KSA plans to organize own international polo team

Amr Zedan relaxes after the match. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 13 July 2018
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KSA plans to organize own international polo team

  • Amr Zedan was appointed chairman of the recently formed Saudi Polo Federation, which will promote the equine sport across the Kingdom.
  • I have my own team established in Dubai — Zedan Polo — so I am looking at merging that into the federation, subject to board approval, and creating ‘Team Saudi’., said Amr Zedan.

CAMBRIDGE, UK: Saudi Arabia plans to have its own international polo team within two years, according to one of the country’s star players.

Speaking on the sidelines of the BMG Foundation’s 22nd annual charitable GCC Polo Cup, Amr Zedan, who played alongside Prince William on the BMG Financial team, praised the British royal for his performance during the match.

“Yes, I scored six goals, but it was really due to the support of Prince William, who helped with every play,” he said. “I have played with him for about nine years now and he is a very good player.”

Zedan was appointed chairman of the recently formed Saudi Polo Federation, which will promote the equine sport across the Kingdom.

“Our first meeting of the federation will be next week,” he said. “We are going to scout for youngsters who are into the game and send them to Argentina or Dubai to learn the sport. I have my own team established in Dubai — Zedan Polo — so I am looking at merging that into the federation, subject to board approval, and creating ‘Team Saudi’. 

“We would like to seek approval for Team Saudi to compete professionally in the UAE and UK seasons and, potentially, in the south of Spain.

“We would like to have youngsters starting to come into the game, learning and playing the game — and to have Team Saudi competing internationally.

That is the goal,” he said.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.