Mohammed Al-Shalhoub, Saudi football player

Mohammed Al-Shalhoub
Updated 26 November 2019

Mohammed Al-Shalhoub, Saudi football player

Mohammed Al-Shalhoub is a Saudi football player who currently plays as a left-wing midfielder for Al-Hilal football club in the Saudi Professional League. He is considered to be one of the greatest Saudi footballers ever. 

Born on Dec. 8, 1980 in Riyadh, Al-Shalhoub holds 32 personal championships making him one of the most decorated players in the world.

His great achievements have earned him the title “the gifted.” He wears the No. 10 jersey.

In 2000, he was selected as one of the most promising Arab footballers of the year. In 2006, Al-Shalhoub won the title of the third best Asian player of the year and he earned the title of the top scorer of the league in 2009.

He has been a part of the Saudi national squad since 2000. He made his debut at the age of 20 against Qatar in the 2000 AFC Asian Cup.

His team, Al-Hilal, beat the Urawa Red Diamonds 2-0 on Sunday and 3-0 on aggregate to claim a record-equaling third Asian club title in the AFC Champions League.

The Saudi giants have endured a continental trophy drought since 2000 when they won the tournament for the second time, the first being in 1991 when it was called the Asian Club Championship.

They came close in 2014 and 2017 when they reached the final, only to be beaten by the Western Sydney Wanderers and Urawa respectively.


Quality of Life program plans annual conference to develop strategic index

Updated 22 January 2020

Quality of Life program plans annual conference to develop strategic index

  • There are 13 programs aiming to change and develop the lifestyles of citizens and residents

JEDDAH: The Saudi Arabian Quality of Life Program will organize an annual conference to develop a strategic index accredited by the UN, according to its spokesman Mazrou Al-Mazrou.

This news came in a meeting held at the King Abdul Aziz Public Library in Riyadh on Monday, during which Al-Mazrou presented insights about the program, and how it related to the National Transformation Program 2020 (NTP) and Saudi Vision 2030.

The program supervises 119 initiatives in the entertainment and recreational sectors, including in culture, sport, recreation and touristism, he added.

“There are 13 programs aiming to change and develop the lifestyles of citizens and residents,” Al-Mazrou said.

“The programs rely on the financing method and intersect with other authorities. A range of events and programs have been achieved, such as diversifying entertainment activities with more than 377 events so far, as well as increasing the index of families’ expenditure rate on entertainment activities."

He said the program had several other objectives, including enriching the local entertainment scene in the Kingdom, contributing to the construction media cities, and supporting the development of the Saudi film industry.