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

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.

Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip, was held on the 17th of Ramadan  (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative in partnership with Sawt Alasm association in Jeddah.

A busload of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers of Sadiq Almutamir, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday area in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts of Sadiq Almutamir, supported by the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next was their arrival at the Grand Mosque, wherein the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed Iftar meals, and received souvenirs from Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association. 

Volunteers assisted the pilgrims by communicating with them, providing instructions and directions in addition to sharing their feelings with the support of the sign language interpreters. 

Sadiq Almutamir also accompanied pilgrims during the performance of Umrah, providing wheelchairs for the elderly, sharing breakfast, and learning about their impressions of performing Umrah for their first time. 

Sadiq Almutamir is one of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s initiatives in Makkah’s Cultural Forum. It focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between the Saudi youth as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences. It also provides optional tours to visit attractions, monuments, and places contribute to enriching experiences of Mutamirs and immortalizing beautiful memories in the Kingdom.

Launched late last year, the initiative aims to develop the spirit of volunteerism among Muslims and to invest in the youth by engaging young men and women in service and social responsibility.

“It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs’ people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” ministry statement said.

The trip was held in cooperation with the Western Fleet Transport, in coordination with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims’ transportation affairs and Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association.