Special day delights orphans, special needs children

Updated 13 November 2012
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Special day delights orphans, special needs children

JEDDAH: The world’s tallest man and the world’s shortest man joined more than 250 children with special needs for a family fun day at the Aramco compound in Jeddah last Thursday.
The children, including orphans from the region, were guests of organizers Saudi Aramco who hosted the event with the cooperation of the Ministry of Health and children’s charities. The organizers made sure there were lots of fun-filled activities to suit all ages and abilities. These included arts and craft competition, tele-matches, quizzes, face painting, a bazaar, live entertainment, Hijazi dance and storytellers and every child’s favorite, the bouncy castle.
Esa Al-Gharni, fun day organizer, said it was a great opportunity for families and children to meet. “We arranged this day especially for orphans and children with special needs to include them in society, make them feel they can participate in any event or function like any other child. We also invited the families of Aramco employees to join in the fun.”
Rahma Karbi, organizer of the children’s art workshop told Arab News she combined therapy with fun activities. “We teach children who have difficulty grasping, how to hold the brush to paint clay shapes.”
The children were clambering to have their photograph taken with the tallest man, Ghulam Shabir, and Qamar Ali, the shortest man. The two men told Arab News they were delighted to visit the Kingdom and were especially pleased to be invited to join in family fun day.
Shabir said he believes all people should love and respect each other and people should teach children to respect and care for those who need the attention, love and care of society.
“I have visited 95 countries of the world but I like Saudi Arabia the most, especially Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah, where I performed Haj this year. I wish I could stay here forever,” he said.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

Updated 55 min 13 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize on Wednesday the launch of the “Qiddiya” Project which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the Kingdom.
The project will be built in Al-Giddiya area, some 40 km west of the capital, Riyadh.
The foundation stone ceremony of will be attended by a host of local and international officials, as well as a number of decision-makers, major investors and representatives of the regional and international companies, marking the launch of the project’s formal infrastructure. The first phase will be completed by 2022.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Tounsi, Secretary General of the Foundation Council of the Qiddiya Project of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) said that the inauguration of this vital project is a real translation of the aspirations of the Kingdom’s wise leadership and its relentless efforts to develop mega projects that would contribute effectively to achieve many direct and indirect economic returns, and to advance sustainable development for the benefit of the homeland and the citizen, in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
“About two-thirds of the Kingdom’s population is under the age of 35. There is a great need for Qiddiya Project to provide them with entertainment. The project will save about $30 billion, which will be used to develop the domestic economy and create new job opportunities for Saudi youths,” he added.
For his part, Michael Reininger, Chief Executive of Qiddiya, said, “we are delighted to be a key contributor to boost the Kingdom’s economic development and investment, not only for the entertainment industry but also to projects that will develop the capabilities the young Saudi people.”