The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Fade in on a period cafe. The setting is Casablanca; the year is 1941. Movie icon Humphrey Bogart stars as cynical cafeowner Richard “Rick” Blaine. In his opening shot, Bogie takes a long drag from his cigarette as smoke swirls around him. And that’s just the beginning. Smoke fills almost every scene in the film classic Casablanca as characters light up anywhere and everywhere — the police station, hotels, bars, restaurants and on the streets.