11 unmissable sporting events in Saudi this year

11 unmissable sporting events in Saudi this year

The Kingdom continues to emerge as a hub for international sporting events, and this year's calendar of events will see the arrival of even more sporting enthusiasts from around the world
09 February 24
Riyadh Season 2023 Sporting Events

From adrenaline-fuelled motorsport spectacles streamed around the world to thrilling boxing showdowns with international names on the bill and golf tournaments that have garnered world-wide attention, the Kingdom is fast becoming the go-to Middle Eastern destination for all premier sports events.

Supporting Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia is set to host an array of prestigious and exciting events that will redefine the landscape of sports, offering sports enthusiasts a diverse array of events in world-class facilities, the Kingdom has firmly secured its position in the calendars of enthusiasts from around the world.

Let's take a look at some of the more exciting events coming to the Kingdom this year:

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' Endurance Cup 2024

Type: Horse Racing - Endurance
When: February 10 & 11
Where: AlUla

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' Endurance Cup returns to the AlUla desert for a fifth year: taking place over two days, almost 200 jockeys and their steads will race against each other through 120 kilometres of desert sands and intense terrain of the AlUla region. Considered one of the toughest and most intense horse races both in the region and around the world, this is set to be an international gathering of the best of the best in endurance riding.

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The Saudi Cup 2024

Type: Horse Racing
When: February 23 & 24
Where: King Abdulaziz Racecourse, Riyadh

Over the course of two days, international thoroughbreds and the world-class jockeys will race against each other to win glory. The Saudi Cup 2024 has a total prize pot of USD$35 million on the line, but the real anticipation is for The World's Most Valuable Horse Race or what is often referred to as the World's Richest Race - where the winner will bag a prize of USD$20 million. As always the race series will culminate with exciting line up of musicians and djs taking to the stage.


Tough Mudder Infinity Challenge

Type: Endurance and Agility Obstacle Course
When: February 24
Where: AlUla Farms, AlUla

Described as the most intense Tough Mudder Challenge on the planet, the Infinity Challenge will see the most elite and fit competitors complete as many loops of the course as possible in an 8 hour time frame. Once the eight hour time cap has been reached, just one winner will be announced as the ultimate champion. If this isn't your thing, you can also complete the 5km loop or 10km loop with pals or for New Year's fitness challenge for yourself.


LIV Golf

Type: Golf
When: March 1 - 3
Where: Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah

Revitalising and reinvigorating the game of golf, LIV Golf takes on a fresh and innovative approach to the sport. With a number of competitions taking place throughout the year, this year's Saudi leg will take place in Jeddah, with big names such as John Rahm, Brooks Koepka and Bubba Watson all taking part.


Rally Jameel 2024

Type: Motor Sports - Off-roading
When: March 4 - 8
Where: Dakar, Hail and AlUla

Finishing on International Women's Day 2024, Rally Jameel is an all-female race is a thrilling exhibition of off-roading and navigation. Passing through five cities over five days, the route will vary anywhere from 300km to 400km per day and see teams of two accrue points to become the winners on the final day. Not just a race determined by speed, Rally Jameel a race that pivots on strategic thinking, precision navigation and team work.


Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2024

Type: Motor Sports - Formula 1
When: March 7 - 9
Where: Jeddah Corniche

The Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is gearing up for its third edition at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit. One of just a handful of street tracks, the Saudi leg of the Grand Prix is a highlight on the Formula 1 calendar. Nothing short of high-octane, this event sees drivers tackle a thrilling 6.175-kilometre circuit featuring 27 bends and turns, at triple digit speeds, demanding intense precision throughout the 50 laps.


Knock Out Chaos

Type: Boxing
When: March 8
Where: Kingdom Arena, Riyadh

Two-time heavyweight world champion, Anthony Joshua returns to the Kingdom Arena ring this March for a hotly anticipated clash with MMA champ, Francis Ngannou. Both Joshua and Ngannou have headlined fight titles in the 2023 calendar, including Riyadh Season's Day of Reckoning and Battle of the Baddest, respectively. Boxing fanatics are gearing up for ten powerful rounds of top-tier boxing.

@riyadhseason @francisngannou @anthonyjoshua


Type: Boxing
When: May 18
Where: Kingdom Arena, Riyadh

Ring of Fire (originally scheduled for February 17) will now take place on May 18 under the title of Undisputed. Undisputed will see the undefeated WBC Heavyweight Champion of the world, Tyson Fury clash against Unified Champion, Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk. Click here for everything you need to know about the new rescheduled date, and to see the belt created for the occasion.

@riyadhseason @tysonfury @usykaa

UFC Fight Night

Type: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
When: June 22
Where: Kingdom Arena, Riyadh

Mark your diaries for June 22, as the first-ever UFC Fight Night to take place in the Kingdom will take over the Kingdom Arena. Originally slated to take place on March 2, the fight-night was postponed to ensure the top international talent would be available to take part - however, the fight card remains unknown.

@riyadhseason @ufc

6 Kings Slam

Type: Tennis - Singles
When: October 2024
Where: Riyadh

As part of Riyadh Season, six internationally renowned tennis champions will go head-to-head in this one-off tennis exhibition, including Rafael Nadal, 24-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic and 2-time Grand Slam winner Carlos Alcaraz. The exact date and location of the event is yet to be confirmed.

@riyadhseason @turkialalshik

Next Gen ATP Finals 2024

Type: Tennis - Singles
When: December 18 - 22
Where: King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah

Over five days, the world’s top 20-and-under singles players of the ATP Tour season will battle it out to be declared the champion.