Racing-themed entertainment areas to open in Saudi Arabia in run-up to Middle East race debut

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The entertainment areas will be racing-themed. (Supplied)
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Motorsports fans will get a feel of what the three-day festival through the e-village. (Supplied)
Updated 07 November 2018
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Racing-themed entertainment areas to open in Saudi Arabia in run-up to Middle East race debut

  • The championship will take place on Dec. 13 to 15
  • The touring E-Village will be hosted in Khobar, Jeddah, and Ad Diriyah

DUBAI: Formula E is set to unveil a touring “E-Village,” a racing-themed entertainment area, to create hype for the inaugural Formula E racing championship in December.

Premiering in Khobar on Nov. 8 to 10, the entertainment area will feature family-friendly activities including racing simulators and an AR experience that motorsports fans can try, as well as exclusive displays of Formula E race cars.

The touring e-village is part of the promotion of the fifth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship happening in Ad Diriyah on Dec. 13 to 15, the first event in a 10-year cooperation between Formula E and the Kingdom’s General Sports Authority.   

According to the organizers, the touring e-village will preview the “three-day festival of music, sports, and culture.” Jeddah and Ad Diriyah will also host the e-village on Nov. 22 and Dec. 13 respectively.

“The Touring E- Village is a unique opportunity for the fans to feel the pulse and high energy of Formula E, to get a taste of what Formula E is all about and participate in interactive activities that are both fun and educational,” Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal Al Saud, President of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, said.

The three-day Formula E weekend will see racers drive through the streets of the first Saudi capital, as well as world class performances pegged to be the biggest concert event in Saudi history.

The race manifests the Kingdom’s commitment to the Vision 2030 plan, said Prince Khalid.

“Saudi Arabia is racing into the future with Formula E, a future headlined by sports, tourism, sustainability, entertainment and other focus areas that the Kingdom wants to invest in,” he added.


Saudi Arabia to face Japan in Asian Cup second round after defeat to Qatar

Updated 17 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia to face Japan in Asian Cup second round after defeat to Qatar

  • A double from Almoez Ali means Qatar top Group E.
  • Juan Antonio Pizzi's men now face Japan in second round on Monday.

LONDON: Saudi Arabia now know they will have to overcome Japan in the second round if they are to keep their hopes of a fourth Asian Cup title alive. 

A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Qatar meant Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men finished second in Group E — both sides went into the top-of-the-table clash knowing they had already secured a spot in the knockout stages. 

A brace from Almoez Ali in Abu Dhabi was enough to give Qatar the three points and leave them top of the group. 

From the kick-off the Green Falcons were the ones who looked the more likely to make the initial breakthrough —  Fahad Almuwallad slamming a right-foot shot against the post after 22 minutes.

Qatar captain Hasan Al-Haydos then missed a penalty in the 42nd minute after Ali had been clattered in the box.

But Ali, who scored four goals in Qatar's 6-0 rout of North Korea last weekend, made no mistake in first-half stoppage time.

He calmly slotted the ball past Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais to become the first player to score six goals in a single Asian Cup since South Korea's Lee Dong-gook in 2000.

Ali subsequently headed in a seventh goal of the tournament 10 minutes from time, celebrating with a jig of delight.

While the defeat was not ideal Green Falcons coach Pizzi said he was still hopeful Saudi Arabia would be able to go far in the tournament. 

"It was an intense game but we have to hide our feelings and prepare for the last 16," Pizzi said.

"We were missing quality in the final third and individual errors have cost us," he added.

"But we will bounce back. I respect every team left in the competition, including Japan, but I don't feel that we are inferior to them in any way."

Qatar, who have never gone beyond the quarterfinals, advance to face Iraq in the last 16.