Ghassan Charbel appointed editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat

Ghassan Charbel, left, and SRMG Chairman Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud.
Updated 24 November 2016
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Ghassan Charbel appointed editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat

RIYADH: Lebanese journalist Ghassan Charbel has been appointed as the editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat effective Nov. 24, 2016.
This was announced by Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) Chairman Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud.
"The appointment is in line with the future vision of the Saudi group to enable the best media leaders to help improve all publications and lead them," said Prince Badr.
"Ghassan Charbel is a household name in journalism and cultural arena," he said. "He has gained exceptional experience over the course of his long career in journalism," he added.
"We thank former Editor-in-Chief Salman Al-Dosary for all his exceptional efforts during the last period, and he will continue as a columnist at Asharq Al-Awsat," said Prince Badr.
Charbel was head of the political section at Asharq Al-Awsat before moving to work at Al-Hayat's Al-Wasat magazine. He later became editor-in-chief of the magazine, and then assistant editor-in-chief of Al-Hayat, and finally its editor-in-chief in 2004.


Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

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Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

ARAB NEWS BEIJING: Leading academics and literary talents from Saudi Arabia and China will be honored under an award scheme sponsored by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom and China during a visit to King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University in Beijing on Thursday.
The announcement was made on the eve of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to China, the latest stop on an Asian tour.
The cultural cooperation award will honor leading academics, translators and high-achievers from the Kingdom and China in the categories: Best scientific research in Arabic, best artistic work, best Chinese-Arabic book translation and vice versa, person of the year, and most influential person of the year in the cultural milieu.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said: “This partnership is in the name of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and represents the common commitment to build cultural bridges between the two countries, developing cultural exchange, and promoting artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens.”
He said the yearly award will promote language, literature, and Arabic and creative arts in China, and encourage cultural exchange.
The Kingdom and China have a long history of cultural cooperation, including the annual Arabic Arts Festival.
The King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University was inaugurated in 2017 during King Salman’s official visit to China, where he received an honorary doctorate degree.