King Khalid awards go to development projects

Updated 20 November 2015
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King Khalid awards go to development projects

RIYADH: The winners of the King Khalid Awards were announced here ON Thursday. They included several organizations and individuals operating nonprofit development projects across the country.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman will hand out the prizes worth SR1.5 million on Dec. 8 at a gala event in the capital, according to Asir Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khalid, chairman of the awards committee.
At a press conference here on Thursday, Prince Faisal said the awards honored Saudi citizens involved in initiatives to build their communities. He said Abeer Abdul Aziz Al-Nuwaiser won by 61 percent of votes to take first place for her development project “Mawakib Al-Ajr.”
Second place went to Ahmed Zayed Al-Maliki for his initiative to help people with disabilities find jobs. He received 22 percent of the votes. He runs a website that matches firms with those seeking jobs.
Saud bin Hamad Al-Dubayan received 17 percent of votes for third place for his online awareness initiative that publishes Arabic articles and videos in several scientific disciplines.
According to Prince Faisal, the first place winner in the development section, with a prize of SR500,000 went to Al-Bir Society in Al-Ahsa, which offers health and special needs services for 35,000 people.
The second place winner of SR300,000 went to the Charitable Society for the Care of Orphans in the Eastern Province serving 2,379 beneficiaries; and third place, winning SR200,000, went to Majed bin Abdulaziz Society for Development and Social Services in Jeddah, serving 1,484 people.
According to Prince Faisal, two employees working for the winner in this category would get fully paid scholarships on leadership and management development for nonprofit organizations.
The winners of the category for best sustainable development practices and social responsibility, were in first place Binzagr Unilever Limited (Saudi Arabia), a nonprofit facility operating in the field of consumer products to reduce the impact of production and consumption on the environment.
Second place went to Saudi Investment Bank, while third place was shared by Saudi Arabia Fertilizers Company, Special Direction, and the Middle East Company for Paper Industry.
Prince Faisal said that the aim of the awards was to support individuals and organizations that were doing innovative work to develop the country across a wide range of sectors.


Huge free bus service to speed fans to the 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix action

Updated 11 December 2018
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Huge free bus service to speed fans to the 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix action

  • Multiple pick-up points around the city, at malls and hotels, with easy access to Ad Diriyah so ticket holders can relax and leave the car at home

RIYADH: One of the biggest free ‘Park & Ride’ public shuttle bus systems Saudi Arabia has ever laid on for an event will swing into action for the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E Prix, which gets underway this week.
The festival of Formula E racing, entertainment, international music acts and cultural activities starts on at 4pm Thursday December 13, at the stunning UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah on the outskirts of Riyadh.
Plus, on the evening of December 13, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo will kick off the first of three incredible nights of music concerts for Formula E ticket holders. The following day, December 14, Arab music legend Amr Diab and globally-renowned pop band Black Eyed Peas will delight the audience. And, on December 15, race day, following the exhilarating 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E Prix, US smash hit OneRepublic and superstar DJ/producer David Guetta will bring the event to an electrifying finale.
Only fans holding tickets will be able to access the entire Ad Diriyah site including the race track, the concert arena and the complimentary concerts and the 180,000 sq m Allianz E Village.
So, with thousands set to descend on the site, officials are ensuring that fans can race to the action, with a huge network of free buses created to cut down on traffic and embrace more sustainable transport alternatives in keeping with Formula E’s message.

Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal Al-Saud, President of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, said: “Saudi Arabia is on a journey toward sustainability and Formula E’s message of renewable energy and working to minimize its environmental footprint is inspiring and important.
“We want Formula E to electrify and inspire the next generation of Saudis to embrace sustainable forms of transport.
“That’s why, in keeping with other Formula E races around the world, we’ll be encouraging ticket holders to take advantage of the ‘Park & Ride’. Cars trying to get to Ad Diriyah without specific access will not have access and will be directed to use the public ‘Park & Ride’. So, relax, leave the car at home, and leave the driving to us.
“Our partnership with Formula E is for the next decade and this is one small step we can take together. At SAMF we are committed to improving driving standards and driving conditions and encouraging responsible driving.”
Single day and three-day Grandstand ticket holders can benefit from a ‘Park & Ride’ service, which will operate from King Saud University, with space for up to 7,000 cars.
Plus, shuttle buses will operate a ‘City Park & Ride’ network from a number of locations across Riyadh with pick-up points at Al Faisaliah, Narcissus Hotel, the Hyatt Regency, Four Seasons, Fraser Suites, Holiday Inn Al Meydan, Holiday Inn Olaya, Aloft hotel, Burj Rafal Kempinski Hotel, Sheraton Riyadh Hotel, Executive KAFD Hotel, Movenpick Riyadh Hotel, Marriott King Saud Rd Hotel, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Panorama Mall and Riyadh Park Mall.
On each day it will begin operating an hour before Ad Diriyah opens. Shuttles start 3pm on Thursday (ahead of venue opening at 4pm), 1pm on Friday (venue opens 2pm) and finally 9am on Saturday (race day, venue opens 10am).
Uber, Careems or official taxis will be directed to a ‘drop off’ area in the general parking area.
Drivers without the official Formula E parking pass will not have access to Ad Diriyah and will be directed to use the public ‘Park & Ride’
If you are a Grandstand ticket holder, whether a single day or a three-day ticket holder, you need to purchase three tickets to qualify for one parking pass.
For every three Grandstand tickets purchased the buyer gets one pass into the general parking area.
If no parking pass, then you must use the ‘Park & Ride’.
Tickets are on sale here and are also available at Point of Sale units at Riyadh Park Mall, Oud Square and Doos Carting (only Grandstand tickets from Doos) and Seven Car Lounge.