General Sport Authority gives STC exclusive rights to broadcast Saudi football

The General Sport Authority, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation and Saudi Telecom Group signed a MoU for the company to obtain the exclusive rights to broadcast Saudi football matches.
Updated 06 February 2018
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General Sport Authority gives STC exclusive rights to broadcast Saudi football

RIYADH: The General Sport Authority (GSA), the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) and Saudi Telecom Group (STC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for STC to obtain the exclusive rights to broadcast Saudi domestic competitions and the Saudi Arabian national team’s matches, as well as marketing sponsorship for the professional association league, the Saudi Federation, the referees committee and the General Sports Authority contests.
The MoU was signed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Sports Authority Mr.Turki bin Abdulmohsen Al-Sheikh, STC Executive Chairman Dr. Khaled Al-Bayari and SAFF Chairman Dr. Adel Ezzat at a launching ceremony on Monday evening in Riyadh.
It was agreed that the duration of the MoU would last for 10 years at a cost of SR6.6 billion. The initial agreement includes the exclusive broadcast rights for the local competitions, the Saudi Professional League, the King’s Cup, the Crown Prince’s Cup, professional league matches and all the Saudi national team matches, of which SAFF retains the broadcasting and sponsorship rights.
Regarding the marketing rights in the agreement, they include sponsoring the Saudi Professional League, SAFF, and the referees committee in the league and cup competitions, in addition to technical sponsorship of championships and sponsoring GSA events.
This comes as part of the developmental steps that have been implemented by the GSA under the guidance, follow-up and support of Al-Sheikh in various aspects of the sport sector in the Kingdom, in order to ensure the development of football in the country.
The agreement is also part of GSA’s keenness to ensure that all its steps and development initiatives are consistent with the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.


Steps taken to meet growing demand for Muslim holy water

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Steps taken to meet growing demand for Muslim holy water

  • Saudi government takes special measures to ensure uninterrupted supply of the water to the Two Holy Mosques
  • Zamzam water is drawn from a 30-meter well in the basement of the Grand Mosque in Makkah

JEDDAH: The very mention of the word “Zamzam” evokes a feeling of awe in the hearts of the faithful. Zamzam water is considered holy in Islam. 

It is found in a 30 meter well in the basement of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, about 20 meters east of the Kaaba. The water is believed to possess healing qualities, and is treated with reverence by all Muslims.

The Saudi government takes special measures to ensure there is an uninterrupted supply of the water to the Two Holy Mosques all year round, and to pilgrims during the Hajj and Umrah seasons.

In addition to the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Zamzam Water Project, the Zamzam bottling plant operates with a separate mission under the United Office of Zamazemah in Makkah.

Zamzam water is produced by the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Zamzam Water Project, which is operated by the National Water Co., and whose new bottling plant can produce up to 30,000 liters per hour.

The construction of the new plant began in 2014. Originally consisting of two production lines, a third was added in 2017, which massively increased production capacity. With the water being dispensed into 200 milliliter bottles, it means that the plant can produce well in excess of 150,000 bottles per hour. 

The bottles are then distributed to pilgrims upon arrival in Makkah, and, under the Zamzam Water Additional Services program, are also made available near the central area of Makkah’s Grand Mosque and in other holy places, such as Mina and Arafat. 

Two further expansion phases are currently underway at the site, which also houses its administrative center, including the management and marketing departments.

Two weeks ago, meanwhile, the Saudi Shoura Council approved a new project proposal by Arbab Al-Tawaif Establishments. The project will aim to enhance the competence of employees in Hajj and Umrah services. 

It will also look to restructure Arbab Al-Tawaif, and transform its establishments from individual institutions into companies, working to ensure they provide better standards of service to pilgrims from outside Saudi Arabia.