Prince Khalid conveys thanks of Makkah provinces to King Salman

Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Makkah Governor. (SPA)
Updated 21 February 2018
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Prince Khalid conveys thanks of Makkah provinces to King Salman

JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal has sent a message of thanks to King Salman for his care of the people of the Makkah Region and the development of their provinces.
After visits to Makkah provinces and presiding over the council meeting in Jeddah Province on Wednesday, Prince Khalid told the King that “the sons of Makkah Region have expressed thanks for your concern to achieve anything that will serve them in this region.”
The Makkah Governor, who is an adviser to the King, said the sons entrusted him to tell King Salman they sacrificed themselves for the protection of religion and homeland against any aggressor or who wants to disrespect this country.
Prince Khalid stressed that the past ten years had witnessed a leap in quality to reach the first (developed) world. He said he had written an article on the opening of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology titled: “The first world on our land: what are we going to do?”. Since then, he said, he had seen more than one location of the first world on our land, he said.
He said he recently visited the King Abdullah Economic City and has already said we have islands on our land that could be run in a modernized way. Prince Khalid gave further examples of the Diplomatic District in Riyadh, and military cities in different parts of the Kingdom.
He expressed pleasure over what he saw during his tours to different provinces in terms of thought, culture and planning which, he said, reflected the image of modern Saudi citizen.
Prince Khalid attributed the achievements made at the human level to the spread of universities over Makkah Region.
He added that the value of accomplished and current projects in Makkah provinces was estimated at more than SR51.47 billion ($13.73 billion), with the exception of other mega projects in the Grand Mosque, King Abdulaziz Airport and Haramain High Speed Rail.
He urged businessmen/women to join the development process in the country and to take investment opportunities. He said a workshop will be launched next Shaban to offer such opportunities.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.