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Next Gen Finals just the start for Saudi Arabia’s grand tennis plans

  • Saudi Tennis Federation President Arij Mutabagani cannot stop smiling as she reflects on the recently concluded Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah — the first officially sanctioned tennis tournament to take place in the Kingdom. “I think I’m still dreaming,” Mutabagani told Arab News. “I have to s...

Fazza claim victory in Khor Fakkan Class 3 powerboat opener

  • ABU DHABI: Arif Al-Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi in Fazza secured victory in the opening round of the new UAE Class 3 Offshore Powerboat Championship in Khor Fakkan on Friday. Starting from pole position, Al-Zaffain and Bin Hendi slipped down the field with some early problems but fought back t...

Ronaldo on the mark as Al-Nassr return to winning ways

  • Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Al-Nassr action on Friday, with the nine-time champions defeating Al-Riyadh 4-1 to stay seven points behind leaders Al-Hilal, who defeated Al-Tai 2-1 earlier. Ronaldo, who had been dealing with a slight neck strain, was rested in his team’s midweek Champions Leag...

Conflict forces Palestinian team Jabal Al Mukaber to withdraw from AFC Cup

  • Palestinian club Jabal Al Mukaber have withdrawn from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup as a result of the Israel-Gaza conflict, the region’s governing body has announced. A statement on the AFC’s official website said the Palestine Football Association had informed the Kuala Lumpur-b...

Pakistan military exercise with special forces contingents from Bahrain, Iraq and Kuwait concludes

  • ISLAMABAD: Fajar Al Sharq-V, a multinational joint special forces exercise, concluded on Saturday at the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) in northwest Pakistan, the Pakistani military said, with participation from multiple Arab countries.  The two-week exercise commenced on Novem...

Arab-Islamic Ministerial Committee objects to US veto during Blinken meeting

  • RIYADH: Foreign ministers of Arab and Islamic nations voiced their objection to the US veto that blocked international calls for the UN Security Council to demand ceasefire in Gaza, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. During a meeting with the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, the Arab-Is...

Israel strikes Gaza after failed UN ceasefire bid

  • GAZA: Israel pressed its offensive against Hamas militants in Gaza on Saturday after the United States blocked an extraordinary UN bid to call for a ceasefire in the two-month war. Hamas and the Palestinian Authority swiftly condemned the US veto as the Hamas-run health ministry put the latest...

Industry leaders talk building grassroots culture at XP Music Futures

  • RIYADH: Investments, events and community interaction are key to growing Saudi Arabia’s burgeoning music industry, a panel at the XP Music Futures conference was told on Thursday. Music industry leaders and government officials took part in the panel at the event’s third edition, which is bei...

US secretary of state and Qatari prime minister discuss Gaza ceasefire, hostages and aid

  • LONDON: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday held talks with Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani about the latest developments in the Gaza crisis. “The secretary expressed appreciation for Qatar’s critical efforts to secure ...

Startup Wrap – Saudi Arabia leads November’s funding spree with $338m

  • CAIRO: Saudi Arabia’s startup ecosystem continues to dominate the region after raising the most funds in the Middle East and North Africa during November. According to Wamda’s Monthly report, the MENA region saw $764 million raised across 42 rounds in November – a 390 percent month-on-month i...