British PM May welcomes coalition efforts to reopen Yemen ports for humanitarian assistance

Crown Prince Salman has affirmed ‘the keenness of the Kingdom and the coalition countries on the security and stability of Yemen, the safety of its people,’ among others. (Arab News)
Updated 21 December 2017

British PM May welcomes coalition efforts to reopen Yemen ports for humanitarian assistance

JEDDAH: British Prime Minister Theresa May has welcomed the steps being taken by the Saudi-led coalition to reopen ports to enable the humanitarian assistance to access the Yemeni people.
In a telephone conversation with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the British premier leader also reiterated the UK’s “welcoming of measures taken by the Coalition for supporting the legitimacy in Yemen.”
The Arab Coalition in Yemen said the Houthi-controlled Hodeidah port would remain open for a month, despite a failed missile attack on the Saudi capital last Tuesday, and noted it was keen “keen to maintain humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people.”
The British premier likewise stressed in her conversation with the crown prince “the need for continuing inspection procedures to prevent the smuggling of weapons and missiles to Yemeni territories and threatening the security and stability of neighboring countries and the region.”
American officials last week presented declassified documents to prove that Iran was violating international law by funneling missiles to Houthi militias in Yemen.
Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the UN, particularly presented segments of missiles that were launched toward Saudi Arabia from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen.
For his part, Crown Prince Salman affirmed “the keenness of the Kingdom and the coalition countries on the security and stability of Yemen, the safety of its people, the security of neighboring countries and providing all humanitarian aid and relief materials for the Yemeni people.”


Sunsilk’s Color Run returns to Riyadh

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