Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Arrives in Riyadh coming from Rawdhat Khuraim

Updated 24 April 2013
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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Arrives in Riyadh coming from Rawdhat Khuraim

Riyadh: The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud arrived here today coming from Rawdhat Khuraim.
Upon arrival, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques was received by Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense; Prince Fahd bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, Deputy Minister of Defense; Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region.
Prince Fahd bin Badr bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Al-Jouf Region; Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior; Prince Talal bin Badr bin Abdulaziz; Prince Khalid bin Badr bin Abdulaziz; Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, President of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority; Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Vice Governor of Riyadh Region; and a number of princes and senior officials.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques was accompanied by Prince Faisal bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Kabeer; Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Adviser to and Special Envoy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Meteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State; Member of the Cabinet and Commander of the National Guard; Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Mohammed, Adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prince Mansour bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz, Adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Bandar bin Salman bin Mohammed, Adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Saad bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, and a number of princes.


US victory in Women’s World Cup inspires female Arab footballers

Updated 15 min 33 sec ago
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US victory in Women’s World Cup inspires female Arab footballers

  • Members of Jeddah Eagles, a women’s football squad with 39 players, watched the July 7 WWC final in anticipation of an exciting finish

JEDDAH: Football fans around the world celebrated the recognition of women in sports after the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC) final match in Lyon, France, in which the US beat the Netherlands 2-0. One country where the US victory struck a powerful chord among female sports enthusiasts is Saudi Arabia.

Women are participating in sports in increasing numbers in the Kingdom as the reforms being introduced under the Vision 2030 plan enable women to take on different career paths.

Members of Jeddah Eagles, a women’s football squad with 39 players, watched the July 7 WWC final in anticipation of an exciting finish. In the end, they celebrated not only the US team’s victory but the recognition of women in sports as a whole. Members of the team talked to Arab News about how they have been inspired by the WWC.

BACKGROUND

Women are participating in sports in increasing numbers in Saudi Arabia as Vision 2030 reforms enable them to take on different career paths.

Johara Al-Sudairi, who has been playing for Jeddah Eagles as a winger since August 2017, said she is thrilled that football is gaining popularity among women in the Kingdom.

Fatimah Gari, who joined the team as a striker in 2014, was happy for her fellow female football players in the US for their victory.

“It is a very good feeling,” the 28-year-old Saudi told Arab News. “I wish one day we will have a Saudi team and will be in their place.”

The 16-year-old central midfielder believes Arab women would perform better than their male counterparts given the right support.

“With the right amount of funding and support, Arab women for sure can be better at playing,” she told Arab News.