Ad Diriyah: Jewel of the Kingdom now home to the Middle East’s first Formula E race

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Ad Diriyah wiill be the setting for the first Formula E race in the Middle East next month. (Diriyah Gate Development Authority)
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Ad Diriyah wiill be the setting for the first Formula E race in the Middle East next month. (Diriyah Gate Development Authority)
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Ad Diriyah wiill be the setting for the first Formula E race in the Middle East next month. (Diriyah Gate Development Authority)
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Ad Diriyah wiill be the setting for the first Formula E race in the Middle East next month. (Diriyah Gate Development Authority)
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Ad Diriyah wiill be the setting for the first Formula E race in the Middle East next month. (Diriyah Gate Development Authority)
Updated 14 December 2018
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Ad Diriyah: Jewel of the Kingdom now home to the Middle East’s first Formula E race

JEDDAH: Blocks of mud-brick buildings and short streets look like a mosaic of beiges and browns from a distance. The cool houses were once a shelter from the heat of the desert. Now, the historic area is a hub of urban life and a collection of outdoor museums curated at the At-Turaif Unesco world heritage site. 

Showing so much of the nation’s rich history, the historic area of Ad Diriyah on the outskirts of Riyadh is about to play host to an event that is a promise of the future.

The historic town will be the extraordinary setting for the first Formula E race in the Middle East next month.

Since the inception of motor racing as a sport, race locales have been as important as the race itself, attracting the world’s finest and most sophisticated auto enthusiasts,” Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of Ad Diriyah Gate Development Authority, said.

“Formula E in Ad Diriyah is a continuation of that tradition, offering fans a chance to enjoy the sport while accessing the best in hospitality, culture and community.”

Inzerillo said the partnership with Formula E is indicative of the Kingdom’s mission to deliver world-class hospitality and share unforgettable experiences - in line with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030.

Ad Diriyah is one of few global historical sites to join the suite of prominent destinations populating the electric motorsport circuit. 

Inzerillo added that as the Kingdom continues to embrace new technologies, develop renewable energy sources and invest in electrified mobility, hosting the Formula E race at Ad Diriyah represents the essence of Saudi Arabia – a gateway connecting the past and the future and a space for preservation, innovation and togetherness. 

Known as The Home of Kings and Heroes and just minutes from Riyadh, Ad Diriyah ushers in an era of E-racing in the Middle East by hosting Season 5’s inaugural ABB FIA Formula E Championship race on Dec. 15, 2018.

Located just minutes from Riyadh, Ad Diriyah is on the banks of the Wadi Hanifah, surrounded by lush agricultural lands. As communities grew in Wadi Hanifah, Ad Diriyah developed into a central gathering point in the Najd Region.


Saudi air force completes ‘Red Flag’ military exercise in US

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Saudi air force completes ‘Red Flag’ military exercise in US

LONDON: The Royal Saudi Air Force concluded its “Red Flag” military exercise in the US on Saturday, which saw more than 800 sorties carried out by the unit.
The air force conducted a number of combat scenarios in a real combat environment in which Saudi pilots demonstrated their high combat capability and rapid ability to deal with enemy targets and destroy them.
The Commander of the air force participating in the exercise, Col. Masoud bin Nasser bin Shri said that participation in the exercise aimed to deepen the bonds of cooperation and exchange of experiences between the air forces of the participating countries, and increase the level of combat readiness and skill and develop of its officers.

Col. Bin Shri confirmed that the air and technical crews achieved outstanding success and high level of accuracy and professionalism, with all flights successful.
He added that these exercises would be of great benefit to the participants of the air crews, and technical and administrative crews to develop their skills and skills and gain self-confidence and good practice in real life battle situations.