Global Autonomous Corporation (GAC), a Subsidiary of Alpine 4 Holdings Nasdaq: (ALPP), Obtains First of its Kind Three-Part License with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority for GAC to Deploy the Company’s Autonomous Mesh Fulfillment Network in Dubai, UAE

PHOENIX, AZ / ACCESSWIRE / May 9, 2023 / Alpine 4 Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALPP), a leading operator and owner of small market businesses, announced that its subsidiary, Global Autonomous Corporation (GAC) has obtained the first of its kind three-part license approval with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) for GAC to deploy the Company’s Autonomous Mesh Fulfillment Network in Dubai, UAE.

Over the past year, the Company has been actively looking for locations around the world to build out its GAC Mesh Fulfillment Network to be paired with Vayu Aerospace’s G1-MKII VTOL drone and the future US-2 drone platforms. Additionally, each platform will utilize some of the world’s first production ready, Solid-State Batteries supplied by Elecjet Power Cells (a subsidiary of ALPP).

Kent Wilson, CEO of Alpine 4 and Global Autonomous Corporation had this to say, “This three-part license is crucial to GAC’s success, and the Company is grateful for our local UAE consulting firm, Ghani Consulting, who has been working with the esteemed Dubai Civil Aviation Authority on evaluating and granting our license. It is the Company’s understanding that the Dubai Government will only be issuing limited licenses to companies seeking autonomous delivery by drone, with GAC now holding one of them, and with our specific 3-part license being the first of its kind. Of the licensees, GAC has been identified as the only company utilizing a kiosk-based mesh fulfillment network (GMFN) within its deployment strategy. The GMFN is meant to serve as more than mere “package hubs”, with a focus on job creation through the build-out of the kiosks and the employment of staff to operate them.

The future of autonomous delivery of goods is one of the next great hurdles to overcome. Companies solving this problem will face a litany of issues ranging from regulatory restrictions to user integration, to airframe technologies capable of overcoming economies of scale. At Global Autonomous Corporation, we are solving these problems and combined with the forward-thinking citizens of Dubai, we are set to change the world together!

3 Part Licensed Activities:

Helicopter Landing Pad (Helipad) Installation-(452029/4210005): “Includes constructing and installing fixed and temporary platforms for helicopters landing, whether on the ground, high rise buildings, oil platforms, including installing all the equipment that enable the safe landing.” This license will allow the Company to build its mesh kiosk system with landing pads for its drones throughout the city of Dubai.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone) Service-(100054/5229014) Includes firms operating unmanned (U A V) and drones to provide various aerial services such as aerial photography, aerial advertising, air show photogrammetry Inspection, surveillance, spraying seeds and fertilizer wildlife protection weather forecasting, firefighting, etc.” This license allows GAC and its fleet of autonomous drones to fly in the airspace above Dubai for the delivery of packages.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drone) Trading-(519017/4773713): Includes reselling unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and Drones controlled by the remote control of a pilot on the ground in order to use for survey, still and video imaging, mapping and inspection.” This license will allow for the Company to expand its service offering to other partners, Joint Ventures, and Corporations in the UAE who need GAC’s service offerings.

About Global Autonomous Corporation: Global Autonomous Corporation’s (GAC) mission is direct and resolute. Create a simple, pleasant, and meaningful user experience to deliver goods autonomously.

About Alpine 4 Holdings: Alpine 4 Holdings, Inc. is a Nasdaq traded Holding Company (trading symbol: ALPP) that acquires business, wholly, that fit under one of several portfolios: Aerospace, Defense Services, Technology, Manufacturing or Construction Services as either a Driver, Stabilizer or Facilitator from Alpine 4’s disruptive DSF business model. Alpine 4 works to vertically integrate the various subsidiaries with one another even if from different industries. Alpine 4 understands the nature of how technology and innovation can accentuate a business, focusing on how the adaptation of new technologies, even in brick-and-mortar businesses, can drive innovation. Alpine 4 also believes that its holdings should benefit synergistically from each other, have the ability to collaborate across varying industries, spawn new ideas, and create fertile ground for competitive advantages.

Four principles at the core of our business are Synergy. Innovation. Drive. Excellence. At Alpine 4, we believe synergistic innovation drives excellence. By anchoring these words to our combined experience and capabilities, we can aggressively pursue opportunities within and across vertical markets. We deliver solutions that not only drive industry standards, but also increase value for our shareholders.


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Other factors that may affect our businesses include global economic trends, competition and geopolitical risks, including changes in the rates of investment or economic growth in key markets we serve, or an escalation of sanctions, tariffs or other trade tensions between the U.S. and China or other countries, and related impacts on our businesses’ global supply chains and strategies; market developments or customer actions that may affect demand and the financial performance of major industries and customers we serve, such as secular, cyclical and competitive pressures in our Technology, Construction and Manufacturing businesses; pricing, the timing of customer investment and other factors in these markets; demand for our products or other dynamics related to the COVID-19 pandemic; conditions in key geographic markets; and other shifts in the competitive landscape for our products and services; changes in law, regulation or policy that may affect our businesses, such as trade policy and tariffs, regulation and the effects of tax law changes; our decisions about investments in research and development, and new products, services and platforms, and our ability to launch new products in a cost-effective manner; our ability to increase margins through implementation of operational changes, restructuring and other cost reduction measures; the impact of actual or potential failures of our products or third-party products with which our products are integrated, and related reputational effects; the impact of potential information technology, cybersecurity, or data security breaches at Alpine 4, our subsidiaries or third parties; and the other factors that are described in “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, as updated in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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StoneX Global Payments & TIS Partner to Offer Enhanced FX Payment Services for Corporate Treasury & Finance Teams

This partnership enables simplified access to global markets and optimized cross border payments for corporate treasury and finance professionals.

BERLIN KÖPENICK, GERMANY / ACCESSWIRE / May 9, 2023 / Today, StoneX Global Payments and TIS have formally announced an official partnership agreement. Under the arrangement, StoneX and TIS will combine their extensive experience in cross-border payments and cloud-native payment solutions to create an unparalleled level of global service and coverage for corporate treasury and finance teams.

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The partnership, which leverages both companies’ comprehensive industry knowledge and market-leading software solutions, enables corporate clients to drastically simplify the complexity of cross-border and foreign exchange payments. As a result, treasury and finance professionals can gain total visibility over their FX transactions, as well as full transparency to FX rates before transfers are initiated and executed. Ultimately, this gives corporate clients a more cost-effective and straightforward workflow for their FX payments, as well as increased protection against currency risks and other common international payment challenges. Today, the service provides a gateway into global markets across 140+ currencies and 180+ countries, allowing clients to choose the right payment option in each scenario with a guaranteed payment delivery of 48 hours or less.

“Teaming up with TIS unites their offering in key areas of corporate clients with our strengths in global payment solutions and technology. This enables our customers not only to leverage efficiency and automation potentials but also to benefit from cost savings in the local currency business. We are looking forward to a fruitful partnership with TIS”, said Marc Joppeck, Head of Sales & StoneX Payments Division Germany & Corporate Payments Europe.

The strong connectivity between TIS and their customers’ back-office systems and banks, following a multi-channel banking approach across any preferred network, makes payment processes streamlined, secure, and efficient. Both TIS and StoneX Global Payments have strong SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) partnerships and are fully compatible with ISO 20022, as well as the full scope of other messaging standards in use today. This means StoneX Global Payments and TIS can offer fully integrated and automated end-to-end processes regardless of the unique requirements presented by specific clients.

Regarding the benefits of this partnership, Jörg Wiemer, Co-founder and CSO at TIS, stated: “The collaboration with StoneX Global Payments enables our customers to significantly reduce FX payments costs and to further streamline cross-border payment processes. With automated, ERP-integrated processes as well as full transparency on cash flows and FX rates and 140+ currency options, and guaranteed delivery within 48 hours, together with StoneX Global Payments, we can offer unmatched services that allow our customers fast and efficient simple access to global markets. We’re excited to push this collaboration further.”

In recent months, StoneX Global Payments and TIS have already proven that the benefits their partnership provides to organizations are critically important. As of October 2022, TIS clients including the award-winning non-profit organization IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) are leveraging the FX payment solution to achieve substantial cost-savings over their previous setup. The partnership continues to deliver outstanding results for many other clients as well.

Moving forward, the combined strength of StoneX Global Payments and TIS is expected to continue creating enhanced global market access and optimized FX strategies, resulting in a partnership that consistently delivers maximum value to corporate clients.

About TIS

TIS helps CFOs (Chief Financial Officers), Treasurers, and Finance teams transform their global cash flow, liquidity, and payment functions. Since 2010, our award-winning cloud platform and best-in-class service model have empowered the entire office of the CFO to collaborate more effectively and attain maximum efficiency, automation, and control. By streamlining connectivity between our customers’ back-office systems and their worldwide banks, vendors, and business partners, TIS enables users to achieve superior performance in key areas surrounding cash forecasting, working capital, outbound payments, financial messaging, fraud prevention, payment compliance, and more.

With over 11,000 banking options, $80 billion in daily cash managed, and $2.5 trillion in annual transaction volume, TIS has a proven track record of combining our unparalleled market expertise with tailored client and community feedback to drive digital transformation for companies of all sizes and industries. As a result, hundreds of organizations and thousands of practitioners rely on TIS daily to gain strategic advantage, monetize data, improve operational efficiency, and better manage risk. Learn more at

About StoneX Global Payments

StoneX Global Payments is a product of the StoneX Group and specializes in cross-border payments. We offer tailor-made foreign exchange and payment services for corporates, NGOs, and financial institutions worldwide. Our global network of 350+ correspondent banks help us deliver transparent, secure, and guaranteed payments in more than 140 currencies across 180+ countries. Clients are able to gain access to our services through a highly scalable, efficient, and advanced payment platform that is easy to use.

StoneX Group Inc. and its subsidiaries are a leading provider of execution, risk management, advisory, market information, and clearing services for various asset classes and markets worldwide. Learn more at or

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VP Marketing

Marc Joppeck
Head of Sales & StoneX Payments Division Germany & Corporate Payments Europe



Consumers across the globe desire humanized experiences when navigating the insurance industry

Duck Creek Technologies launches the second edition of the Global Consumer Insurance Insights survey of over 2,000 global consumers, aimed at refining the strategies that bring insurers closer to consumers worldwide

Boston / London, May 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Duck Creek Technologies, the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance, has proudly published its second annual benchmark survey, the 2023 Global Consumer Insurance Insights. The survey reveals strong demand from global consumers for humanized insurance purchasing, switching and communication experiences through digital channels.

The 2023 wave of research – which is being launched at the Duck Creek Technologies Formation ‘23 event for customers and partners from May 8-10, was conducted independently by Research in Finance for Duck Creek Technologies and surveyed over 2,000 policyholders across 13 countries, all of whom held at least one insurance policy.

Aimed at refining the strategies that bring insurers closer to consumers worldwide, this year’s survey is more extensive than the inaugural 2022 edition, with more questions and responses from policyholders across more countries. The survey provides insights for carriers, reflecting consumer preferences and awareness of innovation opportunities, purchasing, and communication methods.

Key findings from the survey include:


  • 93% of consumers are confident they have the proper coverage, irrespective of which channel they used to purchase the insurance policy.
  • Once a policy is in place, 44% of consumers prefer human interaction (2022: 35%). At the same time, however, interest in app/WhatsApp usage for buying and switching insurance also increased year-over-year.
  • 46% of global consumers are unaware of embedded insurance. Of those who were aware (37%), almost half said they trust it because of product or retailer quality. Those who do not trust it (26%) find embedded insurance unnecessary and expensive. Those who are unsure (29%) require more information, having had little experience with embedded insurance.

The survey reveals significant positives for insurance providers and clearly shows they are getting it right in many areas. However, it also highlights areas where insurers must reflect and improve further – including bolstering global consumer confidence and trust in insurance.

According to Jess Keeney, Chief Product & Technology Officer at Duck Creek, “As the insurance industry continues to evolve, it is crucial for providers to listen to the needs and preferences of their customers. The 2023 Duck Creek Technologies benchmark survey provides invaluable insights into consumer behaviors and trends, highlighting the areas where insurers can maximize accessibility, accelerate speed to market, and differentiate competitively.”

While the survey shows that carriers around the world are responding quickly to consumer demand for more relevant and timely products and services, it also reveals that a significant number of consumers prefer a humanized experience when interacting with their insurance providers. This emphasizes the importance of exploring ground-breaking and varying communication options to meet the needs of diverse customers.

Keeney adds, “It is encouraging to see that despite the challenging economic environment, people are re-evaluating their insurance needs and considering a wider range of products. Mobile and gadget insurance, travel insurance, and embedded insurance are being purchased more frequently than other types of insurance.

Duck Creek’s 2023 survey is a vital resource for insurance providers, offering unique insights into customer perceptions and highlighting the next opportunities for innovation. We urge providers to delve deeply into the results and continue pushing the frontiers of the insurance industry forward.”

Research in Finance Head of Research, Karen Scott, added, “In the insurance industry, listening to consumers is essential for success. As the Global Consumer Insurance Insights Survey 2023 demonstrates, primary research capturing changing behaviors, user feedback, and satisfaction is invaluable to help inform insurance company strategies, new product development, marketing, and communications plans. Insurers now have access to significant data sets to compare year-on-year, creating a true benchmark series of reports we are proud to support. Ultimately, insurers who prioritize listening to and understanding their consumers will come out on top.”

The 2023 Global Consumer Insurance Insights Survey highlights four key calls to action for insurers:

  1. Maximize accessibility of insurance products to consumers across channels
  2. Accelerate speed to market with the SaaS model
  3. Humanize the consumer experience through digital channels
  4. Leverage the SaaS ecosystem to differentiate competitively

Download the 2023 Global Consumer Insurance Insights Survey here.

About Duck Creek Technologies
Duck Creek Technologies is the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of the property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance industry. We are the platform upon which modern insurance systems are built, enabling the industry to capitalize on the power of the cloud to run agile, intelligent, and evergreen operations. Authenticity, purpose, and transparency are core to Duck Creek, and we believe insurance should be there for individuals and businesses when, where, and how they need it most. Our market-leading solutions are available on a standalone basis or as a full suite, and all are available via Duck Creek OnDemand. Visit to learn more. Follow Duck Creek on our social channels for the latest information – LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Duck Creek Technologies
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Mosa Meat Prepares for Market Entry by Opening Largest Cultivated Meat Campus in the World to date and Working with Two Michelin-starred Chef Hans van Wolde

MAASTRICHT, The Netherlands, May 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mosa Meat, the pioneers in the cultivated meat space that grow beef directly from animal cells, opened a new 2,760 square metre (29,708 square feet) scale-up facility in Maastricht on Monday. This fourth facility completes the new Mosa C.A.M.P.U.S. or Center for Advanced Meat Production, Upscaling, and Sustainability for a total footprint of 7,340 square metres (79,007 square feet).

Monday’s program included a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mayor of Maastricht Annemarie Penn-te Strake, the Governor of Limburg Emile Roemer, and the Mosa Meat team, a cultivated burger cooking demonstration by Chef Hans van Wolde, and tours of the new facility. A select group of 50 investors, journalists and value chain partners from around the world attended the event. The new facility will start the first production runs in a matter of days.

Mosa Meat CEO Maarten Bosch said: “As this scale-up facility comes online next month, we will have the capacity to make tens of thousands of cultivated hamburgers. The facility is designed to grow as demand increases with regulatory approvals and regional market entries, up to hundreds of thousands of cultivated hamburgers per year. And in combination with our contract manufacturer in Singapore, even a lot more. We are excited to debut this great tasting hamburger today that even hardcore carnivores will love.” 

Mosa Meat Co-founder & CSO Dr. Mark Post said: “When we introduced cultivated meat to the world, we predicted it would take 10 years to create a consumer product. Now, almost exactly 10 years later, we have a consumer product that we can start making in larger quantities and that we can start serving to consumers in Singapore, pending regulatory approval” said Mark Post, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Mosa Meat.

Chef Hans van Wolden said: “When I first tried a Mosa Burger as part of the internal development team, I was blown away by the beefy taste and the amazing mouthfeel of the beef fat. It gave me goosebumps. I genuinely believe this new way of making beef can delight connoisseurs and casual beef lovers alike, while enjoying the positive benefits of cultivated beef from a sustainability perspective. I am excited to work with the Mosa Meat team to make future versions even better. 


Mosa Meat is a global food technology company pioneering a cleaner, kinder way of making real beef. Our founders introduced the world’s first cultivated beef hamburger in 2013, by growing it directly from cow cells. Founded in 2016, Mosa Meat is now scaling up production of the same beef that people love, but in a way that is better for people, animals, and the planet. A diverse and growing team of 165 food-loving problem-solvers, we are united in our mission to fundamentally reshape the global food system. Headquartered in Maastricht, The Netherlands, Mosa Meat is a privately held company backed by Blue Horizon, Bell Food Group, Nutreco, Mitsubishi Corporation, Leonardo DiCaprio and others. Follow Mosa Meat on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram or visit to learn more about why people #cravechange.

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Chef Hans is a Dutch 2-Michelin star chef who converted an old farmhouse outside Maastricht into his restaurant Brut172. Previouslyhe was the chef owner of 2-star restaurant Beluga in Maastricht and has been featured on TV shows like MasterChef and Snackmasters. He has formally joined Mosa Meat’s product development, sensory evaluation and recipe formulation team to complement Mosa Meat’s internal team of food scientists.


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Mosa Meat

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Asian shares traded mixed Tuesday, Associated Press reported.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 1.1% to 29,254.37. Australia’s SandP/ASX 200 slipped 0.2% to 7,263.80. South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.2% to 2,508.30. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.6% to 20,177.55, while the Shanghai Composite edged up 0.3% to 3,406.03.

In energy trading, benchmark US crude fell 28 cents to $72.88 a barrel. Brent crude, the international price benchmark, lost 32 cents to $76.69 a barrel.

In currency trading, the US dollar inched down to 134.93 Japanese yen from 135.04 yen. The euro cost $1.0990, down from $1.1008.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

PM attends 26th Jordanian International Dental Conference

Prime Minister, Bisher Khasawneh on Tuesday attended the 26th Jordanian International Dental Conference entitled (From Success to Excellence). Dentists from Jordan, delegations and experts from Arab and foreign countries participated in the conference, which was organized by the Jordanian Dental Association (JDA). JDA President, Azem Qaddumi, stressed the importance of the JDA’s efforts to improve the skill level of its members and provide them with scientific and medical developments regarding the dentistry. Qaddumi, the president of the conference, said the JDA is part of Arab associations, and that the meeting that the Arab dental associations will hold on Thursday, on the sidelines of the conference, and he expressed hope that the meeting would lead to introduce the Arab medical education system, which constitutes a leap in continuing medical education. For his part, head of JDA Scientific Committee, Muhammad Hammo, said that this conference is the largest in the history of the JDA, which will host 49 international lecturers from 25 countries and 35 Jordanian lecturers. It also includes 14 workshops in which 250 dentists participate. Health Minister Firas Hawwari, Senators, MPs, group of dentists and stakeholders attended the conference.

Source: Jordan News Agency

US Assistant Secretary of Defense stresses importance of cooperation with Jordan

US Assistant Secretary of Defense Celeste Wallander for International Security Affairs, said Jordan is a key and strategic partner in the region. “We see Jordan as a key and strategic partner in the region, and the US defense relations with it are based on cooperation that dates back for many years, and that the annual joint drills are the best example of that and they are one of the reasons for my visit to Jordan,” Wallander said in an interview with the JRTV. Partnership with Jordan, Wallander explained, aims to increase the institutional capacity of the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) and empower its military capabilities. Wallander said “enhancing military capabilities in joint exercises, maneuvers and operations contributes to strengthening our joint security and Jordan’s pivotal role in regional security”. When asked about the Kingdom’s role in a crisis-hit region, she said that the United States is proud to work with Jordan, its strategic partner. SHe added that her country is fully aware of the urgent security and regional challenges Jordan is facing, such as securing borders and combating all forms of smuggling, in addition to the regional challenge posed by the ISIS terrorist gang and, recently, the disturbing activities by Iran which would undermine regional security. “Therefore, our partnership with the Jordan Armed Forces must be enabled and enhanced across many fields, to be able to overcome the challenges facing the Kingdom, which ultimately constitute a security challenge for the American people,” Wallander added. On the partnership with Jordan in the international efforts to combat terrorism, Wallander expressed appreciation to Jordan. “Jordan has always been and remains a strong partner. Jordanian cooperation is not only with our armed forces, but also with many countries, regionally and internationally. Jordan is a partner you can rely on, as it thinks in a way that enables it to move forward.” She pointed out that Jordan, through its role, has shown everyone that it is a strategic partner with many international partners “and we are proud of this partnership”. Wallander said that the Jordanian-US relationship is based on mutual respect and trust between leaders and individuals on both sides and that joint and periodic military drills are based on specialized military educational programs. “This means that we understand each other well and we will then be able to respond to the Syrian crisis and your internal challenges,” Wallander noted. Wallander lauded Jordan’s role in improving the lives of people in other countries.

Source: Jordan News Agency

QNB Stars League: Al Ahli Defeat Al Markhiya 1-0

Al Ahli defeated Al Markhiya 1-0, in the match played today at Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium as part of the final round of QNB Stars League.

Algeria’s Sofiane Hanni scored the only goal of the match in the 75th minute.

The win took Al Ahli’s point tally to 24 points, but they remained in eighth place on goal difference behind Al Markhiya.

Source: Qatar News Agency

HH the Amir Cup Final 2023: Organizing Committee Discusses Latest Preparations, Unveils Technical Details

The Local Organizing Committee of HH the Amir Football Cup Final revealed the technical details on the organization of the sporting event at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium between Al Arabi and Al Sadd teams on Friday that will see the gathering of the most crowned footballers in the cup.

During a press conference held at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, the organizing committee discussed the preparations for the final, including all logistical matters related to the final and fans’ commuting via Doha Metro until reaching the stadium.

The committee set a potential plan to close the road surrounding the stadium and discussed security preparations and plans of fans’ exit and entry.

For his part, Director of Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium Ahmad Al Qatami confirmed that the stadium is fully ready to host the final on Friday, stressing the importance of fans’ adherence to the instructions issued by the organizing committee. He added that the committee intends to facilitate entry to the stadium in the final day, while all plans of roads closure will be coordinated with the Traffic Department.

He urged the masses to arrive at the stadium early before the match starts, emphasizing that the stadium is fully ready to host the 51st edition final, and all doors will be opened for fans starting from 4 pm, while the match will begin at 7 pm.

The security and safety of fans are of top priority, and all essential preparations have been made in coordination with the relevant entities to facilitate procedures for fans, Al Qatami said.

Security commander of the tournament Chief Major Mohammed Omar Al Shahwani said he is confident the final will be a distinguished event, adding that the achievement of security and safety in these games requires full cooperation from all through pursuing the proper measures and adhering to security procedures, urging the fans to come early to the game to avoid potential traffic congestion and adhere to the instructions posted on the stadium’s walls.

Traffic patrols will be operating there to secure the traffic flow in various intersections around the stadiums, he said.

Source: Qatar News Agency

AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023: 7 Stars Led by Hassan Al Haydos Participate in Thursday’s Draw

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced Tuesday that a cast of Asian football stars will participate in the draw ceremony of the 18th edition of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, which will be held at the Katara Cultural Village to draw the path for the 24 participating teams in the tournament that will be held in Qatar from Jan. 12 until Feb. 24, 2024.

The AFC said on its official website that seven Asian football luminaries will be present to lend a helping hand to the chief draw conductor AFC General Secretary Datuk Seri Windsor John in unveiling the fate of the teams in the four pots. The illustrious draw assistants have been specially selected to represent the AFC’s five zones.

Fittingly, Hassan Al Haydos, who captained the Maroons to a historic maiden triumph in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, leads the ensemble, which also includes two-time AFC Asian Footballer of the Year, Server Djeparov. They will be joined by the world-renowned duo of Korea Republic legend Park Ji-sung, one of the most successful Asian footballers in history, and Australian icon Tim Cahill.

And, in a remarkable and welcome first for the flagship draw, a trailblazing trio of women – Yoshimi Yamashita, Sun Wen, and Maymol Rocky – round off the group of draw assistants. Top Japanese referee Yamashita became one of the first women to ever officiate at the men’s FIFA World Cup when she took the field during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, while Sun, the former China PR captain who won both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards at the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 1999, is regarded as one of the game’s greatest ever players. Maymol, the first female to lead India’s women’s national team in 2017 and the current head coach of their U20 women’s side will also take the stage.

Source: Qatar News Agency