How auto racing is taking Saudi Arabia by storm

Saudi racing chamipon, Falah Al-Jarba. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 11 July 2018
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How auto racing is taking Saudi Arabia by storm

  • Al-Jarba and his team have at least 50 successful tournaments and titles under their belt to date

RIYADH: Everyone chooses how to live their  life. You can live it normally without making any difference in the world, or you can carve your name in the mind of those you can inspire. That is the mantra of Saudi racing champion Falah Al-Jarba.

The man dubbed the “Camaro king” is glad that every year the drifting industry gets thousands of youths out on the streets and on the track to practice their passion.

Al-Jarba started racing on the professional circuits in 2012.

“After I found myself there on the race track I knew I needed to continue my hobby at that time, but I needed sponsors to evolve, so I took from the profession and gave back to it to continue my passion,” the Camaro king said.

“At first there were a lot of headaches explaining what we do. We assumed that all the support and funding would just come to us naturally,” said Al-Jarba. 

He and his racing team had the potential to at least offer air time, for which sponsors would pay hefty sums of money.

Al-Jarba said: “At first, we started by renting space — as a billboard. We went to big companies, which was so inspiring. 

The first sponsors were international brands with local dealers in the Saudi Arabia or Dubai.” Al-Jarba started introducing himself to companies, and he was required to have a trade register to sign contracts with them for sponsorship.

“After many successes, I started my team,” Al-Jarba said. 

His team is now considered the most successful in the Kingdom in all races. 

Many brands were attracted to give his team offers, which enabled its to choose the ones for sponsorship.

Al-Jarba told Arab News an obstacle that he considered a challenge during his early racing days was when his helmet fell off in the middle of the race, and he was therefore excluded from the competition. 

His exclusion was a challenge to him because he had to repeat the race lap to succeed.  The cheers he received from the crowd gave him the encouragement to win.

Al-Jarba and his team have at least 50 successful tournaments and titles under their belt to date. In Riyadh, they were responsible for organizing the largest race in the Middle East. 

He is also the ambassador of the Chevrolet brand in the Middle East, and ambassador for Bridgestone in the Kingdom.

Al-Jarba obtained sponsorship from many American companies that have no agent in the Saudi market.

“I carry the message about the Alzheimer’s Association and I talk about it at every championship. I have made many visits to the King Fahd Pediatric Society.

“A number of followers help spread messages of charity and awareness,” Al-Jarba concluded.


US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the US. (SPA)
Updated 20 September 2018
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US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

  • The US State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has praised Saudi Arabia for its efforts to combat terrorism, describing the Kingdom as an active and key member in the global coalition to defeat Daesh.
“Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the United States and has supported the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the two countries,” the State Department noted in its annual report on the global state of terrorism. It also highlighted the joint strategic vision between the two countries and a number of new initiatives to counter terrorist messages and disrupt the financing of terrorism launched last year during US president Donald-Trump’s visit to the Kingdom.
The report said Saudi Arabia has implemented systems to follow UN Security Council sanctions on groups and individuals linked to Daesh and Al Qaeda, and has expanded existing counterterrorism programs and projects to rehabilitate terrorist fighters who leave extremist groups. It has also adopted laws to counter the financing of terrorist groups.
The State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations, and has carried out a number of arrests and disrupted active terrorist cells throughout the country.
The report referred to terrorist plans that were thwarted in the Kingdom, noting the efforts being made in legislation, law enforcement and border security, as well as the country’s positive contribution as a member of the Financial Action Task Force for the Middle East and North Africa, a regional body that imposes financial sanctions on individuals and groups that help to fund terrorism.
"The Kingdom has maintained strict control over the banking sector and tightened sanctions on the financing of terrorism," the report said.
It also pointed out that the Kingdom provided 100 million euros ($117 million) to fight terrorism in the Sahel countries in Africa, as the Kingdom is a founding member of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum.