages the culture of voluntary work and gives individuals greater space to participate in charitable work.

The program includes workshops in Makkah, Madinah, Riyadh, Jeddah, Taif, Dammam, Alkhobar, Jazan, Al-Jouf, Al-Ahsa, Abha, Tabuk and Qassim, as well as other cities across the Kingdom. The one-day program is attended by volunteers to learn about volunteering in Hajj.

The workshop includes an introduction to dealing with emergencies, problem-solving, communication skills, dealing with pilgrims of different cultures, working together in crowd management, and the ethics and values of voluntary work, all linked to the honor and value of participating during Hajj.

Thousands of registered volunteers and several other official bodies are taking part in the training program through the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Health, and the Directorate of Civil Defense to unify efforts to support young volunteers, improve the quality of services provided and benefit from the expertise provided by the program.


IN NUMBERS

673,000 - The number of pilgrims who have arrived in the Kingdom since the start of the current Hajj season.

650,000 - pilgrims came by air.

15,000 - pilgrims entered by land.

7,735 - pilgrims arrived by sea.


Through this program, the Initiative Center aims to raise the level of volunteer performance in providing a professional service and high-quality practices that reflect positively on pilgrims and contribute to improving their experience in line with the objectives of Vision 2030 to promote volunteering and increase the contribution of Saudi youth volunteers in the service of their community and their country.

Volunteer work in this initiative is centered on the reception of pilgrims, guidance, translation, medical volunteering, honoring the elderly, helping people with disabilities and volunteering to monitor and document the feelings and attitudes of the pilgrims.

So far, the number of pilgrims who have arrived in the Kingdom since the start of the current Hajj season has reached 673,104, according to statistics issued by Saudi General Directorate of Passports. Most pilgrims — 650,294 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 15,075 entered by land and 7,735 arrived by sea, the Saudi Press Agency reported.