Most Saudi fans optimistic about World Cup draw: Poll

The match between Saudi Arabia and Russia will be on June 14, 2018. (Photo source: Twitter @footytoonz)
Updated 08 December 2017
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Most Saudi fans optimistic about World Cup draw: Poll

JEDDAH: The draw for FIFA’s 2018 World Cup took place on Friday, with the opening game on June 14 between host Russia and Saudi Arabia. In the same group A, Egypt will play against Uruguay.
According to a poll posted on Twitter by “Action Ya Dawri,” a famous Saudi football TV show, 55 percent of Saudi fans are optimistic about the draw results, 25 percent are concerned and 20 percent are disappointed.
A viral video displays a sense of solidarity between Saudis and Egyptians for being in the same group. At the end of the video, someone tells his friend: “We have no one by our side but each other.”
Mohammed from Egypt tweeted: “Saudis are happy to have us in the same group, and we are happy to have them, while Russia and Uruguay are happy to have us both!!!”
Gamal Arif, a Saudi football analyst, said: “Russia isn’t like Spain. It won’t be hard to defeat them. We’re supposed to win over Egypt and draw with Uruguay.”
Sports commentator Sami Al-Qurashi tweeted: “There are no easy teams in the World Cup, we should look at the opening match with Russia positively, Saudi Arabia is the first Arab team to play in the opening of the World Cup ever.”
The president of the Saudi Football Federation (SFF) said in a press release: “The opening matches usually take the spotlight, therefore the Saudi team will be at the forefront of the most prominent event in the World Cup, which is positive from different angles. Also, facing the Egyptian team in this group is an opportunity to let one of us pass to the second round. And I do not exaggerate when I say that the two of us, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, may succeed in passing to the second round together.”
The SFF has chosen Juan Antonio, the Chilean coach who resigned after failing to lead the South American champions to the 2018 World Cup, to lead the Saudi national team.


Titanic replica set to dock in Dubai

A rendering of the original Titanic. (Shutterstock)
Updated 16 October 2018
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Titanic replica set to dock in Dubai

DUBAI: A duplicate of the Titanic is being constructed in China and is set to dock in Dubai in 2022, according to reports.

Australian firm Blue Star Line is creating the Titanic II that will be modeled on the original.

The ship is set to feature guest rooms with three different classes — first, second and third, just like the original — restaurants and dining rooms. The construction of the Titanic II is estimated at $500 million.

The ill-fated original ship sunk in 1912, in an accident that saw 1,503 people killed. It was the largest ship ever built at the time and had 2,229 people on board when it sunk on its international voyage.

The new ship will sail from China to Singapore and will then head to Dubai on a two-week journey in 2022, according to an interview with the firm's chairman Clive Palmer. From Dubai, the Titanic II will travel to Southampton before leaving for New York, as the original Titanic attempted to do in 1912.