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 Crown prince’s India visit will help expand ties beyond energy

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to India will boost robust interactions that New Delhi has established with Saudi Arabia over the last few years. (Supplied)
Updated 20 February 2019
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Saudi Crown prince’s India visit will help expand ties beyond energy

  • New Delhi’s participation in Kingdom’s mega projects a major aspect of renewed ties: Talmiz Ahmad

NEW DELHI: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s first visit to India is a landmark development in bilateral ties between India and Saudi Arabia, according to Talmiz Ahmad, a former ambassador to Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia is India’s largest supplier of crude oil, but since taking office in 2014 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought to use India’s growing economy to attract more investment from Saudi Arabia beyond energy, and foster cooperation on trade, infrastructure and defense.

Ahmad, author of several books on the Arab world and twice India’s Ambassador to Riyadh, said that while the backbone of New Delhi’s relationship with the Kingdom is energy, the two sides had been discussing “how to give greater substance and longevity to the relationship on the basis of concrete projects.”

Reuters reported this week that India is expecting Prince Salman to announce an initial investment in its National Investment and Infrastructure Fund, a quasi-sovereign wealth fund, to help accelerate the building of ports and highways. Saudi Arabia has also suggested investing in India’s farming industry, with an eye on food imports to the Kingdom. 

Ahmad said Saudi Arabia’s NEOM project, a $500 billion smart city in Tabuk province on the Egyptian and Jordanian borders, would also provide great opportunities for Indian companies. 

He added that Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, the crown prince’s blueprint to fundamentally transform Kingdom’s economy, presents another opportunity for Indian businesses to prosper from the relationship.

“India is extremely well placed,” said Ahmad. “We are world leaders in small and medium enterprises and in the services sector. Saudi Arabia also has proposals to develop its tourism and leisure sectors, and I believe India is also well placed in those areas too.”

He also discussed how the strategic partnership had been initiated by former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who visited Riyadh in 2010, but that Modi, who visited in 2016, had added “considerable substance” to the relationship.

He stressed, though, that Riyadh’s ties with India are independent of its relationship with Pakistan. He added India and Saudi Arabia were also working together to improve the security situation in Afghanistan, to resolve the 17-year conflict between government forces and the Afghan Taliban, as well as in the wider West Asia region. 

“India has excellent relations with all the countries in West Asia, and New Delhi is well placed to address some of the concerns that all the countries have with each other,” he said.