Saudi Arabia will host the FIFA Club World Cup this year from December 12 to 22. The tournament was last held in Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates hosted the tournaments in 2020 and 2021. The international sports event has been held in Brazil, Japan, and Qatar in the past.
The Saudi national teams have participated in the competition five times, according to a report on Tuesday by Al Arabiya: al-Nasr in 2000, al-Ittihad in 2005, and al-Hilal in 2019–2021, and 2022.
Hosting major tournaments is a crucial part of the country's strategy to expand its sporting industry. The biggest soccer event on the continent, the Asian Cup, which takes place every four years, will be staged in Saudi Arabia in 2027.
The sport of football has received a lot of attention in Saudi Arabia during the past several months. Last year, the Saudi team beat Argentina in a historic match at the FIFA World Cup, and recently, Cristiano Ronaldo decided to join al-Nasr.
In recent years, the Kingdom has made a concerted effort to increase its investment in sports. This is part of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's plan to change the country's economy and standard of living. The plan is called Vision 2030.
Formula One, golf, boxing, and other big events are held throughout the country.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Faisal, who is the minister of sports, said last August that he was interested in hosting both the Asian Games and the Olympics in 2034.