Swatch official partner of Drone Racing League

Swiss watchmaker Swatch is one of the partners of the Drone Racing League.
Updated 13 September 2018

Swatch official partner of Drone Racing League

From zero to 120 km/h in under a second, sharp three-dimensional curves, spectacular crashes without any injuries and always surprising finishes, the sport of drone racing combines a number of aspects that no other racing sport has managed to achieve to date. Already in its second year as official partner of the global, professional drone racing circuit, “The Drone Racing League” (DRL), Swatch is fully committed to this futuristic sport. 

“Swatch has always supported niche sports and paved the way to popularity for disciplines like freestyle skiing, BMX and skateboarding,” said Gonzalo de Cevallos, vice president of Swatch. “Drone racing combines the real and the virtual world like no other sport. Like all the disciplines we support, this e-sport is a way to develop one’s potential, and inspires fans all over the world to make their dreams come true.” 

“We’re proud to be partnered with Swatch, an innovation powerhouse, who shares our vision for the sport of the future,” said DRL CEO/Founder Nicholas Horbaczewski. “From transforming gamers to pro Swatch pilots in our annual, DRL Simulator-based Tryouts, the only e-sport that translates into real sports, to igniting high-speed competition through the watch-shaped Swatch Gate in DRL events, Swatch has helped push the boundaries of drone racing.”

In what is undoubtedly the safest form of high-speed racing, pilots fly with remote controls and FPV (first-person view) goggles, navigating complex three-dimensional race courses at speeds above 140 km/h. 

Thanks to growing interest in digitalization and innovative technologies, drone racing is on a fast track to becoming a global racing sport: 55 million people watched the most recent DRL Allianz World Championship Seasons on TV. This trend has been picked up by the Swiss watchmaker as well — its new TV ad campaign is dedicated to drone racing.

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

Updated 23 September 2018

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions, has announced the opening of a UK visa application center in Riyadh, close to the diplomatic quarter.

VFS Global said the new center, which will serve travelers to the UK and Australia, is equipped to handle more visa applicants conveniently with increased seating capacity and ample parking space, while also offering ancillary travel services within the premises for a seamless customer experience.

Officially inaugurating the center, Ambassador of the UK to Saudi Arabia Simon Collis said: “‘Our customers in Saudi Arabia are extremely important to us, and we continually look for new and innovative ways to improve the visa service we offer, both to Saudi nationals and local residents. We offer an excellent visa service for those who choose to apply for a UK visa. 

For Saudi nationals, the average processing time for non-settlement visas is less than five days. Whether speed, convenience or comfort is the priority, we hope that this new VAC — and indeed the visa services available across the whole of Saudi Arabia — provide our customers with a Great British welcome from the very start of their journey to the UK.”

The new center is located at 2591, Al-Hada District, besides Courtyard Marriott Hotel and close to Ritz Carlton, Riyadh. Visa applicants to the UK and Australia can access details on visa application procedures at

Located on the Makkah Road, the center is also well-connected to the city center and other neighboring towns.

Vinay Malhotra, regional group COO for Middle East, South Asia and China, VFS Global, said: “The new standalone center has been designed with a view to provide a comprehensive experience to applicants in terms of visa processing and accessing necessary travel services under one canopy. The UK continues to remain a popular destination for tourism, business and student visitors from Saudi Arabia. The latest visa figures show that over 130,000 Saudi nationals were issued a UK visa in the last year.We are confident that the new center for the UK and Australia visa applicants will provide enhanced convenience and ensure customer delight.”

Managed by professionals, the center also offers the comfort of a Premium Lounge for more personalized service as optional service.