Saudi Arabia to Host 16th Edition of Arab Games 2027

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi Minister of Sports and President of the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees, thanked the Arab delegations who participated in the 16th edition of the Arab Games. Saudi Arabia will host the 2027 edition.

During the closing ceremony of the 15th edition, the minister expressed his gratitude to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince, for their great support. He also expressed his pleasure and honor to welcome all participants to the next edition in Saudi Arabia.

The minister commended Algeria for its kind hospitality and generous care in hosting the Arab Games this year. Saudi teams won 47 medals, including 14 Olympic and 3 Paralympic games, breaking the previous record of 45 medals in the 2011 tournament in Doha.

The Arab world’s most prestigious sporting event, the Pan-Arab Games, returned to Algeria after a 12-year hiatus. The games, which were held in Algiers, Oran, Constantine, Annaba, and Tipaza, featured athletes from 22 Arab nations.

This year’s games marked the 13th time that the Pan-Arab Games have been held, with the first games being organized in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1953. The games were cancelled in 2015 and 2019, but they have otherwise been held every four years since their inception. Women first competed in the Pan-Arab Games in 1985, at the sixth edition of the games, which were held in Rabat, Morocco.

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