Dakar Village opens on Jeddah Corniche ahead world's toughest race across Saudi Arabia

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Dakar Saudi Arabia 2020 runs from Jan. 5 to 17, and will feature pilots from 62 countries, including 47 of whom have taken on the Dakar challenge at least 10 times in their careers. (Supplied)
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Dakar Saudi Arabia 2020 runs from Jan. 5 to 17, and will feature pilots from 62 countries, including 47 of whom have taken on the Dakar challenge at least 10 times in their careers. (Supplied)
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Dakar Saudi Arabia 2020 runs from Jan. 5 to 17, and will feature pilots from 62 countries, including 47 of whom have taken on the Dakar challenge at least 10 times in their careers. (Supplied)
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Updated 02 January 2020

Dakar Village opens on Jeddah Corniche ahead world's toughest race across Saudi Arabia

  • The three-day motorsport-themed event will host Dakar Saudi Arabia 2020’s opening concert
  • A museum featuring visual and photographic exhibits that showcases the history of the world’s most challenging race also open

JEDDAH: The Dakar Village opened on the Jeddah corniche on Thursday ahead of the much-anticipated start of Dakar Saudi Arabia 2020 on 5 January.

The three-day motorsport-themed event will host Dakar Saudi Arabia 2020’s opening concert on 4 January, which will feature music performances by local DJs as well as acrobatic shows and circus acts by Kitonb. Drivers competing at the race will also officially present their vehicles to the crowd at Dakar Village.

Additional motoring attractions include the Red Bull freestyle motocross show, which will run four times a day.

A series of freestyle motocross shows will be performed four times a day as well as a stunt show presented by Red Bull. Children and families can enjoy the activities at the village, with pedal car races, little mechanic stops and virtual reality all contributing to the fun.

Discover Dakar, a museum featuring visual and photographic exhibits that showcases the history of the world’s most challenging race throughout its 42 years, will also feature at the village. It will also introduce fans to the desert, terrain, culture and people of Saudi Arabia.

There will also be a live DJ performance at Dakar Village as fans gear up for the 13-day adventure that runs until 17 January through more than 7500 kilometers of uncharted desert.

The village will also include Discover Dakar, a museum featuring visual and photographic exhibits that showcase the history of the world’s most challenging race throughout its 42 years, while introducing fans to the desert, terrain, culture and people of Saudi Arabia.

Dakar Saudi Arabia 2020 runs from Jan. 5 to 17, and will feature pilots from 62 countries, including 47 of whom have taken on the Dakar challenge at least 10 times in their careers. The Kingdom’s desert will also be the stage for the first Dakar venture for 85 competitors.


Saudi passport directorate expands e-services through Absher

Saudi passport office said that the services will promote e-transactions and make it easier for people to get in touch with officials. (SPA)
Updated 01 April 2020

Saudi passport directorate expands e-services through Absher

  • Saudi Arabia’s information and communications technology sector makes up 4 percent of the Saudi gross domestic product

RIYADH: The Saudi General Directorate of Passports is offering a “messages and applications” service to people through the Absher online platform.
Beneficiaries can use the service by logging into their account on Absher, choosing the “My Services” option, general services, messages and applications, then clicking on the “General Directorate of Passports” link and selecting the required service from a list including “identification of residents, visas, transfer of information, transfer of information and change of profession, suggestions.” After writing their message, they simply click the “send” button.
The passport office said that the services will promote e-transactions and make it easier for people to get in touch with officials at the directorate to discuss their problems.
The Kingdom’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector makes up 4 percent of the Saudi gross domestic product.
The sector has experienced significant regulatory change, expressed across several public- and private-sector investment drives since the launch of Vision 2030.
Saudi Arabia is also the region’s largest ICT market, ranking 13th globally, with a value of $28.7 billion (SR107 billion) in 2019 and strong growth in both the consumer and enterprise segments.