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

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.

Jurgen Klopp tells out-of-form Mohamed Salah to use teammate Sadio Mane as inspiration

Updated 20 March 2019

Jurgen Klopp tells out-of-form Mohamed Salah to use teammate Sadio Mane as inspiration

  • Egyptian ace hasn't scored for seven matches, his worst run since 2015.
  • Klopp cool over form but tells star man Mane is the one to learn from.

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Mohamed Salah should use Sadio Mane as inspiration as the Egypt star looks to hit peak form after an inconsistent season.
Salah scored 44 times in his debut season with Liverpool, but his second campaign has not been so smooth.
Although Salah has 20 goals in the current campaign, his goalless run of seven matches is the longest he has experienced since a 10-game streak for Roma in 2015-16.
That is a concern, with Liverpool chasing their first top-flight title since 1990 and also through to the Champions League quarterfinals.
Fortunately for Liverpool, Senegal winger Mane is in fine form and has moved level on 20 goals with Salah, after netting 11 in as many games.
Mane had gone goalless in eight outings in November and December during a spell of 17 matches in which he scored just three times.
Having seen Mane work through his drought successfully, Klopp believes Salah will soon see his luck change in front of goal as well.
“Sadio played pretty much always like this but now he is always in the right spot in the right moment. In football it’s sometimes like this,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.
“He is in a really good moment, of course. The only thing he did when he was not always in the right spot was work and work and work.
“That’s exactly what Mo has to do, exactly the same, just work, do the right things and it will come again.
“He’s just rather unlucky, where Sadio is lucky in the moment — he is in brilliant shape, that’s true.
“But then, he is in the right shape and maybe a yard away from him is Mo, but somebody else scored. That’s how it is, all good.”