King invites Iran president for summit in Makkah

Updated 12 August 2012
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King invites Iran president for summit in Makkah

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday sent an invitation to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to attend the emergency Islamic summit in Makkah on Aug. 14-15.
Saudi Ambassador to Iran Muhammad Al-Kilabi handed the invitation to Rahim Mashani, director of the president’s office, during a meeting in Tehran yesterday.
Saudi Arabia has stepped up preparations for the summit, which was called by King Abdullah to strengthen Islamic unity and solidarity.
“We have made all arrangements to make this summit a big success,” said Muhammad bin Ahmed Tayeb, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s office in Makkah province.
Speaking to Arab News, he said invitations had been sent to leaders of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to attend the conference. He said OIC foreign ministers would meet on Aug. 13 after a preparatory meeting of senior officials.
“Strengthening the unity and solidarity of the Islamic Ummah is the summit’s main agenda,” the Saudi diplomat said.
The summit comes in the wake of increasing political challenges that demand more cohesive and solid actions from the Islamic world.
OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said the tragic situation in Syria and the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar would figure high on the summit’s agenda.

 


Fun in the family zone at Ad Diriyah E-Prix ​

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Fun in the family zone at Ad Diriyah E-Prix ​

  • On offer were physically challenging activities such as a zipline, a net climbing wall, and a horse corral for the younger kids
  • At the heart of the park was an area dedicated to local artists and vendors, with everything from traditional foods to handmade soaps to artwork and clothing on display

RIYADH: A horse corral, a maze and a virtual reality biking station were some of the attractions on offer at the family zone at the E-Prix event being held at the Ad Diriyah UNESCO world heritage site near the capital Riyadh.
The event, which culminates Saturday with Formula E Championship street racing, is the first of its kind to be held in the region. 
It brings together world class entertainment — from artists including David Guetta and Amr Diab — and cultural activities.



“The amount of effort that must have gone into setting this up is extraordinary,” said visitor Abla Qanaq. “The variety of options is almost overwhelming. I’m not even sure where I want to start.”
People in the VIP Hospitality Section had the opportunity to ride camels, sample local staples of dates and Arabic coffee, and experience local customs such as traditional wedding marches.
“I’m glad they realized the importance of including a local touch in an event like this,” said visitor Alaa Al Dawsari. “Especially with so many foreigners coming from all over the world. It’s amazing that we were able to present Saudi Arabia like this.”
The family zone also featured an area dedicated to local artisans and vendors, with everything from traditional food to handmade soap and clothing on display. The Al Bujairi section hosts exhibitions and live music.