OIC to draw up media strategy to counter Islamophobia

OIC Information Director Maha Akeel
Updated 15 December 2016

OIC to draw up media strategy to counter Islamophobia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will host a conference of the information ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries in Jeddah Dec. 21-22. The ministers will discuss media strategy for the OIC to combat the phenomenon of Islamophobia.
The director of the Information Department at OIC, Maha Akeel, said the ministers will discuss mechanisms to correct the image of Islam and Muslims in Europe and North America and implement a media strategy to counter Islamophobia.
She pointed out the strategy was reviewed during the meeting of member countries and relevant establishments affiliated with the organization in October.
She said the media strategy includes various programs and that social media is one of the most effective tools that can be used in this respect. It is effective in forming public opinion and has an active role in presenting a bright and positive image of Islam and member countries of the organization, while realizing the goals of Islamic unity.
Akeel said the ministers will discuss and approve a comprehensive media strategy for OIC countries until 2025. She added that media management experts held a workshop in November to draft a comprehensive media strategy for this.

UAE celebrates Saudi National Day

Updated 21 min 41 sec ago

UAE celebrates Saudi National Day

DUBAI: The celebratory mood to mark Saudi Arabia’s 88th National Day has reached as far as New York, with Nasdaq displaying images of the Kingdom’s rulers at its tower on Times Square in New York while Dubai carrier Emirates is pulling out all the stops to join in the festivities.

The Dubai airline operated a special one-off A380 service, known as EK 813 and EK 814, on Sunday to the capital city of Riyadh, touching down at King Khalid International Airport at 3:30pm. The return flight was scheduled to depart at 6:50pm.

A YouTube video from Emirates also showed crew handing out scarves embroidered with the countries’ flags, as well as white roses, to passengers while boarding the A380 aircraft.


Nasdaq Dubai, the UAE-based operations of the New York equities exchange, posted: “Best wishes from #NasdaqDubai to #SaudiArabia on the occasion of the 88th National day” in its Twitter account, along with photos containing images of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed being projected on a huge electronic billboard. A separate tweet also showed an 11-second video with the merged UAE and Saudi Arabian flags fluttering on the billboard.



Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, will be illuminated in the national flag of Saudi Arabia, in a display of friendship between the UAE and its Gulf neighbor.

In the UAE’s capital, the General Command of Abu Dhabi Police decorated 88 of their cars – one for every year being celebrated – with the flags of Saudi Arabia and the UAE and the words “Together Forever.”

Meanwhile, Etihad Airways’ Wesam Sameer Al-Najjar, the only Saudi National A380 pilot in the world, together with Captain Ahmed Almalood from the UAE, flew the A380 Year of Zayed aircraft to Jeddah for a special one-off service to mark the event.