Jabarti takes over from Almaeena at Saudi Gazette

Updated 18 February 2014
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Jabarti takes over from Almaeena at Saudi Gazette

Somayya Jabarti has been appointed editor in chief of the Jeddah-based Saudi Gazette newspaper following the resignation of Khaled Almaeena from the position, Okaz Organization for Press & Publication announced on Monday.
She becomes the first woman editor in chief of a Saudi newspaper.
Almaeena, a prominent journalist and commentator in the region, is a former editor in chief of Arab News where he held the top position before moving to Saudi Gazette in 2011.
Almaeena has held several media positions during the past 30 years, including CEO of Saudi Public Relations Company, Saudi Television news anchor, talk show host, columnist, radio announcer, lecturer and author.
In a statement on the occasion, Jabarti said she was aware of her big responsibility being the first Saudi woman to become editor in chief of a daily newspaper.
Jabarti worked for nine years with Arab News in different positions before joining the Gazette in 2011.
“Today I proudly leave my nominee, a female journalist, who will take the helm of the paper,” Almaeena wrote in a farewell letter to the paper’s readers on Sunday.
“She (Jabarti) has been associated with me for almost 13 years, and I’ve had the goal almost as long of wanting to see a Saudi woman enter the male-dominated bastion of editors in chief. It was not a question of gender but of merit that decided and earned her this opportunity,” wrote Almaeena.


Muslims perform prayers at renovated historic mosques in Saudi Arabia

Updated 20 May 2018
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Muslims perform prayers at renovated historic mosques in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: The renovation of historic sites across Saudi Arabia has breathed life back to several mosques this Ramadan, as worshippers are now able to hold prayers on their premises.
Pictures from the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) showed Muslims performing Taraweeh prayers Saturday night at some of these historic mosques, including the Me’mar mosque in Jeddah, a recently renovated mosque inaugurated last Tuesday by Prince Sultan bin Salman, head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.
The renovation projects aim to rehabilitate historic mosques as part of its partnership with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance. As part of the project, 25 historic mosques have been renovated so far across the Kingdom.
The projects were launched in historic areas, such as Jeddah, Madinah, central Riyadh, and Dariyah.
Prince Sultan announced that King Salman has donated the renovation costs of Al-Hanafi mosque in the historic city of Jeddah, where the late King Abdul Aziz had once prayed.