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Saudi Arabia Storms the World of Football

Saudi Arabia's successful bid to host the 2034 World Cup and aggressive recruitment of top players from elite football clubs across Europe mark another audacious play for state-financed entry into global sports.

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Football’s Coming Home: Saudi League and Fan Base Get a Big Boost

The Saudi Public Investment Fund’s recent moves in golf and football showcase Saudi Arabia’s increasing interest in turning sports into a cornerstone of the kingdom’s transformation agenda.

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Picking Up Speed: The Rise of Futsal in Bahrain

The Bahrain Futsal Academy, co-founded by Ebrahim Khalil Al Mohammed, rallied its community around a first-of-its-kind youth Ramadan futsal tournament – and it’s only just getting started.

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Charting a Path for Cycling the Arab World

Kuwaiti cyclist Abdulrahman Alkhamees hopes to make Arab countries the world’s newest cycling destinations while encouraging audiences to learn about local riders.

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Palestine Activism in the World Cup

Actions of fans at the World Cup have brought world attention to the issue of Palestine, a result both of activism in Qatar in the run-up to the tournament and a lack of popular enthusiasm in the region to normalizing relations with Israel.

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The 2022 World Cup is a Win for GCC Cooperation

For many of Qatar’s neighbors, the World Cup has been an economic boon, potentially paving the way for future cooperation.

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Qatar’s World Cup Increases Gulf Cooperation Despite Recent Rift

Easing away from its embrace of controversial regional political positions, Qatar refreshes its regional and international branding with soft power tourism, sports, and labor reforms.

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Qatar's World Cup and Public Art: Expanding the Field of Dialogue

As Qatar gears up to host the FIFA World Cup in November, Qatar Museums is ensuring that visitors get a taste of the country’s cultural scene through new public art installations.

Erdogan Politically Wounded But Still Turkey’s Dominant Power

Opposition success in Turkey’s local elections is an unprecedented rebuke to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. While his constitutional power and dominance of the judiciary remain intact, Erdogan is probably in his final term and will find domestic and foreign initiatives somewhat more complicated.

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