Sports authority sets up Italian-themed village for AC Milan and Juventus fans attending Supercoppa Italiana

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The Saudi General Sports Authority (GSA) has set up an Italian-themed village for AC Milan and Juventus fans attending the Italian Super Cup match on Wednesday. (General Sports Authority)
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The Saudi General Sports Authority (GSA) has set up an Italian-themed village for AC Milan and Juventus fans attending the Italian Super Cup match on Wednesday. (General Sports Authority)
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The Saudi General Sports Authority (GSA) has set up an Italian-themed village for AC Milan and Juventus fans attending the Italian Super Cup match on Wednesday. (General Sports Authority)
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The Saudi General Sports Authority (GSA) has set up an Italian-themed village for AC Milan and Juventus fans attending the Italian Super Cup match on Wednesday. (General Sports Authority)
Updated 16 January 2019
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Sports authority sets up Italian-themed village for AC Milan and Juventus fans attending Supercoppa Italiana

  • The village emulates ancient Italian cities, as well as cultural and historical elements of Italy and Saudi Arabia
  • The village will host a variety of activities, including two theatrical performances

JEDDAH: The Saudi General Sports Authority (GSA) has set up an Italian-themed village for AC Milan and Juventus fans attending the Italian Super Cup match on Wednesday at King Abdullah Sports City stadium.

The village emulates ancient Italian cities, as well as cultural and historical elements of Italy and Saudi Arabia. 

Fans will also be served dishes from the cuisines of both countries and enjoy Italian music.

The village will host a variety of activities, including two theatrical performances. The first will commence at 6 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m.

The Italian village is located in front of gate 6. Events will take place between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Juventus stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo, landed in Jeddah on Monday, while AC Milan team members arrived on Sunday morning. 

The Italian stars received a warm welcome by their fans in the Kingdom. 

The GSA announced on Twitter that cameras are not allowed during the Super Cup final.

Both AC Milan and Juventus have won the Super Cup title seven times since the annual football competition was launched in 1988.

Saudi Arabia will become the fifth foreign nation to host the Super Cup after the US, China, Libya and Qatar.

An agreement to host the match was signed in June by Turki Al-Sheikh, the GSA’s then-chairman, and Marco Brunelli, executive director of the Italian Professional Football League. 


Saudi crown prince calls for establishing health center dedicated to Pakistani hero

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Saudi crown prince calls for establishing health center dedicated to Pakistani hero

  • The directive was issued during the crown prince’s visit to Pakistan on the first leg of his Asia tour
  • Khan managed to save 14 lives, but he drowned as he attempted to rescue the 15th person.

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has called for the creation of a health center in Paksitan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province dedicated to the memory of a Pakistani hero who saved 14 lives in Jeddah’s 2009 floods, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.

The directive was issued during the crown prince’s visit to Pakistan on the first leg of his Asia tour.

In November 2009, as flash floods roared through the port city, Farman Ali Khan secured a rope to his waist and jumped into the water to rescue people.

He managed to save 14 lives, but he drowned as he attempted to rescue the 15th person.

He was posthumously awarded the King Abdul Aziz Medal of the First Order by the Saudi government and Pakistan’s Tamgha-e-Shujat by then President Asif Ali Zardari. 

“What this man displayed is a rare act of heroism,” said Rania Khaled, an account executive in Jeddah. “He didn’t pause to think of where these people came from or their nationality — all he cared about was that everyone survived the terrible flood. As a result, he lost his life and that’s what makes his tale so heroic. He cared for humanity, not just his own well-being and safety.
“He set a very high example of what a human should aspire to be. Your background, race and nationality shouldn’t matter; what matters is that we all stand together and help each other. I think if people lived with a similar mindset to that of Khan, the world would be a better place.”
Razan Sijjeeni, a photography instructor in Jeddah, said: “I think what Khan did was not only heroic but also human. It says a lot about the kind of person he was in that moment when he chose to risk his life to save others. He gives us a lot to reflect on — who we are today and how much we should value human lives that are not necessarily related to us.”
Nora Al-Rifai, who is training to be a life coach, said that she hopes Khan’s widow and three daughters continue to receive the help and support they deserve.
“It’s a nice gesture that a Jeddah street was named after him as a reminder to all of us and the next generations of his selflessness and heroism.”