King Fahd exhibition a massive hit

Updated 20 April 2015

King Fahd exhibition a massive hit

More than 77,000 visitors attended the exhibition and conference on the life of the late King Fahd.
The event, which concluded on Saturday, was opened by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman at the Riyadh International Exhibition and Conference Center.
The show, originally scheduled to run for two weeks, was extended for a further four days due to public demand.
The exhibition, organized by the children and grandchildren of King Fahd, was held in collaboration with the King Abdul Aziz Foundation (Darah) under the theme: “Fahd — the Spirit of Leadership.”
Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman, who visited the exhibition, said the exhibition’s next venue will be in his region to remind people in that part of the Kingdom of the many services rendered by the late king.
Outlining the many services rendered by King Fahd, Prince Faisal recalled that the expansion of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah was initiated during his reign. Thus, he added that it was nothing but right to have the next venue in Madinah in appreciation of the king’s services.
An official spokesman for the exhibition told Arab News that the organizers had decided to house the exhibition permanently in Riyadh in order to enable people to visit it.
Besides senior government officials, ministers and members of the royal family, a number of distinguished visitors, including members of the Shoura Council, well-known athletes, writers, intellectuals, artists, sculptors and students of schools and universities and specialized colleges and students with special needs, attended the show.
An encyclopedia on the life of King Fahd, prepared by the King Abdul Aziz Foundation (Darah) in 10 volumes, was presented during the opening ceremony. In addition to the encyclopedia, four new books were also released at the event.
Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd said in his opening speech that it took nearly two years to prepare for this exhibition which focused on the youth of the Kingdom.
“King Fahd was a leader who served all sections of the community. Being the minister of education, the late king did his best to improve the educational level of the population by providing better facilities, services and scholarships,” said Prince Abdul Aziz.
During the seminars, 29 speakers and historical researchers presented 40 papers and studies over seven sessions. Besides activities for families, youth and children, there were 55 training workshops on the qualities of leadership for the youth and the nurturing of leadership in the child, under the supervision of 25 trainers with an attendance of 2,500.
The exhibition also included an interactive display which presented the life of King Fahd from his birth until his death, his personal belongings, the decorations and badges he was honored with, official documents, several manuscripts, documentaries and 1,000 images, some of them seen for the first time.


Khabib ‘the Eagle’ sees immense Arab talent

A ferocious wrestler, Khabib ‘the Eagle’ Nurmagomedov holds a record of 28 wins with no losses. (Reuters)
Updated 15 min 53 sec ago

Khabib ‘the Eagle’ sees immense Arab talent

  • The lightweight champion from Russia is optimistic about future of MMA in the Middle East

MOSCOW: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting has become the world’s most innovative sport, mainly due to the growth of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), an American MMA promotion company that brought fighters from various disciplines — from jiu-jitsu to kickboxing — to battle it out in a cage.
One such fighter is Khabib “the Eagle” Nurmagomedov, who has taken the MMA world by storm.
A ferocious wrestler hailing from the Dagestan region, Khabib holds a professional record of 28 wins with no losses. He was crowned the UFC Lightweight Champion after defeating Al Iaquinta in New York in April 2018. His latest win to defend his title was against Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi on Sept. 9, 2019.
Arab News spoke to Khabib in Moscow about the future of the sport in the Arab world, which he sees as promising but still needs time to grow.

BIO

• Age: 31

• Height: 5’10”

• Weight: 155lbs

• Wins: 28

• Losses: 0

• Reach: 70”

“The sport is very famous in the region. Arabs love competing with each other and if you look at history, Arabs are warriors with very good spirits. They just need a little bit of time,” he said.
“Like Russia and Dagestan, it was different 10 years ago and now the sport has completely changed. I know it is difficult to make new stars, champions and athletes. I think in the next decade, a lot of Arabs are going to be top fighters.”
After being crowned champion, he was given the opportunity to defend his title against Conor McGregor, one of the most famous names in the sport. The match was dubbed the biggest fight in MMA history, drawing in 2.4 million pay-per-view buys, the highest of any UFC fight.

UFCRECORD

• 28-0 undefeated

• 8 wins by knockout

• 10 wins by submission

Khabib defeated McGregor in a rear-naked chokehold in the fourth round of their acrimonious fight last October, placing him on the world stage.
His ability to take down, control and keep his opponents on the floor — overwhelming them with damaging strikes — make him stand out from the other grapplers in MMA. Discipline, commitment and years of rigorous training in the mountains of his native Dagestan have helped him become the exceptional fighter and dominant force he is today.
In his latest fight in UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi, Khabib defended his belt by beating former interim American Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier.
“I came to Abu Dhabi almost three weeks before the fight as I was worried about the jet lag and needed to get accustomed to the climate.
“It was an amazing experience for me as many people from my native Dagestan, the (former) USSR countries and my friends came to watch the match live.
“I want my next fight to be in Russia. I last fought here almost 10 years ago, in 2011, and I really want to go again. This is my goal for the match.”
Next month, Saudi Arabia’s amateur MMA outfit heads to Dagestan to train with Khabib’s team. “Over 15 people will come to my camp and train with my father and my team for a couple of weeks,” he said.

The sport is very famous in the region. Arabs love competing with each other.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Even though “the Eagle” is flying high in the UFC, he is keeping his feet on the ground and not getting carried away by his success.
“I am focused on this now and at the moment I see it as ‘I’m almost there.’ I think that a few more years of fighting will be my limit. I do not want to fight all my life. A lot of young, hungry guys are coming and I know to be undefeated and undisputed is impossible. One day, you are going to lose and one day you need to stop, you just have to know when.
“I am going to compete in the coming years. I am 31-years-old, which is not too old for the sport, but I will reach my limit by the age of 33 or 34,” he said.
“Right now, I have a couple more years to compete with the toughest challengers in the world.  Whatever opponent they give me, I am going to fight and improve my legacy and self. I want to face the best fighters in the world.”
Khabib hopes his next fight will be in Russia, but the question fans want the answer to is who will be his opponent?
It has been rumored that Tony Ferguson, who currently holds a record of 12 wins without defeat, will be next in line to face him.