Yasser Al-Qahtani, Saudi Olympian and national football team player

Updated 29 November 2019

Yasser Al-Qahtani, Saudi Olympian and national football team player

Yasser Al-Qahtani’s career as a footballer started in 2000 when he played for Al-Qadisiyah before moving to Al-Hilal in 2005. He joined the UAE’s Al-Ain in 2011, before returning to Al-Hilal in 2012, where he stayed until he retired in April 2018.

He played for Saudi Arabia in the Olympics and then joined the Saudi Arabian national football team in 2002. He retired from the national team in 2013.

Al-Qahtani won several championships with Al-Hilal, including the Saudi Professional League in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2017 and 2018, the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Cup in 2006, the Saudi Crown Prince Cup in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2016, the Saudi Super Cup in 2015 and 2018, the King’s Cup in 2015 and 2017, and the Dubai International Cup in 2011.

With Al-Qadisiyah he won the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Cup in 2002 and 2005 and the Saudi Arabia Division 1 shield in 2002.

He won the UAE Arabian Gulf League with Al-Ain in 2012.

As a member of the Saudi Arabia national football team Al-Qahtani also won the Arabian Gulf Cup in 2004, the Arab Nations Cup in 2002 and the 1st Islamic Solidarity Games in 2005.

Tickets for Al-Qahtani’s benefit match on Dec. 1 to mark his retirement were released on Nov. 20. The match will be between Al-Hilal and the star-studded Y20 team, which includes professional footballers from around the world.

The chairman of the General Authority for Entertainment, Turki Al Sheikh, announced on his Twitter account that the game is part of the Riyadh Season that runs until the end of January 2020.

Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

Updated 25 January 2020

Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

  • “I was transported into a completely different world”: Jay Kay

ALULA: British band Jamiroquai thrilled a delighted audience at Maraya Concert Hall in Saudi Arabia on Friday night during a show packed with hits.

In a first for a venue more used to hosting opera and classical concerts, the British funk/acid jazz outfit had fans dancing along to the music.

The show, at the distinctive, mirror-covered concert hall in historic AlUla, was part of the second Winter at Tantora festival. It opened with “Shake It On,” followed by the hit singles “Little L,” “Alright,” and “Space Cowboy.” By this time the crowd was well and truly warmed up, and “Use the Force” got them on their feet.

“The song seemed to resonate with everyone” Jay Kay told Arab News in an exclusive interview after the show.

During the gig, Kay dedicated the 2002 song “Corner of the Earth” to AlUla, which he described as a “magical and wonderful place, which is absolutely stunning.” The opportunity to perform there was “an honor and privilege” he added. He also thanked “Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for his vision, and Prince Badr for making this happen and the great hospitality.”

After a further selection of singles and album tracks, the show ended on a high with a quartet of hits — “Cosmic Girl,” “Virtual Insanity,” “Canned Heat” and “Lovefoolosophy.”

Kay praised the Maraya Concert Hall as “a brilliant place to play.” He admitted that initially he was a little worried when he saw it because he was under the impression it would be an outdoor venue. However, any concerns he had were gone by the time the first sound check was done.

“I was transported into a completely different world; the acoustics were unbelievable, like being in a German concert hall,” he said. “It is obviously very well thought out and that’s what makes it so good. The sound was fabulous — I never looked at my sound guy once.”

Jamiroquai’s music videos often feature Kay in super cars, of which he owns many, and he revealed that he would love to shoot such a promo in AlUla.

“In reality, I’m desperate to get in one of the dune buggies, and would kill to have a (Ariel) Nomad and have a go in one in AlUla, where it’s supposed to be driven, for a day or five and dune bash, which is such a rare thing for us in England,” he said.

The singer also said he wants to bring his family to AlUla, which has become a hub for culture and creativity in Saudi Arabia.

“I would like to come out with my family and my youngest, who is called Talula, so hopefully we can have Talula come to AlUla, which would be wonderful,” said Kay.

He added that he was looking forward to exploring the area on Saturday, before leaving the country, but added: “I’m sure you can never have enough time to see everything there is to see.”