FaceOf: Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, head of KSA's Federation for Electronics and Intellectual Sports

Updated 26 April 2018

FaceOf: Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, head of KSA's Federation for Electronics and Intellectual Sports

  • Prince Faisal spent much of his early years in the US
  • Prince Faisal praised the talent and skill in Saudi Arabia, from gamers to graphic designers and coders

JEDDAH: Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan is the president of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronics and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS), tasked with creating a world-class, first-of-its-kind public and private eSports federation, culture and infrastructure in the Kingdom.

As the son of the former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US, Prince Faisal spent much of his early years in the US where he graduated from Baylor University, Waco, Texas in 2003 with a BA in telecommunications.

In 2005, Prince Faisal returned full time to Saudi Arabia and took a lead role in managing his family’s private-sector business affairs. Later in 2012, with the environment close to his heart, Prince Faisal founded Saker Al Jazirah (SAJ), a Saudi Arabian company focused on recycling, waste management and environmental services within the Kingdom.

Currently leading the charge in the rise of eSports in the Kingdom, SAFEIS and Global eSport Resources pledged their commitment to the growth of the eSports community and industry in the Kingdom. 

Last March, 6,000 citizens and residents of the GCC countries participated in — and 64 finalists qualified for — Tuesday’s inaugural GSA FIFA 18 eWorld Cup at the Bay X conference center at King Abdullah Economic City, where gamers will compete for a total prize of SR1 million ($266,667).

Prince Faisal heralded Tuesday’s inaugural event as a platform where players could shine while stimulating the job market within the community. 

He praised the talent and skill in Saudi Arabia, from gamers to graphic designers and coders.


Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

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Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

  • King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcome Russian leader at Al-Yamamah Palace

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday on his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar earlier personally welcomed the Russian leader as he disembarked from his aircraft at King Khalid International Airport.

An official welcoming ceremony was held in honor of Putin and various agreements were signed between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russia including an oil cooperation pact.

Some 20 agreements were signed between the two countries, in a ceremony overseen by the king, crown prince, Putin and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF and Saudi Arabia's SALIC signed an agreement to team up in searching for investment projects in the Russian agricultural sector, RDIF said in a statement on Monday.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.

(Developing)