Saudi Arabia declares public holiday to mark World Cup win over Argentina


By Nasir Isa

Saudi King Salman has declared Wednesday a national holiday after the football team  2-1 wins over Argentina.

According to the Al-Ekhbariya channel on Twitter, the monarch “orders that tomorrow, Wednesday, be a holiday for all employees in the public and private sectors, as well as male and female students at all educational levels.”

The decision comes in the midst of final exams in the Gulf country, implying that they will have to be rescheduled.

After the final whistle on Tuesday, the team fans formed impromptu dance circles and waved the sword-emblazoned national flag from the windows of speeding cars throughout the capital, Riyadh in celebration.

Al-Ekhbariya published photos of King Salman’s son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, celebrating after watching the game with a group that included energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman.

Turki al-Sheikh, an adviser at the Royal Court and head of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, announced on Twitter that admission fees would be waived at major theme parks and entertainment centres in Riyadh on Tuesday.

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