Jeddah Color Run ends in a sea of smiles

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The Color Run is a part of the General Entertainment Authority’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia and enrich the lifestyle of residents. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Color Run is a part of the General Entertainment Authority’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia and enrich the lifestyle of residents. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Color Run is a part of the General Entertainment Authority’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia and enrich the lifestyle of residents. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Color Run is a part of the General Entertainment Authority’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia and enrich the lifestyle of residents. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The Color Run is a part of the General Entertainment Authority’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia and enrich the lifestyle of residents. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 03 November 2019

Jeddah Color Run ends in a sea of smiles

  • More than 10,000 take part in the event on the shores of Jeddah

JEDDAH: The renowned Color Run, described as “the happiest race on the planet,” lived up to its name as it completed its last stop in Saudi Arabia on the shores of Jeddah on Saturday.

More than 10,000 smiling runners finished the event with each wearing a white T-shirt covered in green, yellow, orange and pink colors to mark each kilometer of the run. 

Entrants’ white shirts acted as a blank canvas to be filled with colors as participants ran toward a fitter and healthier life.

The colors brought back memories of home for Filipino expats living in the Kingdom.

“Every year this event is held in the Philippines,” said Roy Bucad, a 31-year-old Filipino expat. “It is a fun event we go to as friends. The fact that it was held in Jeddah is amazing. It looks very much like the one back home.” 

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  • The Color Run is a part of the General Entertainment Authority’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia.
  • The largest running series in the world, the Color Run has been experienced by over 7 million runners worldwide in more than 40 countries.

Another runner said: “The run was so happy and free. My favorite part was when they would splash you with color at the end of each stop.”

Arnel Garrido told Arab News: “I have been living in Saudi Arabia for six years which means I have been missing out on a lot. This event allowed me to be part of something everyone talked about.”

Almost 40,000 color runners took part in two events in the Kingdom with entrants running, jogging or strolling to the finish line.

Fitness coach Reham Kamal said she was delighted by the enjoyment on display at the event.

“These types of activities help families be more active and grow together because they are enjoyed by both children and adults,” she said. After the run a DJ had people dancing and jumping to music, throwing their colors in the air in unison. Even after covering 5km people were high on energy.

The Color Run is a part of the General Entertainment Authority’s (GEA) efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia and enrich the lifestyle of residents.

The run first took place in Alkhobar in March, which attracted more than 10,000 people. 

The largest running series in the world, the Color Run has been experienced by over 7 million runners worldwide in more than 40 countries.

Saudi Arabia is making efforts to stimulate investment in the entertainment sector and enhance economic activity to help achieve the strategic objectives of Vision 2030.

The GEA this year introduced entertainment seasons in each city and region and is encouraging local investors and small- and medium-sized businesses to participate.


Misk Initiatives Center signs 12 deals to develop youth talent

Updated 15 November 2019

Misk Initiatives Center signs 12 deals to develop youth talent

  • MoUs with top firms such as Chinese tech giant Huawei, French oil major Total open new opportunities

RIYADH: The Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Foundation Misk Initiatives Center has signed 12 memorandums of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh with local and international companies to support and develop youth talent.

Among the companies were the Chinese tech giant Huawei, the French oil firm Total, the Emirati Federal Youth Authority, and the Ministry of Economy and Planning.

The agreements stipulated joint work between the two parties in the fields of talent development in Saudi Arabia and information and communications technology, in accordance with the National Transformation Program 2020 and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

This initiative aims to find ways of cooperation and employment opportunities between the two parties.

The MoU signed between the center and the Emirati Federal Youth Authority provides for the enhancement of joint cooperation in support of youth. 

The two parties will seek to discuss future cooperation, to build a strategic partnership between the two parties in exploring potential cooperative opportunities and setting a framework for such cooperation, in addition to organizing the exchange of technologies and innovations through the joint organization of courses, forums and workshops.

The MoU aims at creating a specialized scientific dialogue between the two parties, conducting joint research at the institutes in the field of entrepreneurship and the skills of the future, considering launching joint initiatives, and examining the possibilities of cooperative programs based on the extensive experience of Misk and the Federal Youth Authority.

Misk’s Initiatives Center agreement with Total will promote joint cooperation, find training opportunities for Saudi talent at the company’s headquarters and facilities, and cooperate on educational programs that support entrepreneurship and an ecosystem for startup companies, especially in the fields of energy and technology.

The Misk Global Forum also witnessed the signing of a MoU with “Hub71” to promote learning and leadership among Saudi youth, and enhance opportunities for joint collaboration, in addition to two MoUs with 500 startups and seed stars “to promote joint cooperation between the two parties, to develop and grow the business of startups and provide them with the necessary
environment.”

Misk also signed a MoU with the Public Institution for Education and Global Leadership to promote joint cooperation and achieve the objectives of both sides, to support innovation initiatives that instill the entrepreneurial mindset of young people, as well as the establishment and organization of entrepreneurship approaches. 

Both parties agreed to focus on exploring potential collaborative opportunities related to the Entrepreneurship World Cup, and establish a competition with competitors coming from 170 countries.

Both parties also agreed to support international competitions aimed at identifying the best solutions in various fields and sectors, as well as exchanging programs on entrepreneurship and innovation.

The center has signed a MoU with the Saudi Industrial Development Fund to discuss the possibility of providing training programs and courses for the center’s employees of the Fund and the relevant authorities. In addition to discussing available opportunities for cooperative training within the Fund, and providing opportunities for participation and contribution of the Fund’s staff in Misk’s programs.

The MoU aims to explore the benefits of existing agreements between the two parties with international financial and educational institutions, in order to find opportunities that provide programs, training and educational courses, and granting cooperative trainings for Saudi youth in those global institutions.

The center also signed a MoU with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), aiming to enhance joint cooperation on educational technology and its integration into the educational systems in the Islamic world.

An MoU with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) will enhance the cooperation between the two parties in several initiatives, including academic development, training, entrepreneurship and innovation programs.

An MoU with Endeavor Saudi Arabia will support the Kingdom’s youth, enhance their talents and potential, stimulate economic growth, and find ways of cooperation between the two parties that serve their common interests.

The center’s MoU with the Ministry of Economy and Planning aims to spread awareness, provide new information on the education and training of human resources in the administrative and economic fields, youth empowerment, and coordinate efforts to raise their abilities.

The MoU aims to create cooperative training opportunities in local and international institutions with the purpose of workforce growth in the Kingdom’s economic sector, contributing to the development of national competencies in the economy, policies and procedures, strategic planning, in addition to providing job opportunities for graduates from areas that serve the interests of both parties and support the achievement of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.