Located on the eastern side of Riyadh, the King Fahd International Stadium is a two-tier, circular Olympic stadium capable of seating 70,000 people.
Designed by British based architects John Roberts & partners, the stadium is famous for its unique roof design which provides shade to each and every seat inside the ground over an area of 47,000 square feet.
With its tent-like roof structure giving it a magnificent crown, you can see it from miles away; but one of the best views you can get of it may well be as you fly in to Riyadh.
The 24 teflon-coated fibreglass roof masts, arranged around a 247 metre diameter circle, cantilever 56 metres over the seating area, providing shade to spectators.
Fans of the FIFA Video Game series will undoubtedly recognise this stadium as it has been included in ever version of the game since FIFA 13. King Fahd International became a popular stadium to use online in the Ultimate Team mode due to the zero probability of inclement weather conditions!
BTW, King Fahd (full name Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, (Arabic: فهد بن عبد العزيز السعود Fahd ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azīz Āl Sa‘ūd) was the King of Saudi Arabia from 1982 to 2005.
One of thirty-seven sons of Saudi founder Ibn Saud, and the fourth of his six sons who have ruled the Kingdom (Saud, Faisal, Khalid, Fahd, Abdullah and Salman), Fahd ascended to the throne on the death of his half-brother, King Khalid, on 13 June 1982.
Fahd was appointed Crown Prince when Khalid succeeded their half-brother King Faisal, who was assassinated in 1975. Fahd was viewed as the de facto prime minister during King Khalid’s reign in part due to the latter’s ill health.
Fahd suffered a debilitating stroke in 1995, after which he was unable to continue performing his full official duties. His half-brother, Abdullah, the country’s Crown Prince, served as de facto regent of the kingdom and succeeded Fahd as monarch upon his death in August 2005.
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Like so many towns on the Adriatic, Monopoli's history has been thoroughly influenced by its east-facing position and its fortified sea-front walls and castle tell many a story.
Parking in or around Piazza XX Settembre, location of a colourful street market, head east towards the cathedral. To find it just look upwards and you are sure to see its elegantly conceived bell tower thrusting into the sky. Built in 1693, the tower is over 60 metres high, completely dominating the town below.