AFC cancels BeIN’s football broadcasting rights in Saudi Arabia

The decision ends BeIN's "monopoly" over showing Asian Champions League matches. (AFP)
Updated 12 March 2019
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AFC cancels BeIN’s football broadcasting rights in Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi Football Federation says the decision brought to an end BeIN’s monopoly over the AFC’s Champions League matches in Saudi Arabia
  • The decision against the Qatari broadcaster starts with Tuesday’s Asian Champions League match between Saudi side Al-Hilal and Qatar’s Al-Duhail

JEDDAH: The Asian Football Confederation has canceled the exclusive rights of BeIN Sport to broadcast its football matches in Saudi Arabia.

The decision against the Qatari broadcaster starts with Tuesday’s Asian Champions League match between Saudi side Al-Hilal and Qatar’s Al-Duhail, the Saudi Football Federation said.

The statement said the move brought to an end BeIN’s monopoly over the AFC’s Champions League matches in Saudi Arabia.

The federation said it had received a letter from the AFC stating that the Qatari network’s rights to broadcast the matches in Saudi Arabia had been canceled.

The AFC said the decision is based on communications and legal reasoning that included BeIN’s “illegal broadcasting”, and the “systemic violations it committed against the Kingdom’s regulations.”

It also blamed the network’s inability to extract the necessary licenses to fulfill its obligations to broadcast the matches to its subscribers in Saudi Arabia. 

The Saudi federation said it would offer  a broadcast crew of commentators and analysts and will work out the necessary technical arrangements to help cover the matches.  


Hajj Ministry: More than 7.46m Umrah visas issued so far

Updated 25 May 2019
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Hajj Ministry: More than 7.46m Umrah visas issued so far

  • The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan
  • The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience

RIYADH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 7,463,259, of which 6,964,943 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj Ministry.
There are 925,246 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 679,929 in Makkah and 245,317 in Madinah, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Most pilgrims — 6,185,504 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 671,356 entered by land and 108,083 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (1,530,855) followed by Indonesia (934,827), India (635,675), Egypt (524,728), Algeria (353,425), Yemen (323,083), Turkey (300,517), Malaysia (26,9554), Iraq (268,179) and Jordan (194,908).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 10,852 Saudis including 8,978 males and 1,874 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government.
The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.