50 research papers up for presentation in Madinah scientific forum

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman speaks at the 19th Scientific Forum of Hajj, Umrah and Visit Research. (SPA)
Updated 07 March 2019

50 research papers up for presentation in Madinah scientific forum

JEDDAH: Madinah’s governor, Prince Faisal bin Salman, opened the Scientific Forum of Hajj, Umrah and Visit Research at the Grand Hall of Taibah University on Thursday. 

In its 19th edition, the forum is organized by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute of Hajj and Umrah Research at Umm Al-Qura University, in partnership with Taibah University. 

More than 30 governmental, nongovernmental and charitable authorities took part in the forum.

Prince Faisal said: “The Hajj, Umrah and Visit journey is a religious duty in Makkah, a desire in Madinah, and at the same time, a historical and cultural journey. The many sites of Islamic history in Saudi Arabia are a great gift from God.” 

Prince Faisal said budgets had been agreed by the regional secretariat and Hajj Ministry through the “Hajj Guests” program and the Madinah Regional Development Authority, to develop historical Muslim sites to educate pilgrims on Islamic history.

He noted that according to statistics, 90 percent of foreign pilgrims wish to visit Madinah, noting that the state was fulfilling its duty by providing comfort and safety to visitors.

He also thanked the institute for its efforts and cooperation, and Umm Al-Qura University for organizing the forum which alternates annually between Makkah and Madinah. 

Dr. Sami Barahmin, dean of the Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Umrah Research, said the forum gave a chance to researchers, specialists, officials and workers in the Hajj, Umrah and Visit fields to showcase the results of their studies and expertise, to better serve pilgrims and other visitors.

This year the committee received 220 research paper submissions from academics and departments. After arbitration, 50 were chosen along with 40 working papers documenting the initiatives, accomplishments and experiences of charitable, governmental and nongovernmental authorities connected to the Hajj and Umrah.

The institute also signed six cooperation agreements on the sidelines of the forum with a number of other universities and institutes, Barahmin said, that would aid cooperation in various research projects on the Hajj and Umrah.


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.
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!