FaceOf: Prince Abdul Aziz Turki Al-Faisal, Vice chairman to the board in the KSA’s General Sports Authority

Updated 28 April 2018

FaceOf: Prince Abdul Aziz Turki Al-Faisal, Vice chairman to the board in the KSA’s General Sports Authority

  • At an early age, he decided to pursue motorsports
  • His ultimate goal is to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Prince Abdul Aziz Turki Al-Faisal, the current vice chairman to the board in the General Sports Authority, was born in Riyadh in 1983. 

He studied politics at King Saud University from 2001 to 2003 then went on to take a politics degree at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. 

He also studied marketing at the College of Business Administration (CBA), Jeddah, from 2006 until he graduated in 2010. 

Additionally, he graduated from the Formula BMW School in Bahrain in 2005.

He spent most of his childhood in Europe, where he pursued an active lifestyle and was introduced to motorsports. At an early age, he decided to pursue motorsports.

In 2009, he took part in the 24-hour race for the Toyo Tires Cup in Dubai, his team came second while he raced to first place in the A5 category. 

He also competed in the Porsche GT3 European Super Cup Series.

Between 2009 and 2010, he raced in the Middle East Porsche Cup Championship, finishing first and earning the championship title. 

In 2011, he took on a challenge to prove himself outside the Middle East, winning the first race in the FIA GT3 in Portugal.

By 2012, Prince Abdul Aziz had won the Porsche GT3 Championship for the second time and competed in the Dunlop 24-hour race in Dubai, finishing fourth. 

He is known as the first Saudi to participate in a GT3 European championship race and win. He solely won 23 races by 2013, paving the way for Saudis to enter more competitions.

In 2015, he won in Dubai, kick-starting a string of top-10 finishes in the racing season. His ultimate goal is to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans.


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.