Claire Louise Armes

Claire Louise Armes

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Diriyah Gate is the birthplace of the Saudi Kingdom and was the original home of the Saudi Royal Family. Today it is a 19th century UNESCO World Heritage site which is set to attract thousands of tourists as part of Saudi Arabia’s vision 2030. His Majesty King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud launched the opening ceremony of Diriyah Gate with a visual spectacular show.
On the 16th January 2020 the grand finale of Riyadh Season, ‘Leila, The Land Of Imagination’ took place at the capitals King Fahd Stadium. The spectacular event, created by Marco Balich and his all-female creative team from BWS, captured the essence of Saudi Arabia through an adventurous 10-year old lead character, Leila, symbolising the next generation of Saudis who will experience the realities of the changing kingdom, established by Vision 2030.
History was made when the first-ever heavyweight title fight took place in Saudi Arabia’s custom-built 15,000 seater arena in Riyadh on the 7th December 2019. The tense rematch saw Anthony Joshua become a two-time world heavyweight champion with a unanimous victory over Andy Ruiz Jr.
The IAAF World Athletics Championships made history when it took its tournament to the Middle East for the first time since the inaugural event in 1983. The 10-day competition is one of the largest sporting events in the world and saw nearly 2000 athletes from 209 countries compete. The 17th edition of the event took place at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha and saw some fantastic performances and record-breaking results.
Qasr Al Watan ‘Palace of the Nation’ is the UAE’s newest cultural landmark situated in the presidential palace compound in Abu Dhabi. It was opened to the public on Monday 11th March with the aim to give visitors a deeper understanding of the UAE’s values and traditions while preserving the heritage of the country. The opening of Qasr Al Watan is aligned with the UAE’s Vision 2021 to become a knowledge-based economy.
The Jeddah World Festival Closing Ceremony which took place on the 18th July was the first of its kind and saw acts such as Janet Jackson, Liam Payne, Future, Tyga, 50 Cent, Chris Brown and Steve Aoki perform. The closing ceremony marked the end of the 41-day festival, which comprised of a series of events to include performances from national and international artists.
On the 5th January 2019, The AFC Asian Cup returned to the UAE for the second time since 1996 and, for the first time in history, the month-long tournament saw 24 teams take part. It is the largest sporting tournament the UAE have ever hosted and took place over eight football stadiums across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain and Sharjah. 
The European Tour made history this year when it took its tournament to Saudi Arabia for the first time in its 47 years of running. The groundbreaking event took place at the Royal Greens golf course in King Abdullah Economic City on the 31st January and ran until the 3rd of February.  The Inaugural Saudi International was not only a first of its kind, but it was also the first time any Saudi Arabian National had participated in a European Tour event. The tournament made headlines worldwide as the event was set to make a big impact.