23 unmissable sporting events in Saudi this year

23 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:

Feb: 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.

@experiencealula @alulamoments

Feb: 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.


Feb: 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.


Mar: 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.


Mar: 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.


Mar: 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.


Mar: 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

Apr: FEI Equestrian World Cup Finals

Type: Dressage and Show Jumping
When: April 16 - 20
Where: Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center, Riyadh

An Olympic qualifying final for show jumping and dressage, 35 riders from around the world will compete in the show jumping competition whilst 17 riders competing in the dressage. Of course, alongside Olympic qualifications, winners will be in with a chance to win a portion of the €2.6 million or $2.7 million prize pot that is up for grabs.


Apr: AlUla Camel Cup 2024

Type: Camel Racing
When: April 24 - 27
Where: Mughayra Heritage Sports Village, AlUla

Taking place over the course of four days, the AlUla Camel Cup will see jockeys and camels taking on various distances, challenges and courses, from 5km and 8km races to the intense marathon-length events. Both male and female jockeys are set to compete in these races. Discover more here.


May: World Table Tennis Championship 'Saudi Smash' 2024

Type: Table Tennis
When: May 1- 11
Where: King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah

Elite, international table tennis stars will go head-to-head at the international championship, organised by the Saudi Table Tennis Federation, supervised by the Ministry of Sport, in cooperation with the World Table Tennis Organisation. With a four phased approach to elimination rounds, players (once they advance to the finals) will vie for titles in the five tournaments: men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles.

@wtt @saudismash

May: Undisputed 'Ring of Fire'

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

June: Four Crown Showdown

Type: Boxing
When: June 1
Where: Kingdom Arena, Riyadh

Set to be a fight-night to remember, the Four Crown Showdown will see Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol go head-to-head in a battle to see who will be the undisputed World Light Heavyweight Champion. Four championship belts are up for grabs, but there can be only one ultimate champ.

@riyadhseason @turkialalshik

June: 5 VS 5 Riyadh Season

Type: Boxing
When: June 1
Where: Kingdom Arena, Riyadh

Boxing icon Frank Warren is backing five elite boxers who will fight against Eddie Hearn's top five picks in this ultimate multi-headliner showdown. The "5 vs 5" showdown is one of the two exciting boxing events taking place on June 1. This event will showcase ten world champions from various weight divisions, each competing for the top belt in their respective classes to be declared champion.

hseason @turkialalshik

June: World Pool Championship 2024

Type: Pool (Snooker)
When: June 3 - 8
Where: Green Halls, Jeddah

The top 100 ranked professional pool players from around the world will visit Jeddah for the World Pool Championships. These top 100 players will be joined by 28 wildcard entries, of which 13 will represent the Kingdom. Taking place for the first time in Jeddah, the championship is part of the prestigious World Nineball Tour, and is being held in partnership with the Saudi Arabian Billiard & Snooker Federation and the Saudi Ministry of Sport.


June: 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

Aug: Riyadh Season Card LA

Type: Boxing, WBA and WBO World Super-Welterweight Title
When: August 3
Where: BMO Stadium, Los Angeles

Okay, so not quite an event happening in the Kingdom, but this boxing bout is worthy of a place on this list as it will be the first international debut for a Riyadh Season event. Riyadh Season Card will be a title bout between Undisputed Welterweight Champion, American Terence 'Bud' Crawford and WBA Super-Welterweight Champion, Israil Madrimov from Uzbekistan, where both men will fight for the coveted double title of WBA and WBO World Super-Welterweight Champion.

@riyadhseason @turkialalshik

Sept: Riyadh Season Card UK

Type: Boxing, IBF World Heavyweight Title
When: September 21
Where: Wembely Stadium, London

On the night of September 21, spectators from around the world will gather to watch two of UK's best professional boxers go head-to-head in the ring: Anthony Joshua will take on the Daniel Dubois for the title of IBF World Heavyweight champion and the glory of holding the belt. The exciting championship title event will be held at London's Wembley Stadium, and it will be just the second Riyadh Season title boxing bout to take place outside of the Kingdom

@riyadhseason @turkialalshik

Oct: 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

Oct: Saudi Games 2024

Type: Multi-Disciplinary Sports
When: October 7 - 17
Where: Various locations including Prince Faisal Bin Fahad Olympic Complex, Riyadh

The largest sporting event in the Kingdom, the Saudi Games returns for its third edition this October. Saudi's very own Olympics sees athletes from various regions of Saudi Arabia participate in a wide array of more than 50 individual and team sports, ranging from archery, athletics, and e-sports to golf and more.


Nov: WTA Finals 2024

Type: Tennis - Singles & Doubles
When: November 2 - 9
Where: Riyadh

The first of three editions taking places in Riyadh, the 2024 edition of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Finals will take place this November. The competition will feature the top 8 singles players and doubles teams, but who will be crowned the winner? To support WTA Finals, the Saudi Tennis Federation will offer record prize money of $15.25 million, which is only set to increase over the three year partnership.


Dec: PIF Saudi Internationals - Finales

Type: Golf Championships
When: December 4 - 7
Where: Riyadh Golf Club, Riyadh

The season finale of the Asian Tour and International Series, the PIF Saudi Internationals, this will be first ever professional men's golf tournament to be held in Saudi Arabia and the winner will secure a spot in the LIV Golf Series next year.


Dec: 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.


Dec: Fury v Usyk: The Rematch

Type: Boxing
When: December 21
Where: Kingdom Arena, Riyadh

Fury and Usyk will go glove-to-glove once again this December in a rematch announced just one week after Usyk's win. This match is set to coincide with the new celebratory period of Riyadh Season 2024-2025, and so, the title of Heavyweight Champion of the World will officially be up for grabs once again. May's Undisputed: Ring of Fire boxing match between Riyadh ring regular Tyson Fury, and Ukranian Oleksandr Usyk, resulted in Fury's first title bout loss, but marked another notch in the belt of consistent wins for Usyk.

Events to Look Forward to in 2025

Diriyah Formula E 2025: February 14 & 15, 2025

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Jeddah 2025: April 18 - 20, 2025

Dakar Rally 2025: May 18, 2025

FIBA Asia Basketball Cup 2025: August 5 - 17, 2025