Golf and music fans enjoy ‘The Ultimate Day Out’ at Saudi International

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Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike perform after Day One of the Saudi International. (Supplied)
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Golf fans watch the play at the Royal Greens’ 16th green. (Supplied)
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Kids have fun at the ‘Bounce-Zone’ at the Saudi International. (Supplied)
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One youngster tries her hand at golf at the Saudi International. (Supplied)
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Updated 31 January 2020

Golf and music fans enjoy ‘The Ultimate Day Out’ at Saudi International

  • With the international golf tournament reaching its halfway point, the action both on and off the course is at a high
  • Rock icon Bryan Adams and Grammy Award–winning DJ Zedd make their debut in the Kingdom tonight

JEDDAH: Golf and music fans are continuing to descend on King Abdullah Economic City in their thousands as the second annual Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers lives up to its promise of delivering ‘The Ultimate Day Out’.

With the international golf tournament reaching its halfway point, the action both on and off the course is at a high – with two days still to come.

The golf has particularly captivated young spectators, igniting a new love for the game across the next generation of Saudis.

Eleven-year-old Ahmed Alharbi visited today with his family. He said: “I’m having great fun! This is my first time here and I just can’t decide what I like best. I like that we can see the players so closely.”

Dad Abdullah Alharbi added: “It’s an amazing event to come to. Golf is a great social game to come and watch, where the kids and families can watch the golf, meet the players and then go and enjoy the entertainment in the golf village. It’s perfect to come to and have a really nice time.”

Thursday’s opening day’s golf climaxed with an unforgettable live concert by Belgian DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, supported by Marco Carola.

Kamal Arodaky, 25, was one of the 13,000 euphoric fans in the sold-out crowd. He said: “The whole thing was crazy, just an unbelievable concert! The arena was full and just this amazing atmosphere, everyone singing and having a great time. Saudi is made for this kind of event – we can’t wait for the remaining two concerts tonight and tomorrow!”

Tonight sees an eclectic mix of global music stars performing in KAEC that span the generations. Rock icon Bryan Adams and Grammy Award–winning DJ Zedd make their debut in the Kingdom as they are set to keep the crowds rocking all night. Bringing down the curtain on Saudi International’s epic line-up, Latin sensations Gipsy Kings and Luis Fonsi will have their audiences singing and dancing on 1 February as they perform some of their greatest and most iconic hits.

The concerts form part of Saudi International’s Ultimate Day Out that includes world class golf with some of the best players on the planet on show at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club this weekend.

Tickets are on sale priced at 50 SAR per day. Exclusive concert tickets start at 75 SAR.

For more tournament information, visit www.saudiinternational.com


Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas takes pole position for season-opening Austrian Grand Prix

Updated 04 July 2020

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas takes pole position for season-opening Austrian Grand Prix

  • The Finnish driver edged out the world champion by .012 seconds

SPIELBERG, Austria: Valtteri Bottas upstaged Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton on Saturday to take pole position for Formula One’s season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.
The Finnish driver edged out the world champion by .012 seconds at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in third place and Lando Norris giving McLaren a boost by finishing fourth. Verstappen has won the past two years here.
Bottas had the leading time when drivers embarked on their final laps and beat his own mark before sliding off the track into the gravel.
Hamilton was chasing a record-extending 89th career pole. He was ahead but then dropped off slightly as Bottas secured a 12th career pole.
Ferrari struggled for speed, with Charles Leclerc nearly one second behind in seventh and Sebastian Vettel failing to make it into the third and final part of qualifying, known as Q3. He starts the race from 11th on the grid.
Vettel is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season with his future in F1 uncertain.
Earlier, Hamilton posted the fastest time in morning practice. The 35-year-old British driver was also quickest in both sessions on Friday.
Midway through third practice, F1 newcomer Nicholas Latifi misjudged the exit of a turn and spun his Williams car into a protective tire wall.