Saudi wrestling fans in for a treat with WWE’s ‘Greatest Royal Rumble’ set for Jeddah

The Greatest Royal Rumble - one of the biggest matches in WWE history - is set for Jeddah on April 27. (Photo: WWE.com)
Updated 06 March 2018
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Saudi wrestling fans in for a treat with WWE’s ‘Greatest Royal Rumble’ set for Jeddah

JEDDAH: The Greatest Royal Rumble — tipped to be one of the biggest matches in WWE history — is set for April 27 in Jeddah.
Usually comprising 30 or 40 wrestlers, the Saudi crowd are going to be treated to a 50-man event with the likes of John Cena, Triple H, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Braun Strowman, Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura scheduled to feature in the wrestling bonanza, however not all of them will be participating in the Royal Rumble match.
A Royal Rumble winner has the opportunity to face the champion of their choice at Wrestlemania, and WWE’s most recent winner Shinsuke Nakamura will square off with AJ Styles at Wrestlemania in April.
The event is part of a 10-year strategic multi-platform partnership between the wrestling company and the Saudi General Sports Authority in support of Vision 2030. And the agreement will see Saudi wrestling fans enjoying other WWE events such as “Tag Team,” “Raw Title”, and “Peace.”
According to WWE chairman and CEO, Vince MacMahon, WWE is planning to organize the events using different methods, in terms of production and output, that will allow for a unique presentation for the Saudi Arabian public.

“The Greatest Royal Rumble will be a spectacle of historic proportions,” said McMahon. “Our partnership with the Saudi General Sports Authority reflects a long-term commitment to present WWE’s world-class entertainment to a global audience on a grander scale than ever before.”
The signing of the international agreement continues the Kingdom’s bold move to boost its entertainment industry by hosting landmark sporting events, including the hosting earlier this year of the Race of Champions as well as the upcoming World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight final.
Ticket and broadcast information for the “Greatest Royal Rumble” will be available in the coming weeks.


Saudi Crown prince’s India visit will help expand ties beyond energy

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to India will boost robust interactions that New Delhi has established with Saudi Arabia over the last few years. (Supplied)
Updated 20 February 2019
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Saudi Crown prince’s India visit will help expand ties beyond energy

  • New Delhi’s participation in Kingdom’s mega projects a major aspect of renewed ties: Talmiz Ahmad

NEW DELHI: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s first visit to India is a landmark development in bilateral ties between India and Saudi Arabia, according to Talmiz Ahmad, a former ambassador to Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia is India’s largest supplier of crude oil, but since taking office in 2014 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought to use India’s growing economy to attract more investment from Saudi Arabia beyond energy, and foster cooperation on trade, infrastructure and defense.

Ahmad, author of several books on the Arab world and twice India’s Ambassador to Riyadh, said that while the backbone of New Delhi’s relationship with the Kingdom is energy, the two sides had been discussing “how to give greater substance and longevity to the relationship on the basis of concrete projects.”

Reuters reported this week that India is expecting Prince Salman to announce an initial investment in its National Investment and Infrastructure Fund, a quasi-sovereign wealth fund, to help accelerate the building of ports and highways. Saudi Arabia has also suggested investing in India’s farming industry, with an eye on food imports to the Kingdom. 

Ahmad said Saudi Arabia’s NEOM project, a $500 billion smart city in Tabuk province on the Egyptian and Jordanian borders, would also provide great opportunities for Indian companies. 

He added that Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, the crown prince’s blueprint to fundamentally transform Kingdom’s economy, presents another opportunity for Indian businesses to prosper from the relationship.

“India is extremely well placed,” said Ahmad. “We are world leaders in small and medium enterprises and in the services sector. Saudi Arabia also has proposals to develop its tourism and leisure sectors, and I believe India is also well placed in those areas too.”

He also discussed how the strategic partnership had been initiated by former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who visited Riyadh in 2010, but that Modi, who visited in 2016, had added “considerable substance” to the relationship.

He stressed, though, that Riyadh’s ties with India are independent of its relationship with Pakistan. He added India and Saudi Arabia were also working together to improve the security situation in Afghanistan, to resolve the 17-year conflict between government forces and the Afghan Taliban, as well as in the wider West Asia region. 

“India has excellent relations with all the countries in West Asia, and New Delhi is well placed to address some of the concerns that all the countries have with each other,” he said.