Golf Saudi Summit tees off

The event will highlight the lucrative opportunities the game has to offer in the Kingdom, through its ability to drive real estate, corporate, tourism and business-to-business benefits. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 10 November 2019

Golf Saudi Summit tees off

  • Guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the sport’s rapid growth in the Kingdom
  • The event focuses on access and infrastructure, events, national team and academies, mass participation and tourism

JEDDAH: A new global golf business event, the Golf Saudi Summit, was launched in Riyadh on Sunday.

The event will bring together captains of industry and national leaders to debate hot topics and modern development tactics at the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers from Feb. 2-4, 2020.

Staged in King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah, the event will give guests the opportunity to learn more about golf’s rapid growth in the Kingdom and provide an opportunity to unite stakeholders of the game and evolve key business relations.

Attendees will be able to see first-hand how the nation has taken major strides in developing the game through Golf Saudi’s commitment to creating an active new ecosystem, which attending businesses will be given the opportunity to tap into. This focuses on five pillars — access and infrastructure, events, national team and academies, mass participation and tourism.

The economic impact of the golf tourism sector on the Kingdom has been significant and consequently has become a major consideration for both the Saudi Golf Federation (SGF) and Golf Saudi, laying the ground for this year’s inaugural summit.

Golf Saudi is a wholly owned subsidiary of the SGF, mandated to establish an active and sustainable new ecosystem for the game’s national endeavor, in direct support of Vision 2030.

HIGHLIGHTS

Staged in King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah, the event will offer the opportunity to unite stakeholders of the game and evolve key business relations.

Attendees will be able to see how the nation has taken major strides in developing the game through Golf Saudi’s commitment to creating an active new ecosystem, which attending businesses will be given the opportunity to tap into.

The event focuses on five pillars — access and infrastructure, events, national team and academies, mass participation and tourism.

“Our commitment to the game of golf is founded on a national ambition for sports to act as a catalyst in realizing Vision 2030,” said Majed Al-Sorour, CEO of Golf Saudi and the SGF.

“The Golf Saudi Summit will allow us to bring together a rich array of industry leaders and our own national stakeholders to share insights and build critical working relations. Saudi Arabia has one of the most ambitious programs in global golf history and it is our intention to layout pioneering programs that draw on new creative concepts, technology and best-practice, setting a new benchmark in the development space.”

Acting as the consumer-facing vehicle to implement SGF’s vision and mission, Golf Saudi has played a key role in laying down robust foundations, enabling the game’s long-term growth and sustainability.

Since its formation, Golf Saudi has drawn on its international and national expertise to prioritize the creation of an ecosystem that will allow the game to flourish and the people of Saudi Arabia to benefit. As part of this, education will be central to introducing new skills to the economy via worldwide alliances with recognized institutions.

Al-Sorour said: “To champion golf in Saudi Arabia, we need to harness the talent of our people through education and integration to develop the golf industry and inspire Saudis to thrive in the world of golf. Hosting marquee events such as the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers is a wonderful advert for golf, showcasing the natural beauty and modern lifestyle of Saudi Arabia and inspiring all generations to become involved in our sport. We look forward to welcoming everyone to King Abdullah Economic City, uniting key stakeholders to explore new opportunities together and building on our partnerships to progress our golf strategy.”

Golf Saudi has been at the forefront of the most significant national portfolio of courses in recent memory and the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in Jeddah has been fundamental to this overall strategy, hosting the inaugural Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers in 2019. The 2020 edition will see a returning cast that includes defending champion Dustin Johnson and will once again boast one of the strongest fields on the European Tour schedule.

The Saudi International and the Golf Saudi Summit will demonstrate the widespread appeal and lucrative opportunities the game has to offer in the Kingdom, through its ability to drive real estate, corporate, tourism and business-to-business benefits, as well as offering visitors the opportunity to experience the world’s best players going head-to-head.

For further information on the Golf Saudi Summit and to register interest, please visit www.golfsaudi.com/summit. For more information on the Saudi International, please visit www.golfsaudi.com


Setien plays down Messi and Griezmann uncertainty

Updated 04 July 2020

Setien plays down Messi and Griezmann uncertainty

  • Messi’s contract is due to expire next year

MADRID: Barcelona coach Quique Setien moved to ease concerns on Saturday about the futures of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.

Messi’s contract is due to expire next year and, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, the Argentinian has stopped talks due to frustrations with the direction the club is going in.

Asked about suggestions Messi plans to leave Barcelona, Setien said: “I won’t speculate about this because I haven’t heard from him so I’m not aware of him saying anything.

“I see him well, everything else is speculation that I won’t get involved in. We speak about what we have to speak about and nothing else.”

Griezmann’s position is also in doubt after a disappointing first season since joining from Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona play away at in-form Villarreal on Sunday, with Real Madrid sitting four points clear at the top of the table.

“He’s fine, I exchanged a few words with him. He’s a great professional. He understands the situation because he’s seen it before,” Setien said about Griezmann.

“It will not affect him because he is a very positive person. We can count on him 100 percent.”

Griezmann has started three of Barca’s last four matches on the bench, including the crunch games against Sevilla and Atletico, both of which Barcelona drew.

Setien described Griezmann as “unquestionable” last month.

“I was talking about hierarchies but I haven’t said he is unquestionable. Griezmann is a great player and important to the team,” said Setien.

“When he plays, you ask me about Ansu Fati and vice-versa. Not everyone can play.

“I am not ignorant, every club has its hierarchies but at a club like Barca where there are so many players, not everyone is able to play.”

Barca’s form, as well as suggestions of unrest in the dressing room, have placed scrutiny on Setien’s job.

He has a contract until 2022, with a break clause in 2021, but it remains to be seen if he is in charge for next season, or even the Champions League in August.

“I have experienced it other times,” said Setien, when asked about the uncertainty.

“It is not something I can control. This the circus that we are in and we accept it.

“I don’t exhaust myself by reading or listening to the noise around me.”

Frenkie de Jong is not available to face Villarreal as the midfielder is still nursing a calf injury. Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele are also out.