UNHCR to hold meeting on MENA child refugees

Updated 21 August 2014

UNHCR to hold meeting on MENA child refugees

The United Nation High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) will hold a regional conference under the slogan “investing in the future” to protect child refugees and teens from war-torn regions, on Oct. 15 and 16 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
The event, which will see the participation of over 300 leaders, government officials and regional and international experts involved in refugee affairs and child protection in war zones, will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Sultan Al-Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and ruler of Sharjah, and Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al-Qasimi, wife of the ruler of Sharjah and UNHCR eminent advocate for refugee children.
The conference will discuss ways of protecting refugee children and adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
António Guterres of the UNHCR said that this conference comes at a crucial time.
“Children currently constitute more than half of refugees in the region,” he said. “The impact of displacement is immense on these children’s childhood.
As such, the aim of this event is not only to determine how we can work together to better protect refugee children and adolescents today.


Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

Updated 18 October 2019

Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

  • The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date

RIYADH: More than 1,500 performers and 25 floats took part in a parade and carnival on Thursday night that officially launched Riyadh Season’s Boulevard zone. The crowds that gathered for the fun-packed event were also treated to motorcycle displays, fireworks and other surprises.

The Boulevard lit up at 9 p.m. for the start of the 90-minute event, which featured some of the international artists who will perform as part of Riyadh Season. Afterwards, the zone’s food and drink outlets, outdoor cinema and fountain shows officially opened.

The audience watched the parade, performances and displays from specially constructed stands. Food trucks offered a selection of tasty snacks, and organizers also provided prayer rooms, toilets, first-aid stations and other facilities.



In addition to the opening-night festivities, the Boulevard zone, which covers 400,000 square meters, will host a wide range of entertainment options and activities for all ages, including the outdoor cinema, restaurants, and sports, music and theatrical events. It has three main venues: The 22,000-seat Mohammed Abdu Theater, the 6,000-seat Abu Bakr Salem Theater, and the 2,000-seat Baker Al-Sheddi Theater.

The parade is just one of more than 100 events featuring local, regional and international performers taking place during the Riyadh Season festival, which continues until mid-December at 12 zones across the city: the Boulevard; the Front; Riyadh Car Show; Winter Wonderland; Riyadh Stadiums; the Diplomatic Quarter; Al-Muraba’a; Al-Malaz; Wadi Namar; Nabd Al-Riyadh; Riyadh Safari; and Riyadh Sahara. It has been organized with the support of Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority and president of Riyadh Season.

The audience watched the parade from specially built stands. (Supplied)

 

The ambitious 2019 Saudi Seasons initiative, the first of its kind in the region, was launched in February and includes 11 local seasons covering most parts of the Kingdom. Designed to promote the fledgling Saudi entertainment sector and boost tourism, it is attracting some of the biggest names in world entertainment.

The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date. It follows a folklore parade at the Mawtni (My Nation) cultural event in Yanbu to mark Saudi National Day this year, and a parade during the Jeddah Season festivities in the city’s Obhur district.