Two spots remain to be filled in SR1,000,000 eSports race

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Abdullah Al-Dossary, 25, qualified in Khobar. He works as an engineering aide at Saudi Aramco and has been doing simulator racing for a few years, learning to know more circuits and sharpening his skills. (Supplied)
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Abdulaziz Rayes, 23, from Jeddah, who works in the Traffic Control, qualified at the ‘Road to Ad Diriyah.’ (Supplied)
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Fahd Idrees, 37, is going to the Ad Diriyah finals from the Jeddah qualifying. (Suppplied)
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Sixteen contestants will be invited to Ad Diriyah to battle it out in the live finals during the ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix. (Supplied)
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Mubarak Al-Dossary, 27, qualified in Khobar. (Supplied)
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Sixteen contestants will be invited to Ad Diriyah to battle it out in the live finals during the ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix. (Supplied)
Updated 13 December 2018
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Two spots remain to be filled in SR1,000,000 eSports race

  • 14 of the finalists for the ABB FIA Road to Ad Diriyah eSports Championship are ready, leaving just two spots open in the 16-man finals
  • The grand final of the ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah esports Championship will take place on the Race Day of the ‘Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix’

RIYADH: As the inaugural ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix approaches, with new Gen2 Formula E cars blitzing through the streets of historical Ad Diriyah and artists such as Enrique Iglesias, the Black Eyed Peas, Amr Diab and David Guetta playing, there is already thrilling racing action in Saudi, as only two spots remain in the ABB FIA Road to Ad Diriyah eSports Championship, a free car racing game with a SR1,000,000 prize pot.

Sixteen contestants will be invited to Ad Diriyah to battle it out in the live finals during the ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix. Ten qualified online, posting impressive lap times and taking up the majority of spots for the final heat. A further four spots were taken in Jeddah and Khobar, as there were two qualifying rounds on-site at the ‘Road to Ad Diriyah’ events in both cities. This means there are two blank invitations to the Riyadh showdown. These will be determined after the last on-site qualifying, at the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix.

Mubarak Al-Dossary, 27, qualified in Khobar. Normally working as an Admin Clerk at Saudi Aramco in Dhaharan, Mubarak loved the Championship: “It’s great to compete with other drivers and work hard to get a winning lap.” He says that everyone should try this game because it “will give you a next level racing experience.”

Al-Dossary was humble before the show-down in Ad Diriyah: “I’m ready to see the best drivers in the final, and wish the best of luck to everyone,” he said.

Abdullah Al-Dossary, 25, qualified in Khobar. In addition to working as an engineering aide at Saudi Aramco, he has been doing simulator racing for a few years, learning to know more circuits and sharpening his skills. This led him to qualify second for the McLaren Shadow Project Middle East 2018. “It was a fantastic chance to start eRacing,” he says.

“People should try the game and join the Championship because it improves you as a driver also in real life. I really look forward to competing in the Championship and will do my best to win!” Abdullah says.

Fahd Idrees, 37, is going to the Ad Diriyah finals from the Jeddah qualifying. The 16-finalist show down for the SR1,000,000 prize pot will be very different from his job as an operations manager at Bank AlJazira. “I truly look forward to traveling to Riyadh and living the experience as I am fascinated by this game and by Formula E racing.” As two weeks remain of the online qualifying for the championship, Fahd was keen to see more people trying out: “I have already encouraged all my friends to try the game online. I encourage everyone to try the experience.”

Abdulaziz Rayes, 23, from Jeddah, who works in the Traffic Control, qualified at the ‘Road to Ad Diriyah.’ He is excited for the finals: “I love this game and like the competition. People should register and try because it is really fun and challenging,” he says.

The grand final of the ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah Esports Championship will take place on the Race Day of the ‘Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix’, December 15, promising a thrill only matched by that on the real-world race track. Tickets for the concerts with Enrique Iglasias, Jason Derulo, the Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, Amr Diab and One Republic as well as the race are on sale now at www.fiaformulae.com/Ad-Diriyah from SR395.

The ‘Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix’ 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, visit: http://fiaformulae.com/Ad-Diriyah


Saudi crown prince signs raft of cooperation agreements with China

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signs an agreement between the Kingdom and China in Beijing on Friday. (SPA)
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Saudi crown prince signs raft of cooperation agreements with China

  • the crown prince headed the Saudi delegation at the third session of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee

BEIJING: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday met with Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng to discuss ways of further developing relations between the Kingdom and China.

The meeting took place in the grand surroundings of the Great Hall of the People in the Chinese capital Beijing. After their talks, the crown prince headed the Saudi delegation at the third session of the China-Saudi Arabia High-Level Joint Committee which he co-chaired with Zheng.

Delegates at the meeting discussed moves to strengthen cooperation between the two countries on trade, investment, energy, culture and technology, as well as the coordination of political and security matters. The committee also reviewed plans for greater integration between China’s Belt and Road development strategy and the Saudi Vision 2030 reform program.

After agreeing on the minutes of the meeting, the Saudi royal and Zheng took part in the signing of a range of agreements, memorandums of understanding (MoU), investment projects and bilateral cooperation accords between the Kingdom and China:

The cooperation agreement in maritime transport between the Chinese and Saudi governments, signed by Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qassabi and Chinese Minister of Transport Li Xiaopeng.

MoU between the Kingdom’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and the National Development and Reform Commission in China, signed by Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih and Ning Jizhe, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission.

MoU between the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment to form a working group to facilitate trade, signed by Abdul Rahman Al-Harbi, the Kingdom’s deputy minister of commerce and investment, and Qian Keming, Chinese vice minister of commerce.

Loan agreement between the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Chinese Ministry of Finance to build and equip three hospitals in Yanbian city in Jilin Province, signed by Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and the Chinese deputy finance minister.

Rehabilitation

Loan agreement between the SFD and Chinese Ministry of Finance to reconstruct and rehabilitate areas affected by earthquakes in Sichuan Province, signed by Al-Jubeir and the Chinese deputy finance minister.

Agreement between the Saudi Ministry of Interior and the Chinese Ministry of Public Security to cooperate in fighting cybercrime, signed Nasser Al-Dawood, undersecretary of the Saudi Ministry of Interior, and China’s deputy minister for public security.

MoU between the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia and China’s National Committee for energy to invest in renewable energy, signed by PIF head Yasir Al-Rumayyan, and the committee’s vice chairman.

Minutes of the meeting about cooperating in combating terrorism between the Saudi Presidency of State Security and Chinese Ministry of Public Security, signed by Lt. Gen. Abdullah Al-Qarni, deputy director-general of General Investigation for the Kingdom, and the Chinese minister.

MoU between the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property and the Chinese National Committee for Intellectual Property Rights, signed by Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Swailem, the authority’s executive chairman, and committee chairman Xin Xiangyu.

MoU to participate in investing in renewable energy projects, signed by the chairman of ACWA Power, Mohammed Abunayyan, and president of the Silk Road Fund, Wang Yanzhi.

Cooperation agreement for Saudi Aramco to acquire 9 percent of Chinese project Zhejiang Petrochemical, signed by Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser and Xung Wi, mayor of Zhushan.

Agreement between Saudi Aramco with NORINCO Group and Panjin Sincen to develop a fully integrated refining and petrochemical complex, located in the city of Panjin in China’s Liaoning province, signed by Nasser and Tang Yijun, governor of Liaoning province and chairman of NORINCO.