Cleaning contracts for Jeddah worth SR 1.8 bn finalized

Updated 27 January 2013

Cleaning contracts for Jeddah worth SR 1.8 bn finalized

The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has signed nine contracts worth SR 1.8 billion with various companies to undertake cleaning operations in the Jeddah Municipality.
“The nine companies will start working in two months. The municipality is currently preparing detailed schedules and other details to be followed by each company,” spokesman for the municipality, Abdul Aziz Al-Nehari, told Arab News yesterday.
The contract period is five years.
“The entire city has been divided into nine areas and each company will undertake the full cleaning of one or two areas,” Al-Nehari said, adding that in the past, only three companies were entrusted with the cleaning of the whole city.
It is because of the growth of the city in terms of population and in the number of residential neighborhoods that more companies were contracted, he said.
Another company has been appointed to monitor and evaluate the work of the nine companies. This company will send daily and periodic reports about the performance of the cleaning companies to the city mayor, he said.
He added that a huge volume of garbage has been produced everyday in the city, mostly food and other garbage from residential houses. The three companies currently operating in the city are struggling hard to clean the huge volume of waste produced, he said.
“The volume of garbage produced in the city is continuously growing because its population is growing fast and translating into an increase in the number of streets and districts in the city,” the official said.
The city’s rapid growth is a challenge to the municipality to keep the city environmentally clean and safe, the official added.
“However, the municipality must tackle the challenge in such a manner that the level of cleanliness in the city is maintained at 100 percent always,” he said.
The city has witnessed a qualitative shift in the techniques of cleaning, he said.
Discarded garbage at spots other than garbage bins is noticeable at many locations. “But this practice is found in many other countries including advanced countries. A sense of cleanliness is related to the culture of the people,” the official said. He also urged people not to throw garbage from their cars onto the street.
“We must put all of our garbage in the municipal trash bins that can be found everywhere. If the bins are full, the waste should be put close to it without littering so that we can keep our city clean always," he said adding that it is the responsibility of the residents to help the municipality keep their neighborhoods clean.

The Color Run debuts in KSA’s Eastern Province

Updated 18 March 2019

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.


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.