Riyadh to host forum on terrorism and extremism

Updated 14 May 2017

Riyadh to host forum on terrorism and extremism

RIYADH: The city will host a forum on terrorism and extremism on May 21 under the sponsorship of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT), the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
The event is organized by the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS).
Saud Al-Sarhan, secretary-general of the KFCRIS, said the forum comes within the high-level global and political events in Riyadh during this month.
The event will draw local and global experts who will explore the nature and types of terrorism, its future perception, the role of social media on terrorism and how to deal with it regionally, he said.
The Kingdom has exploited its political, security, economic and social potentials to have a leading role in fight against terrorism where the Riyadh forum comes to enhance this role at regional and global levels, he said.
The forum will also feature four panel discussions focusing on finding possible mechanisms to deal with terrorism, which poses the most critical challenges not only to the Islamic world but globally.
The panel discussions aim to explore four major themes: The future perception of terrorism, extremism on the Internet and social media, the linkage between terrorism and corruption, and finding mechanism in fight against terror and extremism in the Middle East.
Established in 1983, the KFCRIS serves several functions that go in line with the vision of King Faisal Foundation.
The Center aims to support and develop research and studies that spread King Faisal’s vision and expand knowledge on topics such as Islamic studies, politics, sociology and heritage.
The KFCRIS maintains cooperation with research institutions in many countries of the world and keeps relationships with a number of researchers in various areas in Saudi Arabia and the world at large.
The 34-state Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT), which will sponsor the event, was announced by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Dec. 15, 2015.


Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

Updated 42 min 50 sec ago

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.

 

GEA president Turki Al-Sheikh gave an opening speech: “Our dearest people, in the beginning of this season, we welcome you and our guests in Riyadh.

“I want to share a story with you all; once upon a time, I was from a middle-class family. My mother and father would gather both their salaries to have us travel to see the world, and then we would stay in Riyadh for a year. These were our capabilities (at the time) and there was nothing to do in Riyadh. Who would've thought that we’d see all of this in Riyadh, and in our beloved country?

“This wouldn't have been possible without -of course Allah first- a person who has the qualities and vision of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”

He tweeted: “Riyadh traffic police estimated we have exceeded 600K which means ten times the capacity.”

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 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.

The parade had a special surprise; the appearance of DJ Carnage who took to the stage dressed in complete Saudi attire and performed his successful electronic show.

The musician also took to Twitter to celebrate the night and how he had had a hand in “making history,” tweeting: “A huge thank you to @Turki_alalshikh  ..... what you did for your country last night... was so special... thank you for having me... we made history.”