Riyadh’s talented skaters celebrate their passion on Go Skate Day

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Shareef Masarani skater showing off his moves in Jeddah waterfront. (Rahaf Jambi)
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Reef Hassan, a 14-year-old skater girl who participated in the competition, has been practicing for a year and a half. (Rahaf Jambi)
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Updated 22 June 2022

Riyadh’s talented skaters celebrate their passion on Go Skate Day

Riyadh’s talented skaters celebrate their passion on Go Skate Day
  • Go Skate Day is an annual promotional event organized by the International Association of Skateboard Companies
  • Sandlifers is a skateboarding community in Riyadh consisting of 11 members

RIYADH: June 21 marked Go Skate Day. Skateboarders worldwide celebrate the day by participating in the sport they love.
Go Skate Day is an annual promotional event organized by the International Association of Skateboard Companies to help make skateboarding more accessible through events held in cities around the world.
Sandlifers is a skateboarding community in Riyadh consisting of 11 members. They commemorated the occasion by hosting an event at Alnakhel Skatepark, where they distributed prizes to the winners of their challenges.
“Skateboarding day is a day where everybody around the world skates, even people who don’t skate, they skate today, and we created challenges for skaters in today’s event,” said Shareef Masarani, a member of Sandlifers, told Arab News.
“They do tricks, and the other person has to do the trick, and we will choose winners or do a certain obstacle, and they win a prize. In addition, we bring food and show support to the community and help kids who want to learn the game,” he said.
Masarani, 35, started skateboarding when he was 15 and continued until the age of 18. He then stopped skateboarding but has resumed his passion over the past year and a half.
“I work as a chef, but skating is my passion, and I love what I do, so we started this skater community in 2020, and it overgrew.”
Masarani believes that having such a society in the Kingdom is necessary because the Olympics recognize the sport and the energy people put into it.
“Skateboarding has been part of the Olympics since last year. The Saudi Sports Federation recognized that, and they’re also throwing an actual competition in a few months, and the prizes are huge,” Masarani said.
Masarani sees a future for the sport in the Kingdom — the number that showed up for this year’s event had increased significantly from last year’s audience.
“We need to make this sport more popular and reach more people, but it is growing fast from what I’ve seen from last year to now. This park was not this full and the level has grown so much,” Masarani said.
Sultana Alshareef, a 10-year-old skater who has been skating since she was seven years old, took first place in the competition.
“I love this game and my coach, Shareef, taught me a lot of stuff in this game, and hopefully one day I will join the Saudi Olympics as a professional,” Alshareef said.
Reef Hassan, a 14-year-old skater who participated in the competition, has been practicing for a year and a half.
“I came in second place in today’s competition, and the prizes were skateboards, which makes participating in these competitions fun, and I really enjoy the game and want to get better at it,” she said.
Maddie, 21, has been skating for four months and hopes to see more public places available for the sport.
“As a female, I want to support other females playing the game. When they see me skate, they get excited and want to roll in, but I want to see more free and public places where we can practice the game. If they build more skate parks, I am sure more girls will pick it up,” Maddie said.
The companies sponsoring the event are Saudi ones: Exwings, an extreme sports club, and Locosonix, a skate shop.
Visit the Sandlifers community’s Instagram page for more information @sandlifers.


Grand Mosque ready to receive worshippers on first Friday of Dhu Al-Hijjah: Presidency

Grand Mosque ready to receive worshippers on first Friday of Dhu Al-Hijjah: Presidency
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Grand Mosque ready to receive worshippers on first Friday of Dhu Al-Hijjah: Presidency

Grand Mosque ready to receive worshippers on first Friday of Dhu Al-Hijjah: Presidency

RIYADH: The Grand Mosque in Makkah is fully prepared to receive pilgrims and worshippers on Friday, the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has said.

This Friday will one of the busiest during the year as many pilgrims have already arrived in Makkah ahead of Hajj which will start on the 8th of Dhu Al-Hijjah (July 7).

The presidency has enlisted 400 employees to receive worshipers and pilgrims, direct them to the mataf and various other prayer spaces, and regulate entry and exit to and from the Grand Mosque.

Cleaning and sterilisation operations have also been intensified and there has been an increase in Zamzam water being distributed to visitors.

Around 4,000 employees clean the Grand Mosque ten times a day using 13,000 liters of disinfectants.

There are 25,000 Zamzam containers dotted around the mosque, 20 smart carts holding 80 litres of water are in operation, and 516 drinking fountains are available.

600 employees have been enlisted at the doors of the mosque to receive visitors and direct them to the correct areas, organize entry and exit, and support security personnel in diverting and directing worshipers when prayer areas get filled up.

100 employees are on hand to help pilgrims perform tawaf and other rituals in accordance with the correct manner, the presidency added.


Saudi Arabia announces vital developmental projects in Yemen

Saudi Arabia announces vital developmental projects in Yemen
Updated 30 June 2022

Saudi Arabia announces vital developmental projects in Yemen

Saudi Arabia announces vital developmental projects in Yemen
  • Initiatives include 17 development projects in 6 sectors, valued at $400 million
  • A further $200 million will provide oil derivatives to operate power stations

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has announced a number of vital developmental projects in Yemen to bolster the economy, the Kingdom’s deputy defense minister said on Thursday.

“The initiatives include 17 development projects in 6 sectors, valued at $400 million, in addition to $200 million in oil derivatives for power stations,” Prince Khalid bin Salman tweeted.

The projects will be carried out by the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen and aim to help the Yemeni people.

Prince Khalid met with the President of the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council Dr. Rashad Al-Alimi and members of the council to convey the Kingdom’s support and appreciation for their efforts.

The deputy defense minister said Saudi Arabia is committed to alleviating the suffering in Yemen and achieving security, peace, stability, and economic development.


Saudi Heritage Commission launches partnership with Noon.com

Saudi Heritage Commission launches partnership with Noon.com
Updated 30 June 2022

Saudi Heritage Commission launches partnership with Noon.com

Saudi Heritage Commission launches partnership with Noon.com
  • Local artisans will be able access to a larger consumer audience through the Noon Mahali program

RIYADH: The Heritage Commission on Thursday signed a cooperation agreement with Noon, an online shopping platform, to empower local businesses in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

A ceremony was held at the Commission's headquarters to commemorate this partnership, which was attended by Heritage Commission CEO Dr. Jasir Suleiman Alherbish and General Manager of Noon KSA, Ahmed Abdel Qader Gadouri.

Under this agreement, Saudi artisans will be able to sell craft products and cultural heritage content online, gaining access to a larger audience through Noon's Mahali program.

The program also aims to assist local entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized businesses improve their product quality.

Dr. Alherbish thanked Noon for its cooperation, emphasizing the significant benefits gained through the agreement.

He also made note of the Commission's numerous initiatives to develop the handicraft sector, such as training programs and providing a consumer audience through outlets, exhibitions, events, and festivals.

"Our collaboration with the Heritage Commission demonstrates our ongoing commitment to assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses. The Mahali program helps local talent grow their businesses by providing them with the tools and services they need to reach a larger segment of customers in the region." Gadouri said.

The Noon Mahali program exemplifies the company's founding goal of empowering local talent through the development of a strong e-commerce platform.

The agreement is part of the Heritage Commission's broader efforts to strengthen partnerships with the public and private sectors as part of the Kingdom's cultural sector development.


Saudi Arabia offers global forum a vision of a new urban future

Saudi Arabia offers global forum a vision of a new urban future
Updated 30 June 2022

Saudi Arabia offers global forum a vision of a new urban future

Saudi Arabia offers global forum a vision of a new urban future
  • The Kingdom’s Architecture and Design Commission took part in the recent forum with a display featuring the King Salman Charter for Architecture and Urbanism
  • Among the charter’s aims is the creation of memorable buildings and spaces that integrate cultural and national identity

RIYADH: An exhibition outlining Saudi Arabia’s future urbanization strategy may inspire a new community-focused approach to architecture following its debut at the 11th World Urban Forum in Katowice, Poland.

The Kingdom’s Architecture and Design Commission took part in the recent forum with a display featuring the King Salman Charter for Architecture and Urbanism, launched late last year to help develop the sector as part of Vision 2030.

King Salman’s architectural vision, developed during his five decades as governor of Riyadh region, was highlighted in the exhibition, which also showcased exemplary projects in the Kingdom.

Among the charter’s aims is the creation of memorable buildings and spaces that integrate cultural and national identity, as well as contemporary designs that meet the needs of local communities.

The commission hopes to increase awareness of the charter, and inspire architects and designers worldwide in line with the forum’s theme “Transforming Our Cities for a Better Urban Future.”

A panel discussion on the charter brought together CEO of the Saudi Architecture and Design Commission Sumayah Al-Solaiman, founder of Dabbagh Architects Sumaya Dabbagh, and Arup Group’s director of master planning and urban design Daniel Ringelstein.

Al-Solaiman said: “Our participation at WUF 2022 opens new horizons for applying the charter and presents an excellent opportunity to introduce the international public to its methodology. By showcasing the ways in which the charter has already improved the built environment, we highlighted the range of circumstances in which the charter can be applied to improve quality of life not only in Saudi Arabia, but also further afield.”

This is the exhibition’s first international appearance after touring through five cities in Saudi Arabia: Riyadh, Abha, Jeddah, Dhahran and Madinah.

The World Urban Forum was established in 2001 by the UN to examine the growing global issue of rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies and climate change.


First group of Omani pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia ahead of Hajj

First group of Omani pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia ahead of Hajj
Updated 30 June 2022

First group of Omani pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia ahead of Hajj

First group of Omani pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia ahead of Hajj
  • The pilgrims’ entry procedures were completed with ease
  • Thursday marks the start of Dhu Al-Hijjah, the month during which Hajj is performed

RIYADH: The first group of Omani pilgrims arrived in the Kingdom through the Empty Quarter port ahead of Hajj, Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.

Thursday marks the start of Dhu Al-Hijjah, the month during which Hajj is performed. The first day of Hajj, 8th of Dhu Al-Hijjah, will fall on July 7, and the pilgrimage will end on the 12th day of the month (July 11). Arafat Day falls on the 9th day of Dhu Al-Hijjah (July 8).

The pilgrims’ entry procedures were completed with ease, and the General Directorate of Passports is supporting sites designated to serve pilgrims with modern technical devices and qualified employees so that procedures are completed without delay, SPA said.