What Young Saudis Think About ‘Sportswashing’ Allegations

Standing in a luxury spectator stand on Saturday night, Abdullah Sarhan stared down at the newest track on the Formula 1 series, as the world’s top race-car drivers roared past in a blur, during this past weekend’s Grand Prix event.

His amazement was not the race itself. It was where it was happening: His home town of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

“For years, if we wante…

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World Cup Fans Try to Find Joy in Qatar

Asked why he chose to stay on the MSC Poesia, one of three huge cruise liners currently docked in Doha for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, Australia fan Rob Maurich gives a straightforward reply: “Alcohol.”

Liquor is heavily restricted in the tiny Gulf nation, available at certain times in luxury hotels and a single official FIFA Fan Festival where beer is only sold between 7 p.m. a…

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