FaceOf: Saudi professional footballer Taiseer Al-Jassim

Taiseer Al-Jassim
Updated 10 June 2018
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FaceOf: Saudi professional footballer Taiseer Al-Jassim

  • 33-year-old Taiseer Al-Jassim plays in midfield for Saudi Arabia’s national team. 
  • Al-Jassim is vice-captain of the national team, and used to be captain of Al-Ahli before he announced his intention to play abroad after 17 years’ playing in the Kingdom. 

Taiseer Al-Jassim, 33, is a Saudi professional footballer who plays in midfield for Saudi Arabia’s national team. 

Al-Jassim scored for Saudi in the last pre-World Cup friendly match, a 2-1 defeat against Germany on Friday, by scoring on the rebound after Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved a penalty in the 85th minute. It was the first goal ever by Saudi Arabia against Germany. 

Al-Jassim is vice-captain of the national team, and used to be captain of Al-Ahli before he announced his intention to play abroad after 17 years’ playing in the Kingdom. 

In May 2018 he was named in Saudi Arabia’s preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Al-Jassim joined Al-Ahli in 2004, moving from Hajjer, and was with them until the end of the current season. 

However, he was loaned to Al-Gharafa, a Qatari club, in 2007 and made a quick impact with the Qatar Stars League runners-up when he scored a goal and created another in an Emir Cup match. 

Al-Jassim was also loaned to Qatar Club, and played in the Emir Cup final of 2009. He returned to Al-Ahli at the end of the tournament.

When he returned to Al-Ahli, he won several titles, most notably the Saudi Professional League, the King’s Cup three times, and the Crown Prince’s Cup twice.

Al-Jassim also led Al-Ahli to the AFC Champions League final in 2012, and led Al-Ahli to win the King Cup of Champions in 2011 and 2012.

He is a key player and considered one of the best players in Saudi Arabia in the past 10 years.


Riyadh book fair hears lecture on Bahrain culture industry

Updated 21 March 2019
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Riyadh book fair hears lecture on Bahrain culture industry

  • Professor Diaa Al-Kaabi presented a survey of all aspects of Bahraini culture, from the early 19th century until the present day
  • She also highlighted the role of prominent Saudis in the founding of major cultural institutions in Bahrain

RIYADH: Riyadh International Book Fair on Wednesday hosted Dr. Diaa Al-Kaabi, who gave a lecture on the role of culture in Bahrain, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The academic, who is a professor at the University of Bahrain, highlighted the role of prominent Saudis in the founding of major cultural institutions in Bahrain. She named Muqbel Al-Zukair, and the families of Al-Gosaibi, Al-Bassam, Al-Ajaji, Al-Mashari and others, as pioneers.
She also mentioned the cultural agreement that was signed in 1974 between the Kingdom and Bahrain as the first such agreement signed between the two Gulf states.
Al-Kaabi presented a survey of all aspects of Bahraini culture, from the early 19th century until the present day. She highlighted major trends in Bahrain’s cultural industry, and the role of societies, theaters and universities, as well as state institutions, in promoting the nation’s culture to an international audience.
She addressed the beginnings of the cultural movement under Sheikh Issa bin Ali, which she considered as the founding of the country’s cultural consciousness. 
It heralded the age of enlightenment in Bahrain, which was part of the modern Arab Renaissance starting from the early nineteenth century, she said.
Al-Kaabi concluded her lecture by stressing that culture, if nurtured, could be a pillar of economic development as it provided many job opportunities and its revenues were high. 
Bahrain is the guest of honor at the fair, which runs until March 23.
A Bahraini pavilion will host 13 cultural events including poetry nights, seminars and children’s programs over the course of the fair. In total, more than 900 global publishing houses are set to participate, with 500,000 books and publications on display, and up to a million visitors expected to attend.