GCC gamers get opportunity to compete for ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix final prizes worth SR1 million

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The ‘ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah Esports Championship’ finals will see 16 finalists competing for the grand prize. (Photo: Supplied)
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The ‘ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah Esports Championship’ finals will see 16 finalists competing for the grand prize. (Photo: Supplied)
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The ‘ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah Esports Championship’ finals will see 16 finalists competing for the grand prize. (Photo: Supplied)
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The ‘ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah Esports Championship’ finals will see 16 finalists competing for the grand prize. (Photo: Supplied)
Updated 29 November 2018
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GCC gamers get opportunity to compete for ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix final prizes worth SR1 million

  • The grand final of the ‘ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah Esports Championship’ will take place at the stunning UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah
  • It will take place on Dec.15, 2018

RIYADH: Sixteen gamers from the Arabian Gulf, including four Saudis, will have the chance to battle their way to an eSports final on Dec. 15 and share in a SR1,000,000 prize pot which will be available on race day at the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix.
The grand final of the ‘ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah Esports Championship’ will take place at the stunning UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah on the same day that Formula E drivers compete on the track on Dec. 15.
To date, four Saudi gamers have secured their spot at the finals at two showdowns in the ‘Road to Ad Diriyah’ activations in Jeddah and Khobar. The two final qualifying spots will be available inside the E-Village at Ad Diriyah for race goers holding ‘Saudi’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix tickets on Dec. 13.


Prior to the race, 10 qualifying spots will be made available to online gamers from the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Saudi Arabia, with eSports enthusiasts able to enter and post their fastest laps between Nov. 25 to Dec. 2. The top 10 fastest drivers, aged 18 or older, will then be flown with Saudia Airlines to the Kingdom to face down their six local rivals and chase the prize fund.
The President of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal Al Saud said: “We are inviting the world to be part of the ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix, both by launching tourist visas for the first time for global travelers and opening up the Esports Championship to gamers from across the GCC. It will be an exciting competition and eSports sits perfectly within this celebration of technology and action, both on the track and on consoles.”
The race takes place against a back drop of a three-day festival of cultural activities and entertainment including live music performances from six globally renowned artists.
Fans from the Kingdom will be joined at the event by international tourists from the Gulf and around the world, with tourist visas available for the first time via new the online Sharek process.


King Salman receives Saudi education officials

King Salman receives officials of theMinistry of Education and Saudi universities at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 11 December 2018
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King Salman receives Saudi education officials

  • The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country

RIYADH: Top officials of the Ministry of Education and Kingdom’s universities on Monday called on King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. 

The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country. Saudi Arabia ranks as the largest market for education services in the region, and it also accounts for a growing number of students enrolled in the kindergarten to grade 12 education system in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. 

Strong government support over the past few years has led to the continuous expansion of the education sector by inviting private players to enter the space.

According to a study conducted by Research and Markets, the higher education industry of the Kingdom inclined at a single digit compound annual growth rate during the period 2012-2017. 

The establishment of new universities due to increased investments in the education sector was the key contributor to the augmented revenues generated by the market players.