Ahmad Sameer Al-Adl named ‘King of Drift’ in UAE qualifier

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Ahmad Sameer Al-Adl performs during Red Bull Car Park Drift in Dubai on April 12th, 2019 (Supplied)
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Ahmad Sameer Al-Adl with his trophy for winning the Red Bull Car Park Drift UAE Qualifier on April 12th, 2019 (Supplied)
Updated 22 April 2019

Ahmad Sameer Al-Adl named ‘King of Drift’ in UAE qualifier

DUBAI: The UAE qualifiers for Red Bull Car Park Drift 2019 took place on April 12 on a circular course in the rooftop car park of Dubai Marina Mall.

UAE-based Egyptian driver Ahmad Sameer Al-Adl came first out of 17 participants with an overall score of 342 points — an impressive total on the technically challenging course designed by pro drifter and Red Bull athlete Ahmad Daham, who won the event’s regional finals two years in succession in 2014 and 2015.

“It’s the first time we’ve done this on a rooftop,” Daham told Arab News. “It was inspired by Tokyo Drift — the way they do it in Japan. It was very tight, very technical. There was no margin for error. Anyone who made a mistake, crashed.

“So it didn’t depend on the car; mostly it was dependent on the skill of the driver,” he continued. “Which is the way we wanted it, to give people who don’t have money to build good cars a chance to be able to win it.”

Al-Adl’s closest challengers included Lebanese drivers Mohammad Chehab (283 points) and Ayman Bou Fakhreldine (333 points), and Jordanian drifter Fadi Abu Shehadeh (301 points). Al-Adl will now go on to represent the UAE at the 2019 Red Bull Car Park Drift finals in Istanbul on September 1.

Daham said Al-Adl is “one of the best drivers in the region.”

“His car was perfect for the track — it’s not a very high horsepower car. It’s small and short. But he was technically very good too,” Daham explained. “He’s getting better every year.”

Daham is well-aware of what it takes to win such contests, having won four Middle East drift championships himself. Indeed, later this year he is one of just five drifters worldwide to be invited to take part in this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. And next month he’s heading to Europe to compete in the Drift Masters European Championship — regarded as one of the toughest competitions around.

Before Red Bull Car Park Drift’s September final, the Middle East will host more qualifying rounds, including Lebanon (May 4 and 5), Jordan (August 16), and Saudi Arabia — although a date has yet to be announced for the latter.


Get the scoop on President Putin’s delicious lunch menu in Saudi Arabia

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday in his first visit since 2007. (SPA)
Updated 14 October 2019

Get the scoop on President Putin’s delicious lunch menu in Saudi Arabia

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

The Russian president sat down to a sumptuous lunch banquet after being welcomed off his plane at King Khalid International Airport by Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar.

And what did the leader of Russia enjoy while in Saudi Arabia? We got the inside scoop on what was served up at the decadent luncheon.

We got the inside scoop on what was served up at the decadent luncheon. (Arab News)

To start things off, diners enjoyed a variety of hot and cold appetizers, which were followed up with a choice of three main courses.

Guests were invited to choose between smoked salmon with asparagus and balsamic sauce, chicken breasts stuffed with a creamy concoction of saffron, turmeric and vegetables and deliciously soft wagyu beef served with purple carrots, orange fruit sauce and a delicate garnish of mountain flowers.

And that wasn’t all — to show off the best Saudi Arabia has to offer, President Putin was also treated to a selection of traditional Saudi dishes, which guests could sample at their leisure.

The Russian president sat down to a sumptuous lunch banquet after being welcomed off his plane. (Arab News) 

Sweet-toothed diners then had their moment of glory as the dessert course was served up.

Chocolate mousse with fresh mangos and mango coulis was served alongside a tarte cranberry ice cream — a fun twist on the usual pairing of chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

And for those who wanted a healthier alternative, a variety of fresh fruits were offered to guests.