M.J. Akbar leads Indian government’s Hajj Goodwill Mission

India’s Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar with Ambassador Ahmad Javed in Mina on Wednesday. (AN photo)
Updated 31 August 2017

M.J. Akbar leads Indian government’s Hajj Goodwill Mission

JEDDAH: Nearly 200,000 Indians are performing Hajj this year. Of that number, 170,000 have come from India through the Hajj Committee of India (HCI).
The remaining Indian pilgrims have undertaken the journey from within Saudi Arabia.This year, the Government of India’s Hajj Goodwill Delegation is being led by Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar. He arrived in Mina on Wednesday afternoon.
“I am deeply grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sending me on his Hajj goodwill mission,” M.J. Akbar wrote on his official Twitter account.
Excellent arrangements have been made for all pilgrims and the Indian diplomatic mission staff has gone the extra mile to ensure that all comfort and facilities are provided to the pilgrims.
Indian Ambassador Ahmad Javed told journalists on Wednesday that the movement of Indian pilgrims from Makkah to Mina went according to plan.
“Our pilgrims were provided with air-conditioned buses for their travel from Makkah to Mina,” he said.
Once in Mina, the pilgrims were taken to their respective tents where they engaged in prayers and supplications.
The ambassador praised the Saudi authorities for the excellent arrangements.
The Indian minister called on Saudi Hajj Minister Dr. Muhammad Saleh Binten in Makkah in a formal visit on Tuesday.
The selection of M.J. Akbar, a high-profile minister in the Narendra Modi government, has sent strong signals of the deep attachment that
India has for its relationship with Saudi Arabia.
The Indian mission, led by Ambassador Ahmad Javed, includes Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh and Hajj Consul Shahid Alam.


Sunsilk’s Color Run returns to Riyadh

‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’ is set to turn Riyadh colorful on Oct. 26. (Photos/Supplied)
Updated 16 October 2019

Sunsilk’s Color Run returns to Riyadh

  • The General Entertainment Authority is bringing The Color Run back to the Kingdom following the success of the Alkhobar event

RIYADH: The Color Run presented by Sunsilk is returning to Saudi Arabia! The countdown to “The Happiest 5k on the Planet” is on, with The Color Run bursting onto the streets of Riyadh on Oct. 26.
The event is part of the GEA’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia. The Color Run — now the largest running series in the world — will be making its vibrant return to the Kingdom’s two biggest cities, with over 15,000 expected to participate in each location.
The Riyadh event follows the Kingdom’s extremely popular inaugural Color Run, which took place in Alkhobar in March and saw over 10,000 people run, jog, walk and skip their way along the 5 km course.
To date, The Color Run has been hosted in more than 40 countries with over 7 million runners participating in the event. It is untimed and sees thousands of participants covered from head to toe in an array of different colors throughout the course before collecting their medals at the finish line. The only rule is that those taking part must cross the finish line covered in color and have fun while doing it!
The non-competitive run is not only an opportunity to create perfect memories — and Instagram posts — but also serves as a celebration of health, happiness and individuality. The GEA, a core pillar under the Saudi government, is supporting the event as part of its continued efforts to enrich the lifestyle of residents as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plans and in line with the nation’s Quality of Life Program 2020.
The first of the upcoming events will be hosted as part of Riyadh Season, considered to be the biggest entertainment event in the capital city, with activities catering to sports, music, theater, fashion and much more.

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Tickets available at ksa.thecolorrun.com, children go free!

Ahmed Al-Mehmadi, executive director of communications at the GEA said: “We are thrilled to be bringing The Color Run presented by Sunsilk to Riyadh. We witnessed an incredible turnout in Alkhobar and we have every confidence this event will attract even more people who want to engage in a healthy activity that combines fun and exercise. Its vibrancy matches the aims of the GEA and the Quality of Life Program 2020 objectives to support and create new options that boost participation across cultural, entertainment and sports activities.”
Kristen Biegler, spokesperson for The Color Run said: “Since its inception in 2012, The Color Run has had become a global phenomenon, and we are very excited to be returning to Saudi Arabia. The response in Alkhobar was truly amazing and we are extremely excited to bring ‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’ to Riyadh. Our top rule is that everyone has fun — it is up to you whether you run, jog, walk or even skip your way to the finish line.”
Once the 5 km is over, the fun will continue at the Finish Festival, a larger-than-life celebration equipped with music, dance-offs, fun and games and massive color throws, which create millions of vivid color combinations!