Exhibition offers interactive experience for Real Madrid fans in Riyadh

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Real Madrid star Alvaro Arbeloa represented the team at the opening of the exhibition. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 22 October 2019

Exhibition offers interactive experience for Real Madrid fans in Riyadh

  • Arbeloa thanked Saudi fans for always showing their support to him and the team

RIYADH: Football is considered the No. 1 sport in the Kingdom. Saudis are not just fans of local football clubs, but admire international teams. Real Madrid has a huge fanbase in the Kingdom, and by creating an exhibition dedicated to the team, fans in Riyadh had the opportunity to have an interactive experience and learn more about the club.
The exhibition is a virtual experience of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, and included the team’s trophies over the years, electronic games, accessories, signed T-shirts and much more.
The exhibition is part of Winter Wonderland, one of more than 100 events featuring local, regional and international performers taking place during the Riyadh Season festival, which continues until December at 12 zones across the city: The Boulevard, the Front, Riyadh Car Show, Winter Wonderland, Riyadh Stadiums, the Diplomatic Quarter, Al-Muraba’a, Al-Malaz, Wadi Namar, Nabd Al-Riyadh, Riyadh Safari and Riyadh Sahara. It has been organized with the support of Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) and president of Riyadh Season.
Retired Spanish professional footballer and Real Madrid ambassador Alvaro Arbeloa represented the club at the opening of the exhibition on Saturday.
“The exhibition is amazing, I really love it. You can feel our history, and it’s really important. I think it’s a great opportunity for all our fans here in Saudi Arabia to come here and visit this exhibition,” he told Arab News
Arbeloa thanked Saudi fans for always showing their support to him and the team
“I want to say thank you, thank you for the support. I can feel it every day on social media, and when I meet them here in Riyadh or if they come to Madrid.”
The managing director of TEG Live, Tim McGregor, said the company had been discussing the exhibition with the GEA since March.

You can feel our history, and it’s really important. It’s a great opportunity for all our fans here in Saudi Arabia to come here and visit this exhibition.

Alvaro Arbeloa, Former football player

“We’re very interested in Real Madrid because it’s a huge brand here with a huge number of fans, so they’re very excited about the idea that there will be an exhibition specifically about Real Madrid and their history. We started those conversations back in March and by the middle of April we were ready to go and move forward, it’s been really exciting,” he told Arab News
McGregor revealed that there will be more Real Madrid exhibitions in the Kingdom for the other Saudi Seasons.
 “This tends to be the first stop of three in Saudi Arabia. We’re here to be a part of Winter Wonderland and we hope to have many thousands of people that go through the exhibition. The entire Winter Wonderland is going to be extremely popular,” he said
“There were various ideas about where the exhibition would go and how it would be delivered into Riyadh. We’re very pleased that it is a part of something like this. I know this is the first time for Riyadh to have something like this, so it made sense to us to be within a precinct where we know that every day there will be 40,000 or 50,000 people going through.”
Saudi writer and social media influencer Sultan Al-Mousa said he is proud of the development in the entertainment sector of the Kingdom.
“I, just like any other citizen, am very happy with this major leap and the growth of the entertainment sector. We used to travel to see these events, and now they are happening here and one of them is Winter Wonderland.”


KSRelief launches prosthetics' center in Taiz

Updated 23 January 2020

KSRelief launches prosthetics' center in Taiz

TAIZ: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Wednesday launched an artificial limb center in Taiz, Yemen, providing high-quality prosthetics for up to 600 patients.

Abdulqawi Al-Mikhlafi, who is the deputy governor of Taiz, expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s generous support to Yemen across all sectors over the past few years, particularly in the areas of health, the environment and development.

Al-Mikhlafi said such efforts helped local authorities to deal with the many challenges they faced in providing comprehensive services to needy Yemenis.

He added that the Kingdom’s support reflected the deep historical and cultural ties between the people of Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and he praised the Kingdom for standing by the country and its government for more than 50 years.

Dr. Elan Abdul Haq, deputy governor of Taiz for health affairs, thanked KSRelief for its continued support for Taiz and Yemen, assistance he said had alleviated the suffering of millions of Yemenis during the ongoing conflict.

The head of the Artificial Limbs Center, Mansour Al-Wazei, announced that the center would begin receiving patients soon, providing vital aid to amputees for whom prosthetics meant regaining the ability to live full and productive lives.