Get your footie fix: Six places to watch the World Cup

FIFA World Cup 2018 is hosted in the Russian capital city of Moscow. (Shutterstock)
Updated 14 June 2018

Get your footie fix: Six places to watch the World Cup

As the sporting event of the year kicks off, don’t panic if you still haven’t decided where you’re going to soak in all the action and cheer on your favorite team.

Jeddah: King Abdul Aziz Road sports tent

A large sports tent between King Abdul Aziz Road and Prince Nayef Street has been set up by the General Sports Authority, offering football fans the opportunity to watch matches for free. There is ample parking space and even a playground for children.

Dubai: Fairmont The Palm

Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm is set to wow the city’s football fans as they cheer on their national teams with a month-long World Cup tent offering promotional deals no matter what team you support. At a minimum spending cost of $26 per person, the World Cup tent offers a line-up of treats and munchies, ranging from popcorn shrimp to beef sliders.

Riyadh: The Green Halls

The Green Halls sports complex in Riyadh, located on Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Road in the Ar Rafiah district, will live stream World Cup games for free from June 14 until July 15. 

Bahrain: Four Seasons Bahrain Bay

The tented Football Stadium at the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay is broadcasting the tournament’s matches on a massive 4 x 10-meter, high-definition screen together with 160 LCD screens dotted around the venue. Guests can choose from a selection of a la carte items, with a range of Arabic mezze and snacks, including burgers, nachos and spring rolls — all for a starting price of $31 per person.

Riyadh: Al-Yamama Press Tent 

And here’s another option in Riyadh — the Al-Yamama Press Foundation’s tent in its headquarters on Al-Qassim road. The tent is equipped with screens, a studio for post-game analysis, coffee shops and food trucks. Attendees also have the chance to win various daily prizes. 

Beirut: Number 12 Fan Park

At the heart of Beirut’s bustling Mar Mkhael district, Number 12 Fan Park is set to showcase World Cup games on a large screen. At a regular entry cost of $8 and a VIP cost of $17, the park is set to be filled with fans cheering on their teams while enjoying a meal at the food court or competing with friends in one of the many activity areas.

Like a Berber: Madonna celebrates 60th birthday in Marrakech

Updated 19 August 2018

Like a Berber: Madonna celebrates 60th birthday in Marrakech

  • The Queen of Pop donned the attire of a “Berber Queen” in Marrakech on her birthday
  • On Sunday, the American star posted pictures and videos on her Instagram of a fun photo shoot with British-Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj

JEDDAH: Madonna’s 60th birthday celebrations are creating quite a buzz, especially delighting her Arab fans that she chose to mark the milestone in Morocco.
The Queen of Pop donned the attire of a “Berber Queen” in Marrakech on her birthday, wearing a fuchsia chiffon long-sleeved gown by Gucci with Berber jewelry and a headpiece by Marianna Harutunian.
On Sunday, the American star posted pictures and videos on her Instagram of a fun photo shoot with British-Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj, known as the “Andy Warhol of Marrakech.” Madonna, who posed for pictures with her family, is seen dressed in a traditional red attire, accessorized with colorful jewelry and a Louis Vuitton headscarf.
“Life can be sweet and sour and sometimes a surprise can happen that you never would think of and this was one of (those) moments; want to thank Madonna and her lovely family and being patient for the shoot at my riad,” Hajjaj wrote on Instagram.
Hashtagged #birthday #magic #Marakesh, Madonna’s pictures have gone viral on social media since she first posted a portrait of herself bedecked in Berber jewelry and brandishing a sign that reads “The Queen.” She wrote: “Finally and at last it’s my birthday! I have survived! Life is beautiful!”
On the eve of the big day, she toured the former imperial city of Morocco under the close watch of the paparazzi and wrote: “Walking through the Labyrinth of the Medina during the Call to Prayer.” She posted a video shot at night, wandering in the alleys of the city’s ancient market.
“Mystical walk through the desert,” she captioned a photo featuring her in the desert, with six horsemen holding candles in the background.
Another portrait shows Madonna wearing a fez decorated with Berber jewelry, along with a caption reading: “Today I am wearing CAKE on my head!“
Known for repeatedly reinventing herself during her 35-year pop career, Madonna has been staying at the luxury palace-turned-hotel El Fenn, owned by the sister of British billionaire Richard Branson, Vanessa. The property has been redecorated and staff have had their smart phones confiscated to protect the privacy of Madonna and her guests. The birthday guest list has also been kept secret, and Moroccan police were keeping journalists and photographers at bay.
Guests reportedly dressed in traditional Bedouin garb for the Arabian-themed party featuring Berber music. According to the Mirror, Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee designed kaftans and Berber costumes for them.
Agence France-Presse reported a local photographer as saying that he had spotted Madonna wearing a veil covering the hair and face but for the eyes. She reportedly visited the five-star Kasbah Agafay spa, went shopping at a souk and enjoyed a camel trek in the desert.
Local media reported that she and around 15 friends had dined out at a restaurant in western Morocco, escorted by bodyguards and under police surveillance.
Taking to social media under the hashtag #MadonnaAt60, fans from across the world sent birthday wishes to the pop diva. Since her first, eponymous album came out in 1983, Madonna has sold more than 300 million records, with albums such as “True Blue,” “Like a Prayer” and “Ray of Light” topping music charts around the world.