2018 World Rally Champion signs an exclusive agreement with Sporyah for exclusive marketing

Al-Shaqawi and Al-Mutairi during the signing of the exclusive marketing agreement for the World Rally champion team. (Supplied/Sporyah)
Updated 29 July 2019

2018 World Rally Champion signs an exclusive agreement with Sporyah for exclusive marketing

  • In accordance with the agreement, Sporyah will manage the exclusive marketing of the Rally team led by Al-Shaqawi
  • Sporyah’s CEO, Fahd Al-Mutairi stressed that the agreement is a good example to promote the presence of Saudi champions

RIYADH: Ahmed Al-Shaqawi, 2018 World Rally Champion signed an agreement with Sporyah for exclusive marketing until 2025.
In accordance with the agreement, Sporyah will manage the exclusive marketing of the Rally team led by Al-Shaqawi in all local and international events the team participates in.
Al-Shaqawi said: “The agreement is in the context of the strategic plan to promote the sustainable presence of the team as a real competitor, particularly in international competitions”.
Sporyah’s CEO, Fahd Al-Mutairi stressed that the agreement is a good example to promote the presence of Saudi champions and show professionalism that reflects the development of the sport in the Kingdom.
The signing of the agreement coincides with the preparations of the team – that won the 2018 World Rally Championship – for many local and international competitions, primarily Dakar Rally 2020 with one of its first phases that will be held in the Kingdom for the first time.
Al-Shaqawi’s team will participate in the Kingdom’s Rally Championship 2020 which consists of six phases, including Hail International Rally.
The team will also participate in the Baja and Cross-Country world rally championship which consists of 12 phases in a number of countries.
Ahmed Al-Shaqawi had won a number of local titles such as Hail International Rally in its T2 category in 2012 and 2013, and culminated in the winning the 2018 World Rally Championship where he secured his title in the second last round of the championship.


Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

Updated 17 October 2019

Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

  • Citizens of Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can now benefit from fast and convenient 
eVisa portal when arranging their next visit to the city of St. Petersburg.
Guarded by two marble lions at the entrance, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg sits within the walls of a 19th-century royal palace in the beautifully preserved imperial city of St. Petersburg. Celebrated globally for its history and architecture, Russia’s cultural capital recently became an even more attractive destination for GCC travelers thanks to the introduction of a convenient new online eVisa process.
Launched at the beginning of October, the St. Petersburg eVisa portal enables citizens from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman to enjoy the benefits of fast and simple online visa applications. Travelers can simply fill in the online form, upload a photograph, and can complete the entire process in just a few clicks. Applications can be made within 20 days of traveling, and up to four days before arrival. The visa is valid for stays of up to eight days in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region.
Felix Murillo, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, said: “The introduction of the eVisa portal offers a new level of convenience for international travelers, making it easier than ever for GCC citizens to arrange a trip to our wonderful city. Our concierge team takes great pleasure in highlighting St. Petersburg’s historical and cultural visitor attractions, and will be happy to arrange anything our guests may require to turn every trip into an unforgettable experience. We look forward to welcoming visitors from the Middle East to our beautiful hotel to share cherished moments and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
The Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg is located in the upmarket Admiralteysky district and was originally constructed in the early 19th century for Prince Alexander Yakovlevich Lobanov-Rostovsky.
Since first opening its doors to guests in 2013, the property offers 183 rooms, including 26 sumptuously decorated suites.
Perhaps the most stunning of the hotel’s accommodations is the one-of-a-kind Lobanov Presidential Suite, where guests can gather by the living room fireplace for a night of intimate conversation, host an al fresco dinner party on the expansive private terrace with stunning views of the Admiralty building and the surrounding park, or retreat to the grand master bedroom for a quiet and cosy evening.
The hotel is inviting guests to embark on a range of culinary adventures across its three restaurants. Diners can experience pan-asian fusion flavors at Sintoho, authentic Italian dishes at Percorso and modern Russian cuisine at The Tea Lounge.
Catering to the needs of visitors from the Middle East, halal meat is available on request.