‘Back to School’ skills festival hailed a success in Saudi Arabia

The activities were designed to build children’s educational and scientific capacities and develop their physical and mental skills in a fun and entertaining way. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 05 September 2019

‘Back to School’ skills festival hailed a success in Saudi Arabia

  • The festival tested children through various games and challenges

JEDDAH: A Saudi festival aimed at boosting children’s educational and scientific skills in readiness for the new school year, has been hailed a success.
Organizers of the “Back to School” event held at the Red Sea Mall, a leading shopping and entertainment destination in Jeddah, said this year’s edition had offered a record amount of activities and seen increased retailer participation.
The fun and entertainment activities, staged in the mall’s fountain area and designed to appeal to children’s imaginations and dreams, included four sections, namely scientific experiments, physical activities, manual skills and discoveries.  
Shops supported the festival, which ran from Aug. 15 to 31, by offering prizes, gifts, and rewards. Every participating child was given a free meal, while their mothers received a complimentary massage and facial skincare session from a specialized outlet.
Red Sea Mall General Manager Al-Rayan Gaddouri said: “We were pleased to host the “Back to School” event. We believe in empowering children and promoting their skills for competition, discovery, and initiative-taking.
“The activities were designed to build children’s educational and scientific capacities and develop their physical and mental skills in a fun and entertaining way, helping them look forward to a new school year.”

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6m - More than 6 million public school students around the Kingdom went back to school on Sunday for the start of the academic year’s first term.

147m - The Education Ministry printed and distributed 147 million textbooks before the start of the term.

Omar Al-Maghazwi, Red Sea Mall marketing officer, thanked the retailers that took part in the festival and said: “Our common goal is to keep our shoppers and visitors entertained and develop children’s mental and physical abilities through modern scientific techniques and educational methods.”
The festival tested children through various games and challenges. The science section quizzed youngsters on chemistry and physics, while physical activities included fun and mental challenges featuring math and geometry.
Training workshops in the manual skills section invited children to use their imagination to make soap and candles and use salt, flour, water, wood, and other materials to create shapes and colors.
The discovery section introduced children to the world of plants, insects, and human anatomy, and provided health and medical information on dental care and the discovery of space through the use of astronomical tools.


Saudi-backed electric car breaks through 500 miles range barrier

Updated 12 August 2020

Saudi-backed electric car breaks through 500 miles range barrier

  • Lucid Motors announced independent range verification of 517 miles on a single charge for its forthcoming Lucid Air all-electric sedan

 

LONDON:A Saudi-backed electric vehicle has broken through the 500 mile range barrier from a single charge.
Lucid Motors, in which Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is a major investor, on Wednesday announced independent range verification of 517 miles on a single charge for its forthcoming Lucid Air all-electric sedan.
The results confirm that the Lucid Air is the longest range electric vehicle to date, the car maker said in a statement.
So-called “range anxiety,” where drivers fear being stranded without power in their cars, is a major factor for electric vehicle manufacturers in convincing people to make the switch from traditional gasoline-fueled vehicles.
“Range and efficiency are widely recognized as the most relevant proof points by which EV technical prowess is measured,” said Lucid Motors CEO Peter Rawlinson. “A few years ago we revealed our alpha prototypes of the Lucid Air and promised over 400 miles range; a reflection of our technology at that time. In the intervening period we have achieved a series of technological breakthroughs, culminating in an unsurpassed degree of energy efficiency.”
The PIF agreed a $1 billion investment deal with Lucid Motors two years ago to develop the car at a factory in Arizona.
The production version of the Lucid Air will debut in an online event on Sept. 9, 2020. In addition to the vehicle’s final interior and exterior designs, new details about production specifications, available configurations, and pricing information will also be shared.
Customer deliveries of the Lucid Air, which will be produced at Lucid’s new factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, will begin in early 2021.