On Tuesday, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation confirmed that Arabia will host the FIFA Club World Cup in 2023 from December 12–22.
The tournament was most recently hosted in Morocco, and in 2020 and 2021, the UAE will host the event. Many international sports events were also held in Brazil, Japan, and Qatar previously.
Al Arabiya said on Tuesday that Saudi national teams have competed in the competition five times: al-Nasr in 2000, al-Ittihad in 2005, and al-Hilal in 2019, 2021, and 2022.
A key component of the nation's plan to grow its athletic business is hosting large events. Saudi Arabia will host the continent's largest soccer competition, the Asian Cup, in 2027, which is held every four years.
In the past few months, football in Saudi Arabia has been getting a lot of attention. Most recently, Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo chose to join al-Nasr, and last year, the Saudi team beat Argentina in a historic match at the FIFA World Cup.
In the past few years, the Kingdom has put a lot of effort into trying to invest more in sports. This is part of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to improve the economy and standard of living by making it more diverse.
Several other events will also take place in the country, such as Formula One, high-profile golf and boxing promotions, and more.
The sports minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Faisal, said last August that he was interested in the Asian Games and Olympics in 2034.