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Become Stronger, Healthier and More Confident with Martial Arts

Details of the latest Blue Wave Club Martial Arts are below:

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Jeddah Youth Baseball League

Thanks to Amy for letting us know about this event. Registration is now open for the Jeddah Youth Baseball League. Details are in the flyer below:

Jeddah Youth Baseball League Registration

Dinner in Honour of Shahid Afridi

Since our last blog post on Pakistani cricket icon Shahid Afridi’s visit to Jeddah, we have had numerous comments and emails from readers asking for more information. We can now share further details with you, thanks to our friend and SCC advisor Rohail Khan.

Le Meridien Hotel in Jeddah was the venue for a dinner in honour of former captain Shahid Afridi, and hosted by the Saudi Cricket Centre (SCC) on Thursday 17th January 2012. Shahid Afridi disclosed that he was impressed by the seniors’ trials and said that the SCC “is breaking new grounds for the development of cricket in the Kingdom”. He went on to add, “I am impressed by the senior players here. As for the under-19 group, it needs more attention, coaching and training”.


L to R: Tahseem Haqqi (Vice Consul (Welfare) Pakistan Consulate Jeddah), Rohail Khan, Shahid Afridi and Junaid Khan (Pakistan Consulate Jeddah).

Rohail Khan presented ajrak shawls, bouquets and souvenir gifts to Shahid Afridi, Iqbal Sikander, Tahseem Haqqi, Hasan Kabir, and Nadeem Nadwi in acknowledgement of their services to promote cricket in Saudi Arabia.


Rohail Khan presenting gifts to Shahid Afridi amidst the gathering of VIPs.


Shahid Afridi in Jeddah!

Sporting fans will be excited to learn that cricket star Shahid Afridi is currently on a visit to Saudi Arabia to spot talent for the Saudi Cricket Center (SCC). We can reveal that the talent selection will be held in four cities across Saudi Arabia from 15th – 21st January 2013 (Jeddah, Yanbu, Riyadh and Dammam) and the talent hunt in Jeddah will be held on the 16th and 17th of January.

Rohail standing next to cricket superstar Shahid Afridi on his current visit to the Kingdom.

Enthuses Shahid Afridi: “I am very glad I will be able to perform an instrumental role in finding out the best cricket talent from all over the Kingdom”.

Rohail Khan, a senior banker with a keen interest in culture and philanthropy, is supporting the cricket talent promotion in consultation with Shahid Afridi as SCC Advisor. Rohail discloses to Jeddah Blog that other cricketing heroes and socialites will be engaged in the future to promote and develop cricket in Saudi Arabia.

“Developing a strong well-trained “Saudi National Cricket Team” will enhance the Kingdom’s international image and would be beneficial for Saudi and expatriate cricket players and cricket lovers,” asserts Rohail.

How To Register

All cricket players (residents of Saudi Arabia), regardless of age or nationality, from all cricket clubs and leagues (whether affiliated with SCC or not) are equally entitled to participate and compete for the selection. If you are interested in participating in the try-outs then register on this dedicated site.

Jeddah Blog wishes all the best to Rohail and the SCC on this excellent initiative, and will continue to keep you all informed on the progress made by the SCC. Be sure to check back with us regularly for updates.

Massive Puma Competition

A couple of weeks ago we announced that we’d be hosting a very exclusive competition at the Blog. There was much excitement and anticipation, and we are now finally able to give you the details. We are also thrilled that Jeddah Blog is the only blog in Jeddah to be given a chance to host this amazing contest!

We’re giving you, dear Reader, the chance to win a Puma Collector’s item! World’s leading sports retailer Puma is giving away a massive shoe from the Puma EvoSpeed collection. This was inspired by the fastest man in the world and is a groundbreaking collection that answers every athlete’s need for speed. This model (which is about 2 feet long) is 100% exclusive to the Middle East and not available for sale anywhere!
The shoe on the right is an adult shoe. The HUGE one on the left is the collector's item you can win!

The shoe on the right is an adult shoe. The HUGE one on the left is the collector’s item you can win!

To get your hands on it, follow these simple steps:
1. Follow this blog by clicking on the ‘Follow’ button to the right of this blog post.
2. Email your answer to the question below to
3. Leave a comment at the end of this post.
We mentioned that the EvoSpeed collection was inspired by the fastest man in the world. Who is he? 
a.) Tyson Gay
b.) Usain Bolt
c.) Nesta Carter
Please note: Participants must be living in Saudi Arabia and must be able to either provide a delivery address, or arrange pickup of the prize in Jeddah. The last date to get your entries in is Monday, 10th December 2012 and the winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries. The model of the shoe the winner will receive will be extremely similar, but may not be identical to the one in the photo as there are four different models in the collection.
Special thanks to Puma and to Razan Karim at Sticky Ginger.
The results are out. The winning name can be found here.

Saudi Paintball

Young fellow blogger, and incredibly talented artist  Soraya Darwish is forever planning paintball sessions with her friends, this post is thanks to her enthusiastic status updates. We haven’t been there, but we plan to explore. Meanwhile, we’re pointing you in the right direction for what looks like unbeatable weekend group fun. If you have any wisdom to add to this, please write in at

(Above) Image from (Below) Images from and facebook group for Saudi Paintball

For Cobone deals on Saudi Paintball, see

For location, see map here

Jeddah Basketball Championship

Exciting possibilities for outdoor recreation have recently been on the rise in the Kingdom. Jeddah’s very own basketball championship is here. How many of you are taking part?

Come on, young readers, rise to the challenge, and be part of this exciting championship. Thank you to our reader Toni Riethmaier for providing the lead for this event.

32 Teams will compete to win Jeddah Basketball Championship. Come and join our Audience competitions and win valuable prizes.

Entrance for free

The first 200 guests will be eligible to participate in the audience competitions.

32 teams will be divided into eight
groups; each group consists of four teams. The Group Stage will be
completed in the first two days January 25-26, 2012

The top two teams from each group will qualify to
the Knockout Stage. This stage will start and end on the on the third and final
day January 27

Please check the facebook event for details

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