Imran Khan to attend Riyadh conference

The conference provides an opportunity to interact with important business leaders who are interested in investing in Pakistan. (AFP)
Updated 22 October 2018
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Imran Khan to attend Riyadh conference

  • Khan will call on King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss “matters of mutual interest"

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will leave for Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for a two-day business conference in Riyadh.
Khan will aim to highlight the country’s economic potential and to attract investment.
The meeting for the Future Investment Initiative (FII), to be held from Oct. 23 to 25, will look at “projecting Pakistan’s economic and investment potential,” a statement released by the Foreign Office said on Friday.
“The conference provides an opportunity to interact with important business leaders who are interested in investing in Pakistan,” the Foreign Office said, adding that Khan will be attending the conference on the special invitation of King Salman and was also expected to share his vision for Pakistan for the next five years.
The conference, called “Davos in the Desert,” will host leading businesspeople, investors, corporate giants, representatives of hi-tech industry and major media outlets in one platform.
Khan will also call on King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss “matters of mutual interest.”
“The FII is now an annual feature in Saudi Arabia. The first FII was held last year, with the participation of 3,800 people from 90 countries. This year’s conference is also likely to attract a large number of leading figures,” the statement read.
The prime minister’s participation in the conference “signifies our solidarity with the Kingdom in its efforts to become an emerging hub for international business and investment.”


Ronaldinho plans Saudi Arabia football academy in Jeddah

Updated 22 min 29 sec ago
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Ronaldinho plans Saudi Arabia football academy in Jeddah

  • Backstage at Misk Global Forum, Brazilian football legend reveals intention to open school some time next year
  • Player offered advice for audience, speaking about the value of teamwork, learning from failure and the rewards of giving back

RIYADH: Ronaldinho plans to open a football academy in Jeddah some time next year, the Brazilian football legend revealed to Arab News backstage in an exclusive interview after his appearance at the Misk Global Forum on Wednesday.

“First of all, I want to say thank you for a warm reception and kindness which I have received from the Saudi people,” he told Arab News. “As for the kids, those who want to be a player some day, dedicate as much as you can and follow your dreams.”

Earlier, Ronaldinho appeared on stage to a chorus of cheers at the end of the day’s sessions, where he gave a talk titled the Discipline – and Fun – of Teamwork. 

”I was lucky enough to be on a team with stars,” he said of his career with European clubs Paris St-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan, and a World Cup win in 2002 with the Brazilian national team. “We all respected each other.

“For me it was wonderful, because my history with this team and players was a beautiful one: To idolize them and later play with them and later win titles again…”

Ronaldinho said he feels grateful for his God-given talent. “Throughout my career we had a plan, and I always worked hard. God gave me the privilege to play football. It was fun, not a sacrifice.”

“I’ve always liked to have a ball around me, to have contact with the ball.”

His advice for the audience? “Prepare yourself and help your colleague or team member,” he said. “Humility is important. Try to stay humble.”

He also said to train hard, read as much as you can and don’t fear failure. “I failed a lot of times,” he said. “Football is like that. You can’t always win. You have to seek lessons from the defeats and not lose hope.” 

Now that he’s retired, Ronaldinho is more concerned with giving back. “After I stopped playing, I have soccer academies. That’s what I’m proud of, and it has given me pleasure. To give something back (as a)  thanks to football and everything it have given me.”