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First Saudi Women Football League

First Saudi Women Football League

Saudi female football teams are getting ready to start playing in the first Saudi Female Football League (WFL). The league was set to start in October after being launched in February 2020 by the Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA). Two years after women were...

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Saudis in Lockdown

Saudis in Lockdown

At first, I could not grasp the depression that overcame me with the gradual lockdown. I tried to reason with myself, but still continued feeling trapped.

Like many other cities in the world, Dubai went into lockdown. The closure happened gradually, making it easier for citizens to adjust overtime in anticipation of the upcoming situation, thus avoiding the shock of an instant shutdown.

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The 1979 Grand Mosque Seizure – 40 Years Later (Part 2)

The 1979 Grand Mosque Seizure – 40 Years Later (Part 2)

In the siege of Makkah in 1979, many of Juhayman’s followers were theology students at the Islamic University of Medinah. There, Juhayman had joined a fundamentalist Salafi group that was headed by the renowned Sheikh bin Baz. The group’s followers preached for a return to Islam in its original form in mosques in Saudi Arabia fearing no arrests; the government was reluctant to confront religious extremists underestimating the danger of this group. When Juhayman, al-Qahtani and other group members were locked up as troublemakers in 1978 for the first time, the religious authorities investigated them for heresy, but decided that they were traditionalists and should be released and no serious allegations to keep them jailed.

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My First Visit to a Football Match in Jeddah

Al-Ittihad is my football team from Jeddah. I grew up in a family that sees the world through yellow and black (our team’s colors). It’s called “Dean of Saudi Football” because it is the oldest club, having been founded in the 1920s. The history of Al-Ittihad is filled with trophies and wins. Today, they are playing against AlTawaoun from Tabouk in the final game for the Crown Prince’s Cup. It’s a particularly important game because Al-Ittihad faced difficult financial times in the last two years, resulting in the team being in 13th place out of 16 in the Saudi Football League. Energy and enthusiasm were low as the team was facing the Second league.

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