Saudi king, crown prince congratulate Bahrain on National Day

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa in Ad Diriyah on Saturday. (SPA)
Updated 16 December 2018
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Saudi king, crown prince congratulate Bahrain on National Day

  • King Salman praised the brotherly ties between the two countries.

JEDDAH: King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday sent cables of congratulations to Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa on the occasion of his country’s National Day.

The king and crown prince wished his health and happiness and further progress for his government and the people of Bahrain.

King Salman praised the brotherly ties between the two countries.

On Friday, Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa arrived in Riyadh on the invitation of the Saudi crown prince to attend the Ad Diriyah E Prix event.

During his recent visit to Bahrain, the Saudi crown prince and Bahrain’s King Hamad inaugurated a new pipeline to connect Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq oil facility in eastern Saudi Arabia and Bapco’s refinery in Bahrain.  


Serie A president Gaetano Micciche praises ‘Saudi hospitality’ ahead of Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah

Updated 16 January 2019
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Serie A president Gaetano Micciche praises ‘Saudi hospitality’ ahead of Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah

  • Speaking exclusively to Arab News, Micciche said it was a "great honor" to be in the Kingdom
  • The Serie A chief also discussed his thoughts his impressions on Jeddah and the event

JEDDAH: From day one, Serie A president Gaetano Micciche has been a staunch defender of Saudi Arabia playing host to the Italian Super Cup. With the kick-off now mere hours away at King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah, his good faith has been rewarded.
“We have had great hospitality,” he said. “I am really glad to experience Saudi Arabia not only for myself, but for all Italian people that have arrived here for the first time. The Saudi public has been full of kindness for the Italian people. It is a great honor for Serie A and myself to be here for such an important event.”

In an exclusive interview with Arab News, the Serie A chief discussed his thoughts his impressions on Jeddah and the event.
“I am happy because I now have a fair impression of the situation here,” he said. “I will surely be returning to Italy full of satisfaction and with positive ideas to return in the near future with other matches. All of the responses that I have seen have been very positive. Jeddah is a city that is rapidly evolving. It is really interesting for me and I have no doubt that there is a large and great potentiality for Jeddah to grow in the years to come.”
Micciche said he was delighted to find such a modern and beautifully built stadium.

Serie A president Gaetano Micciche (C) with Arab News' Abdulaziz Al-Aquil (R) and columnist Max Ferrari (L). (AN Photo)

King Abdullah Sports City (KASC), also known as “Al Jawhara,” Arabic for “jewel,” is the largest football stadium in Jeddah, with a maximum capacity of more than 62,000.
“I was happy to see the complex, which is one of the most beautiful in the world,” he said.
“I was especially happy to learn that the stadium has been completely sold out and that more than 15,000 women will be attending. I believe that sport in general, and football in particular, is a special factor of life. Today, two of the best Italian teams will be playing and I am sure they will put on a great match. I repeat: I am happy with all the organization, with the city, with the people, and with the hospitality.”