Special Eid events draw 1.9m visitors to Riyadh
Special Eid events draw 1.9m visitors to Riyadh
“Festive events spread over the first three days of Eid Al-Fitr celebrations, organized at various locations across the capital, attracted more than 1.9 million visitors,” a Riyadh municipality official said on Tuesday.
The Riyadh Governorate, Ministry of Islamic Affairs and the Riyadh municipality collaborated on elaborate civil and security arrangements for the festivities to be enjoyed with utmost public safety.
Riyadh police made a comprehensive security plan for the festivities to ensure public safety at large and foiled a terror plan by Daesh cluster cells by intercepting their activities in an anti-terrorism sweep.
To make celebrations appealing and attractive, Riyadh municipality added six new event locations this year and authorities joined private partners to line up various colorful programs, entry for which was free.
These programs included folkloric dance and traditional cultural events at Dirah Mosque in which productive families participated. There were colorful fireworks at King Fahd Stadium, Malaz Stadium and two other locations across the capital; there were entertainment activities for families only in Hai Al-Jazirah; a poetry session at Hai Al-Nazeem and in the Mutanzah area; and a children’s theater in Hai-Hair.
Another attraction during the festivities was King Abdullah Park in Malaz with its main activities including folklore presentations from various regions, a children’s operetta, a laser light show, a dancing fountain show and visual presentations on a huge screen that attracted many families and visitors.
Moreover, the celebrations also witnessed an impressive line up of other activities that included sporting competitions such as car racing, for the youths at Hai Al-Qadsiya, which was successfully held for the 10th year in a row. This car and motorcycle championship titled “Break the Time Barrier” was held for vehicles every day in which a number of modified cars and motorcycles took part for three days and winners received awards.
Furthermore, there was an air show titled “Show Riyadh from the sky” organized on the airport road near exit 13.
Notably, the celebrations also included activities for people with special needs.
Besides these programs, King Abdul Aziz Historical Center organized a folklore tent at the historic national museum that included stand-up comedy and plays.
A folk bazaar showcasing folk products was also organized at King Abdul Aziz Manakh Garden on the south ring road.
“This was a gesture of sharing joy with Riyadh residents and visitors on the blessed occasion of Eid Al-Fitr through such festive and recreational events,” said the Riyadh municipality official.
For these special programs STC was the diamond partner; Mobily was golden partner; Samba, Saudi Aramco and Hyper Panda were silver partners; while Asharq Al-Awsat, Al-Eqtisadiah and Al-Riyadiah were among media partners.
Saudi Arabia ‘building bridges’ with space science, KACST chief tells Vienna forum
- Between 2000 and 2017, the Kingdom launched 13 Saudi satellites along with three other satellites for communication remote sensing and scientific experiment services.
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia took part on Wednesday in a UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna.
The Kingdom’s delegation was headed by Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed, president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). Saudi Arabia is an important member of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
In a speech to the conference, Prince Turki bin Saud said that the Kingdom has spared no effort to get and localize the best space sciences and techniques for use in vital fields, including education, health and management of water and natural resources, urban planning, environment surveillance, and telecommunications and satellite navigation.
The Kingdom has set a sustainable program for the satellite technology and applications that focuses on qualifying Saudi scholars, engineers and specialists, and developing infrastructure to support and sustain the country’s space industry.
Between 2000 and 2017, the Kingdom launched 13 Saudi satellites along with three other satellites for communication remote sensing and scientific experiment services. By the end of 2018, the Saudi Communication Satellite KA (SGS-1) that is being developed in cooperation with the US Lockheed Martin Company will be launched. This project includes an advanced qualification of Saudi cadres in the field of satellite designing, building and experimenting.
Prince Turki said the Kingdom established the first ground station in the region to obtain high-resolution images, operated by a center specializing in remote sensing technology in KACST. Two satellites will be launched this year, followed by other satellites in coming years to meet local needs.
He said: “Our space scientific missions in the future rely on the approach of small-scale satellite use, which contributes to achieving the low-cost scientific results in comparison with the current international missions. The Kingdom is seeking though its ambitious Vision 2030 and executive programs to build bridges of cooperation with the states that share the same interests of exploring the outer space for the common good of humankind.”
Prince Turki congratulated the Kingdom at the end of his speech on the 50th anniversary of the first UN Conference on Exploration and Peaceful Uses of the Outer Space. He praised the efforts of the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Committee and thanked the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, represented by its head Simonetta Di Pippo.