Sayidaty launches lifestyle platform

Mohammed Al-Harthi, editor in chief of Sayidaty, Al-Jamila and
Updated 24 April 2017

Sayidaty launches lifestyle platform

DUBAI: An online lifestyle platform called was launched this month by Sayidaty, the best-selling women’s interest magazine in the Middle East.
The launch, at the Scape Restaurant in Dubai’s Burj Al-Arab hotel, was attended by members of the media, influencers and PR representatives of top regional and international brands. is the latest English-language addition to the Sayidaty family and was launched as part of the publisher’s drive to provide readers access to a wealth of diverse topics of interest.
The website offers real-life stories as well as interviews with homegrown and international talents. also features the latest fashion, beauty and decor trends, reports and advice. Additionally, readers have access to news relating to travel, wellbeing, nutrition and celebrities.
During his speech at the launch, Mohammed Al-Harthi, editor in chief of Sayidaty, Al-Jamila and, explained the website’s mission.
“After realizing that the Arab women are always being portrayed the same way, our aim became to shine a spotlight on the region’s women in a more realistic, all-round and in-depth way,” he said.
“So we decided we’re not just going to write about why this woman won a prize or how this woman successfully climbed up the corporate ladder to head a company. We want to ask the women profiled on our website about the struggles as well as the triumphs, the ups as well as the downs because those are the realities any reader in our global audience can relate to.
“As well as inspiring our female readers with real-life success stories, we want these stories to be relevant and palpable. So with that premise in mind, we have been featuring timely interviews with homegrown and foreign women from all walks of life and in all kinds of businesses.”
The launch was closely followed on Sayidaty’s and’s social media feed including Snapchat.

Tech firms asked to set up centers to fight ‘fake news’ in Southeast Asia

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Tech firms asked to set up centers to fight ‘fake news’ in Southeast Asia

  • Other Southeast Asian governments have also recently made efforts to exert more control over online content

BANGKOK: Thailand is proposing that tech companies set up centers in each of the 10 Southeast Asian countries to curb the flow of “fake news” and fake accounts, the country’s telecoms regulator said on Monday.

Such centers would also work as a shortcut for governments to flag misinformation more easily to providers of over-the-top (OTT) service — any digital service done through the internet, including social media — so that they could comply by taking it down faster, said the Thai regulator.

“Thailand has proposed that OTT companies set up a center to verify news,” said Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.

“We asked if it was possible that the companies authorize each country to oversee such centers and in so doing co-operate directly with them,” Takorn said after a meeting with tech companies earlier on Monday, adding that the companies would have to finance such operations.

The proposal came as telecoms regulators from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) were meeting this week in Bangkok with an aim to come up with regional guidelines to regulate OTT platforms, including taxation policies.

The meeting with Takorn on Monday was attended by tech giants including Facebook, messaging app operator Line Corp, Amazon and Netflix, he said.

The proposal would be discussed further during the ASEAN Telecommunications Regulators’ Council (ATRC) this week, he added. Takorn said the “coordination and verification centers” would also support a plan by Thailand’s new digital minister to prioritize anti-fake news efforts and regulate various kinds of content on websites and social media.

Digital Minister Puttipong Punnakanta said in a Facebook post last month that he would set up a “fake news centers” to take down online content from child pornography to insults against the country’s monarchy, in addition to tackling “fake news” and “fake accounts.”

In another Facebook post, Puttipong said he “volunteered to purge content hurtful to Thais. Digital media should be clean.”

Other Southeast Asian governments have also recently made efforts to exert more control over online content and taken a tough stance against misinformation.

Singapore passed an anti-fake news bill in May, forcing online media platforms to correct or remove content the government considers to be false.