Saudi hospital staff win trip to FIFA World Cup

The Green Falcons open their World Cup account against the hosts Russia. (AP)
Updated 14 June 2018
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Saudi hospital staff win trip to FIFA World Cup

  • The KFSHRC launched the sports tourism program for their Saudi staff members to take part in the mega-event by traveling to the host country
  • More than 400 employees took part in the contest

RIYADH: The Saudi national football team, the Green Falcons, play against the host country in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 — a tantalizing clash, with the match being seen by many as a big honor to kick off the world’s most-watched sporting event.

The KFSHRC launched the sports tourism program for their Saudi staff members to take part in the mega-event by traveling to the host country.

Dr. Majid Al Fayyadh, CEO of the KFSHRC, announced a free package containing return flights, accommodation and tickets for the matches to be played by the Green Falcons, for eight employees, who were selected through an electronic draw.

More than 400 employees took part in the contest. 

“In the past six months, Saudi Arabia ranks second globally in the number of tweets about the World Cup, with Japan in first place and Brazil in third,” Benjamin Ampen, managing director for the Middle East and North Africa at Twitter, told Arab News. 

With people all over the Kingdom looking forward to the World Cup, coffee shops and restaurants are gearing up to host more customers.

Special arrangements have been made by a number of local cafes and restaurants that will air the matches live for customers. Abdullah Alotaibi, a football fan at a local cafe, told Arab News: “Watching matches live with friends makes it more exciting, and filled with patriotic fervor.”

FIFA 2018 will be the fifth appearance for Saudi Arabia in the World Cup finals after qualifying for the first time in 1994.

Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco have also secured their places in the competition.


Fleet of electric vehicles and wheelchairs laid on for elderly and infirm pilgrims

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Fleet of electric vehicles and wheelchairs laid on for elderly and infirm pilgrims

  • Thousands of electric vehicles will be on hand for people unable to walk far
  • A team of maintenance staff has also been employed to ensure the vehicles remain in working order

DUBAI: A fleet of 700 electric vehicles and hundreds of wheelchairs have been provided by the Saudi Department of Mobility Services at the Grand Mosque to help elderly and disabled pilgrims perform Hajj, state news agency SPA reported.

The electric vehicles are being maintained by a special team of staff, including supervisors, technicians and administrators.

Meanwhile the General Presidency of the two holy mosques has launched the “umbrella for every pilgrim” program.

The umbrellas are being distributed to protect people from the Saudi sun.