Ethiopian propaganda video flayed

Updated 23 November 2013

Ethiopian propaganda video flayed

Saudi youth have denounced the fabricated video clip titled ‘Hell on Earth’ being circulated on social media by Ethiopian activists to tarnish the image of Saudi Arabia following its crackdown on illegals.
Illegal Ethiopians sought to portray a negative image of Saudi Arabia’s handling of the rioting perpetrated by them in Riyadh and Jeddah.
The Saudis posted photos of actual events that had taken place in recent days, reiterating how well Saudi forces handled the mob of illegals.
“What has been circulated by the Ethiopian activists online is false and was aimed at tarnishing the Saudi image,” one Saudi said.
Most of the events depicted in the Ethiopian video had taken place in countries like Lebanon and Yemen a few years ago, he said. “This shows that the video clip was concocted and has nothing to do with the truth.”
Saudi youth defended the crackdown, saying it is the Kingdom’s sovereign right to put an end to crimes and safeguard its security and stability.
To counteract the falsifications of the previous video, Saudis have circulated a new clip through YouTube showing Saudi forces helping Ethiopians. The Saudi video shows police distributing food and water among illegals at shelter camps.
Brig. Nasser Al-Qahtani, spokesman of the Riyadh police, said authorities had protected the rights of Ethiopians and their children by meeting their basic needs and spending up to SR200,000 daily. “We have also arranged 300 buses to transport illegals to the shelters. We have rented 90 rest houses to accommodate them and set up clinics for patients.”


On the go with Saudi Arabia’s first professionally trained cycling club

Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally. (Supplied)
Updated 30 November 2020

On the go with Saudi Arabia’s first professionally trained cycling club

  • Saudi Arabia’s female population is enjoying the new wave of opportunities to live a healthy lifestyle

RIYADH: As sports and other activities continue to gain popularity in Saudi Arabia, residents are seeking out exciting ways to get moving.
The Kingdom’s female population are enjoying the new wave of opportunities that have been made available to them in recent years to live a healthy lifestyle.
Hiking, outdoor yoga and football are all popular choices, but one less familiar pastime on the increase is cycling.
Events such as the annual Saudi Tour and the General Sports Authority’s highly successful all-women’s cycling race in Jeddah in 2018 have fostered a growing interest in the sport.
Studies have shown that cycling improves overall health, more specifically improving mental health, strengthening the immune system, promoting weight loss, reducing heart disease and cancer and more.
Riding a bike can be one of the easiest forms of returning to fitness when you are bouncing back from an injury or illness.

Doves Ride organizes rides for all levels, from the gentle trails suitable for beginners to the more challenging routes for hardened cyclists. The group offers lessons that can help any beginner ride a bike safely. (Supplied)

A group of bike enthusiasts from Riyadh intend to spread the word and make people more aware of the healthy advantages of cycling and the joy that can be had on the back of a bicycle.
Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally. Shahd Alturki, Doves Ride’s founder and a professional cycling trainer, spoke to Arab News about why she set up the team.

HIGHLIGHTS

• A group of bike enthusiasts from Riyadh intend to spread the word and make people more aware of the healthy advantages of cycling and the joy that can be had on the back of a bicycle.

• Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally.

• Riding a bike can be one of the easiest forms of returning to fitness when you are bouncing back from an injury or illness.

“I founded Doves Ride to create an environment for women and families where they could get into sports,” Alturki said.
Based in Riyadh, Doves Ride’s goal is to create an environment where Saudis can discover what biking is like and meet others with similar interests.
“The idea was to create a team that would motivate Saudi society to start biking, and to raise awareness in general about sport and movement. We also wanted to help teach Saudis to cycle by creating a program to teach people in all categories,” she said.
Doves Ride organizes rides for all levels, from the gentle trails suitable for beginners to the more challenging routes for hardened cyclists.
“We welcome participants at any level, whether they are looking for a long-term membership or just to try it out,” said Alturki.
She also spoke about the benefits of the sport and hopes to encourage people to try it out for themselves.
“Biking is more than just a fun sport; it raises your fitness levels and can also boost your mental health,” she said.
For the more hesitant, Alturki reassures them that she is well-equipped to train them and get them on the path to biking like a pro.
“We have bike-riding lessons for zero-experience learners, licensed by the British Cycling Federation. Children, men and women are all welcome to take them. These lessons can help any beginner ride a bike safely, and teaches them all the necessary skills and basics,” she said.
Doves Ride can be contacted via their Twitter or Instagram accounts, @dovesride.