Saudi Embassy in South Africa holds G20 reception

Trudi Makhaya (left), economic adviser to South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa, was among those who attended the reception hosted by  Saudi Ambassador Sultan Al-Anqari in Pretoria. (right). (SPA photo)
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Updated 17 October 2020

Saudi Embassy in South Africa holds G20 reception

The Saudi ambassador to South Africa, Sultan Al-Anqari, held a reception on Saturday in the capital, Pretoria, followed by a working lunch on the occasion of the Kingdom’s assumption of the G20 presidency and the approaching G20 Summit in November.

In a speech, Al-Anqari emphasized the Kingdom’s leading role during its presidency of the G20, despite the difficult circumstances imposed by the coronavirus disease pandemic.

He pointed out that the pandemic had not prevented the Kingdom from playing its global role in facing this crisis.

“The Kingdom called for an extraordinary G20 summit, presided over by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, to coordinate international efforts to reduce the pandemic’s economic, health, and humanitarian impact,” he said.

The reception was attended by a number of prominent political and diplomatic figures, including the economic adviser to President Cyril Ramaphosa, Trudi Makhaya, the executive director of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, Ibrahim Miyake, senior officials from South Africa’s Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, and the ambassadors of the G20 member states.


On the go with Saudi Arabia’s first professionally trained cycling club

Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally. (Supplied)
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On the go with Saudi Arabia’s first professionally trained cycling club

  • Saudi Arabia’s female population is enjoying the new wave of opportunities to live a healthy lifestyle

RIYADH: As sports and other activities continue to gain popularity in Saudi Arabia, residents are seeking out exciting ways to get moving.
The Kingdom’s female population are enjoying the new wave of opportunities that have been made available to them in recent years to live a healthy lifestyle.
Hiking, outdoor yoga and football are all popular choices, but one less familiar pastime on the increase is cycling.
Events such as the annual Saudi Tour and the General Sports Authority’s highly successful all-women’s cycling race in Jeddah in 2018 have fostered a growing interest in the sport.
Studies have shown that cycling improves overall health, more specifically improving mental health, strengthening the immune system, promoting weight loss, reducing heart disease and cancer and more.
Riding a bike can be one of the easiest forms of returning to fitness when you are bouncing back from an injury or illness.

Doves Ride organizes rides for all levels, from the gentle trails suitable for beginners to the more challenging routes for hardened cyclists. The group offers lessons that can help any beginner ride a bike safely. (Supplied)

A group of bike enthusiasts from Riyadh intend to spread the word and make people more aware of the healthy advantages of cycling and the joy that can be had on the back of a bicycle.
Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally. Shahd Alturki, Doves Ride’s founder and a professional cycling trainer, spoke to Arab News about why she set up the team.

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• A group of bike enthusiasts from Riyadh intend to spread the word and make people more aware of the healthy advantages of cycling and the joy that can be had on the back of a bicycle.

• Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally.

• Riding a bike can be one of the easiest forms of returning to fitness when you are bouncing back from an injury or illness.

“I founded Doves Ride to create an environment for women and families where they could get into sports,” Alturki said.
Based in Riyadh, Doves Ride’s goal is to create an environment where Saudis can discover what biking is like and meet others with similar interests.
“The idea was to create a team that would motivate Saudi society to start biking, and to raise awareness in general about sport and movement. We also wanted to help teach Saudis to cycle by creating a program to teach people in all categories,” she said.
Doves Ride organizes rides for all levels, from the gentle trails suitable for beginners to the more challenging routes for hardened cyclists.
“We welcome participants at any level, whether they are looking for a long-term membership or just to try it out,” said Alturki.
She also spoke about the benefits of the sport and hopes to encourage people to try it out for themselves.
“Biking is more than just a fun sport; it raises your fitness levels and can also boost your mental health,” she said.
For the more hesitant, Alturki reassures them that she is well-equipped to train them and get them on the path to biking like a pro.
“We have bike-riding lessons for zero-experience learners, licensed by the British Cycling Federation. Children, men and women are all welcome to take them. These lessons can help any beginner ride a bike safely, and teaches them all the necessary skills and basics,” she said.
Doves Ride can be contacted via their Twitter or Instagram accounts, @dovesride.