Princess Haifa bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin presents credentials to UNESCO Director General in Paris

Princess Haifa bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin presents her credentials to UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay in Paris. (SPA)
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Updated 11 March 2020

Princess Haifa bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin presents credentials to UNESCO Director General in Paris

  • Princess Haifa stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation with UNESCO in all fields to promote peace and harmony between people of different cultures

PARIS: Princess Haifa bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin on Tuesday presented her credentials as the permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO to Directer General Audrey Azoulay in Paris.
During the meeting, they reviewed the Kingdom’s contribution to UNESCO’s various initiatives.
Princess Haifa stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation with UNESCO in all fields to promote peace and harmony between people of different cultures.
Before her current role, she served as the assistant undersecretary for sustainable development affairs in the Ministry of Economy and Planning, in addition to being the assistant undersecretary for G20 affairs within the same ministry.
She also served as a lecturer at the prestigious King Saud University in Riyadh and for the UN Development Program, where she worked for several years on programs focused on social development and human rights.


Better in the long run: 2,600 join Saudi 10-day marathon

Updated 13 August 2020

Better in the long run: 2,600 join Saudi 10-day marathon

  • At least 40 nationalities were represented in all age groups

JEDDAH: More than 2,600 people took part in a 10-day walking and running marathon in the Kingdom, reaching a combined distance of more than 448,000 km.
At least 40 nationalities were represented in all age groups.
The Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) launched the “Step Together” initiative as part of a series of competitive walk-runs. The SFA event, the first since lockdown restrictions were eased, took place from July 17-26. About 30 para-athletes joined the competition, making it a hallmark achievement for SFA inclusivity.
Tahani Ibrahem, a 29-year-old Saudi participant, said her Eastern Flames football club training encouraged her to join the marathon.
“I joined one other marathon in 2019 and won fourth place. I’ve loved running since I was a teenager,” she told Arab News.
Ibrahem said that she was happy that para-athletes included in the marathon and praised the SFA for giving people and communities a chance to unite for one goal.
“They are just like us. Disability is something of the mind, not the body,” she said.
Ibrahem completed 42 km in the 10-day marathon, spending five hours a day walking and running.
“We were thrilled to see such high registration numbers for our first ‘Step Together’ event,” said Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, the SFA president.
“The diversity of participants for the first in the walk-run series was important to us. We recruited all ages and abilities for this event and are delighted that they made it their own. It truly was ‘Sports for All’ as we had many children and seniors take part, and we were proud to have a number of disabled competitors,” he said.
Those who met the distance goals were awarded with medals and e-certificates of the achievement. In the 21.1 km event, the fastest time was recorded by Mohammed Ayyash (1hr 11min 5sec), followed by Waleed Homidan (1hr 11min 59sec) and in third place, Osama Ayyash (1hr 23min 5sec).
Ronel Wienand, competing with the Riyadh Road Runners, was the fastest woman, completed the half marathon in 1hr 58min 7sec.