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.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.