Hasina backs Islamic Alliance

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman welcomes Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed on arrival in Madinah on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 07 June 2016

Hasina backs Islamic Alliance

RIYADH: Bangladesh Premier Sheikh Hasina Wajed, who wrapped up a five-day official visit to the Kingdom on Monday, has backed the Kingdom’s Islamic alliance against terrorism.

Wajed met Sunday with Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to discuss a wide range of bilateral issues including improving trade. She also held talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and Saudi businessmen in Jeddah. Also present were Bangladesh Ambassador in the Kingdom Golam Moshi and Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali.
According to Moshi, this was a “landmark visit” that strengthened ties between the two nations. He said Wajed and King Salman had “promised to work together for world peace, development and the Islamic Ummah” and find measures to deal with current global instability and insecurity.
He said Wajed had told King Salman that Bangladesh had adopted a zero tolerance policy toward terrorism and the country appreciates the Kingdom’s initiative to tackle extremism worldwide.
On the labor front, he said Wajed had discussions with Saudi Labor and Social Development Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani and Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf. Earlier, Wajed had called for Saudi investment in Bangladesh at her meeting with leaders of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) on Sunday morning.
A 10-member business delegation that accompanied her sought investments in garments, leather, jute, ceramics, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, shipbuilding, agro-processing, plastics, light engineering, electronics, telecommunications, energy and marine resources.
JCCI Vice Chairman Mazen Battarjee said the JCCI would send a delegation to Bangladesh to explore investment possibilities. An agreement was signed by a Bangladesh company with Jeddah-based Bawani for the construction of various projects in both countries.


Sunsilk’s Color Run returns to Riyadh

‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’ is set to turn Riyadh colorful on Oct. 26. (Photos/Supplied)
Updated 51 min 26 sec ago

Sunsilk’s Color Run returns to Riyadh

  • The General Entertainment Authority is bringing The Color Run back to the Kingdom following the success of the Alkhobar event

RIYADH: The Color Run presented by Sunsilk is returning to Saudi Arabia! The countdown to “The Happiest 5k on the Planet” is on, with The Color Run bursting onto the streets of Riyadh on Oct. 26.
The event is part of the GEA’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia. The Color Run — now the largest running series in the world — will be making its vibrant return to the Kingdom’s two biggest cities, with over 15,000 expected to participate in each location.
The Riyadh event follows the Kingdom’s extremely popular inaugural Color Run, which took place in Alkhobar in March and saw over 10,000 people run, jog, walk and skip their way along the 5 km course.
To date, The Color Run has been hosted in more than 40 countries with over 7 million runners participating in the event. It is untimed and sees thousands of participants covered from head to toe in an array of different colors throughout the course before collecting their medals at the finish line. The only rule is that those taking part must cross the finish line covered in color and have fun while doing it!
The non-competitive run is not only an opportunity to create perfect memories — and Instagram posts — but also serves as a celebration of health, happiness and individuality. The GEA, a core pillar under the Saudi government, is supporting the event as part of its continued efforts to enrich the lifestyle of residents as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plans and in line with the nation’s Quality of Life Program 2020.
The first of the upcoming events will be hosted as part of Riyadh Season, considered to be the biggest entertainment event in the capital city, with activities catering to sports, music, theater, fashion and much more.
Ahmed Al-Mehmadi, executive director of communications at the GEA said: “We are thrilled to be bringing The Color Run presented by Sunsilk to Riyadh. We witnessed an incredible turnout in Alkhobar and we have every confidence this event will attract even more people who want to engage in a healthy activity that combines fun and exercise. Its vibrancy matches the aims of the GEA and the Quality of Life Program 2020 objectives to support and create new options that boost participation across cultural, entertainment and sports activities.”
Kristen Biegler, spokesperson for The Color Run said: “Since its inception in 2012, The Color Run has had become a global phenomenon, and we are very excited to be returning to Saudi Arabia. The response in Alkhobar was truly amazing and we are extremely excited to bring ‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’ to Riyadh. Our top rule is that everyone has fun — it is up to you whether you run, jog, walk or even skip your way to the finish line.”
Once the 5 km is over, the fun will continue at the Finish Festival, a larger-than-life celebration equipped with music, dance-offs, fun and games and massive color throws, which create millions of vivid color combinations!