Motorsport fans soak up Formula E atmosphere on Khobar Corniche

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Fans flocked to Khobar’s Corniche to soak up the Formula E atmosphere at the ‘Touring E-Village,’ set up to promote next month’s Saudia Ad Diriyah E Prix. (Supplied)
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Fans flocked to Khobar’s Corniche to soak up the Formula E atmosphere at the ‘Touring E-Village,’ set up to promote next month’s Saudia Ad Diriyah E Prix. (Supplied)
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Fans flocked to Khobar’s Corniche to soak up the Formula E atmosphere at the ‘Touring E-Village,’ set up to promote next month’s Saudia Ad Diriyah E Prix. (Supplied)
Updated 11 November 2018
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Motorsport fans soak up Formula E atmosphere on Khobar Corniche

KHOBAR: Fans flocked to Khobar’s Corniche to soak up the Formula E atmosphere at the ‘Touring E-Village,’ set up to promote next month’s Saudia Ad Diriyah E Prix.
Running from Nov 8 to 10, the Khobar event is a three-day festival of racing, culture, music and entertainment.
Some of the activities include racing simulators as well as an alternative reality experience, giving fans a firsthand taste of the technology of the future.

Bavaria Zaman, who attended on Thursday with husband Rashid Khan and children Nawal, Daiin and Nashin, said: “I think it’s fantastic. The kids are running around and having fun. We did not know all of this was happening until we came down, we just knew there would be a race in December. It’s great that all of this is right here in Khobar”.
Neji Ayed who took daughter Diya and son Khalid to the event said: “This is very fun. I think Formula E is a great sport and we look forward to the race in Ad Diriyah.”
33-year-old Yazan Al-Badr said: “I wanted to go see a race in Bahrain. But now we have a better version in Saudi Arabia, which is great. I think that this is really exciting.”
The Khobar event is also playing host to the ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah Esports Championship, before moving to Jeddah on Nov. 22 and finally to Ad Diriyah on December 13, which will see contestants completing qualifying laps in person and online. The 16 fastest participants will be invited to Ad Diriyah to battle it out live for a shared prize of SAR 1,000,000 on December 14 and 15 at the race.
Tickets for the Saudia Ad Diriyah E Prix are on sale at the Touring E Village throughout the weekend. The event on Dec. 13 to 15 is the first in a 10-year partnership between ABB FIA Formula E and the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA) and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF).
For more information about ‘SAUDIA AD DIRIYAH E-PRIX’ including schedule and tickets, click here.


Saudi public prosecution announces results of investigation into Khashoggi killing

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Saudi public prosecution announces results of investigation into Khashoggi killing

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said on Thursday he was seeking the death penalty for five out of 11 suspects charged in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was killed in the country’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2 after a struggle by a lethal injection dose and his body was dismembered and taken out of the building, he told reporters in Riyadh.

The Prosecutor said Khashoggi’s body parts were then handed over to a local Turkish agent outside the consulate grounds, the spokesman said, adding that a sketch of the agent has been prepared and will be handed over to the Turkish authorities.

He said that the head of Khashoggi’s repatriation team was the one who ordered the killing of the victim, adding that the investigations into the whereabouts of the victim’s body are still ongoing.

He noted that the mission of the team was to persuade Khashoggi to return to the kingdom.

The prosecutor said a former adviser had been due to meet the team that was ordered to repatriate journalist Khashoggi, who was killed after efforts to negotiate his return failed.

He added that the ex-advisor had been banned from travelling and remained under investigation, and that the case has been transferred to court while investigations continue.

The prosecutor said Saudi Arabia has requested Turkey to sign a cooperation deal on a probe into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“We have requested the brotherly Turkish authorities to sign a special cooperation mechanism specific to this case in order to provide them with the results of the investigation,” he said, adding that “the public prosecutor is still awaiting a response to these requests.”