Arab News strikes partnership with Saudi Women Bowling Championship

Riyadh's Universal Bowling Centre where part of the inaugural tournament is being held. (UBC)
Updated 14 October 2018

Arab News strikes partnership with Saudi Women Bowling Championship

  • First tournament of its kind to be held in Riyadh, Jeddah and Khobar in October.
  • It is hoped the tournament can we can increase participation and awareness about bowling.

RIYADH: Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English-language daily, has struck a partnership deal with the Saudi Women Bowling Championship, which is being held in the Kingdom for the first time.

The championship, hosted by the Saudi Bowling Federation, takes place in three cities and comes as the country is rapidly developing sporting facilities for women.

Arab News will be the exclusive English media partner for the event, with the newspaper’s logo appearing on the participants’ kit.

The bowling tournament will be held on Oct. 6 at Riyadh’s Universal Bowling Center, on Oct. 13 at the Al-Gosaibi Bowling Center in Khobar, and on Oct. 20 at Jeddah’s Iceland Bowling Center. The games are held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Dr. Razan Baker, member of the board of directors and head of media and women’s participation at the Saudi Bowling Federation, welcomed the partnership with Arab News.

“We are happy that Arab News is our English media partner and hopefully with such support we can increase participation and awareness about our game. Bowling is an old hobby practiced by many residents and citizens in the Kingdom and we look forward to welcome, nurture, and create excellent opportunities for all,” Baker said.

“The Saudi Bowling Federation is proud and excited to host the first bowling championship for women this month. Women from various parts of the country have been contacting us with interest in learning how to play and practice bowling professionally. And is the time to try it out — or succeed and become the first Saudi bowling champion through one of our three championships.”

The event will be covered by Arab News’ team of reporters, with coverage in the newspaper and online at

Saudi Arabia, driven by its Vision 2030 reform plans, is rapidly developing its sporting facilities. Reforms have included allowing physical education for schoolgirls, opening female-only gyms, and allowing women to attend football matches.

Amaala lift champion trophy in Saudi Arabia’s first-ever desert polo tournament

Updated 19 January 2020

Amaala lift champion trophy in Saudi Arabia’s first-ever desert polo tournament

  • Amaala earned the bragging rights as the 2020, and inaugural, AlUla Desert Polo champions

JEDDAH: Renowned Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras scored all his side’s goals as Amaala hammered out an emphatic 7-3 victory over host team AlUla to win the Kingdom’s first-ever desert polo tournament on Saturday at AlUla UNESCO heritage site.

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki bin Faisal, chairman of the General Sports Authority, presented the trophy to Amaala after the final.

The event forms part of Winter at Tantora festival, featuring international polo players, who had the experience of playing on compacted desert sand instead of grass amid the stunning surroundings at AlUla.

The Royal Commission of AlUla organized the three-day tournament in cooperation with the newly formed Saudi Polo Federation.

In winning the tournament, Amaala earned the bragging rights as the 2020, and inaugural, AlUla Desert Polo champions.

Players from all over the world took part, including team members from the world famous La Dolfina polo outfit from Argentina, including Adolfo Cambiaso, Pelon Stirling and Pablo Mac Donough.

In the match for third place, Al Nahla Bentley defeated Team Richard Mille 4-2 with Sheikha Alya Maktoum scoring a hat trick of goals.

Figueras said: “It’s an amazing place with an amazing history, an amazing heritage and an amazing first tournament for the Saudi Polo Federation. I’m very honored to be here and I’m delighted that we were able to win.

“This country is going through a transformation and there are amazing years to come.”

Mac Donough added: “For us it was a completely new place; polo-wise Saudi Arabia wasn’t something we were doing before. Having the chance to come to such an amazing country and having the chance to play a tournament and promote the sport, all this makes us feel very proud and we hope we can continue it.”

Saudi Polo Federation chairman, Amr F. Zedan, who played for Team Richard Mille during the tournament, said: “I see this event as a launching pad for the future. We have big plans for polo in Saudi Arabia that include the establishment of development programs and the construction of facilities to assist in building a polo infrastructure in The Kingdom.”

Amr Madani, CEO of the Royal Commission of AlUla, said: “Our tourism strategy for AlUla has been built around certain anchors — heritage, culture, nature and arts. Equestrianism has always been a key industry for us, and the surroundings here make AlUla one of the best locations to ride horses.”