State media reported that Saudi Arabia declared a public holiday tomorrow following the soccer team’s 2-1 win over Argentina in the FIFA World Cup.
Saudi King Salman announced today that all public and private employees would be granted vacation tomorrow. Schools will also remain closed.
The move comes amid final exams in the Gulf nation, indicating they will have to be postponed.
Turki al-Sheikh, the adviser to the Royal Court and head of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Entertainment, announced on Twitter on Tuesday that admission fees would be waived at major theme parks and entertainment centres in the city on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia bounced back from conceding an early Lionel Messi penalty to produce one of the biggest shocks of the World Cup thanks to a Saleh Al-Shehri equalizer and a sublime Salem Al-Dawsari winner at Lusail Stadium of Doha.
Lionel Messi’s Argentina stumbled to a shock 1-2 defeat against Saudi Arabia, so their tournament started on the worst note possible. Just minutes into the second half, Saudi Arabia scored a stunning equaliser through Saleh Al Shehri. Then Salem Al Dawsari doubled the lead for his side, courtesy of a brilliant solo goal.
In the first half, Lionel Messi opened the scoring from the spot after VAR intervention saw Argentina earn a penalty against Saudi Arabia. Messi and Lautaro Martinez have seen multiple goals denied by offside flags. Credit to Saudi Arabia for not letting the game go out of their hands at half-time, with Argentina only being 1-0 up at the break.
Celebrations erupted across Riyadh after the final whistle, with fans forming impromptu dancing circles and waving the sword-emblazoned national flag from car windows at speed.