Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award for Translation celebrates winners in Germany

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Updated 12 October 2012
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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award for Translation celebrates winners in Germany

Berlin: In the presence of Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Award for Translation, and Mayor of Berlin Claus Wowereit, a handing-over ceremony of the Award in its fifth year was held Monday in Berlin.
Addressing the ceremony, Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz said that this ceremony resulted from close friendly relations between Saudi Arabia and Germany and joint keenness of the two leaderships to achieve continuous progress of bilateral relations between the two friendly countries as well as effective coordination about common issues.
The Prince conveyed to the audience the greetings of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his great appreciation of the Federal Republic of Germany and its role in enriching translation movement and human cultural dialogue, adding, ‘ The King has given special attention to this global award and its development which keeps abreast with his human initiative for dialogue among followers of religions and cultures, and promotes dialogue among civilizations according to various knowledge frameworks which are open toward more rapprochement and understanding to serve a culture of peace emanating from complete belief in the importance of translation in achieving rapprochement between peoples.
The Prince noted that the award is one of the bridges of intellectual and cultural communication between the world cultures, and aims to disseminate knowledge to promote the principles of mutual understanding and common human values for a bright future for this generation and future generations. He stressed the Kingdom’s welcome of all hands extended for tolerance and dialogue and its seeking for stability in all fields which yield fruitful results for the development of peoples.
In his speech, the Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit expressed his happiness over hosting the award in Berlin for honoring translators who embody the creativity of authors and transfer it to other civilizations.
He praised what he saw during his visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last March and the development of the Kingdom in various fields, noting that a large economic conference to increase Saudi-German cooperation in the field of energy and health will be organized.
The Mayor also commended the positive impact on the German people through the Exhibition of Saudi Archaeological Masterpieces Through the Ages held in Berlin Museum which shed light on the Kingdom’s history.
For his part, Adviser at the Royal Court, General Supervisor of King Abdulaziz Public Library and Member of the Award’s Board of Trustees Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar expressed in his speech his thanks to and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his patronage of the projects of King Abdulaziz Public Library, especially this international award; also thanking Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for patronizing this meeting and supporting its activities.
Then prizes were handed over to the winners of the Award for translation from different languages.
The ceremony was attended by Saudi Ambassador to Germany Dr. Osama Shobokshi and a number of German senior officials.


Saudi Arabia ‘racing into the future’ with Formula E

Updated 15 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia ‘racing into the future’ with Formula E

  • A first for Saudi Arabia and the region, the event’s magnitude reflects the Kingdom’s goal of hosting major events and promoting them domestically and globally
  • “This is unprecedented and fabulous,” one concert-goer said. Another said: “I can’t believe I’m in Saudi Arabia.” 

RIYADH: Formula E is one for the books. Attracting fans from all over the world, the mega event — held in the historic Saudi town of Ad Diriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site — is set to revolutionize motorsports by using only electric race cars. 

Officially known as the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the race expects to draw 40,000 attendees, with access not only to the race but also to the Kingdom’s largest ever festival for music, entertainment and cultural activities.

A first for Saudi Arabia and the region, the event’s magnitude reflects the Kingdom’s goal of hosting major events and promoting them domestically and globally.

A milestone was marked as Bandar Alesayi and Ahmed bin Khanen became the first Saudi I-Pace eTrophy racers, sponsored by the General Sports Authority (GSA). 

Both drivers predict increased grassroots support in the Kingdom for youths to train in carting and race-car driving.  

At 1.76 miles long with 21 corners, the track is somewhat tricky for first-time Formula E drivers.

“The system is like Mario Bros when they get the little star and go faster,” said Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag. The new electric circuit in Saudi Arabia has been hailed as one of the best Formula E tracks.

The three-day event is hosting some of the world’s top singers, including Jason Derulo, Enrique Iglesias, Amr Diab, Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta and One Republic, along with DJ EJ. 

“This is unprecedented and fabulous,” one concert-goer said. Another said: “I can’t believe I’m in Saudi Arabia.” 

Outside the venue, Al-Bujairy, one of Ad Diriyah’s historic areas, hosts high-end restaurants, cafes and local designer outlets overlooking the historic district of At-Turaif, which was once home to the Saudi royal family and has newly opened for visitors.

Another area of interest is the Family Zone, with many events and activities to entertain all age groups. Men, women and children are given different driving experiences.

In Ad Diriyah’s Formula E, only one car is allowed per driver instead of two, making pit stops more crucial in terms of timing.  

“Attack mode” gives cars a temporary power boost from 200 to 225 kilowatts, equivalent to 268-302 horsepower. Drivers need to move to a certain area on the track to activate this mode.

“Saudi Arabia is racing into the future with Formula E, as we open the Kingdom to the world in a transformation that’s being supercharged by the Vision 2030 plan, driven forward by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal Al-Saud, vice-chair of the Saudi Arabian General Sports Authority, told Arab News.