Saudi Cinema’s official Twitter account receives warm welcome

A Saudi citizen Naif Saleh Naif tweeted a welcoming tweet with this photo saying ‘I’ve been waiting for your return for 40 years.’
Updated 23 December 2017
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Saudi Cinema’s official Twitter account receives warm welcome

JEDDAH: The General Commission of Audiovisual Media (GCAM) launched the official Saudi Cinema Twitter account @alcinema_sa on Thursday, generating up to 42,000 followers in three hours — and a day later the followers’ count had increased to 65,000.
The account has tweeted a single word to commemorate the return of cinema to Saudi Arabia: “Odna,” the tweet read, which translates as: “We have returned.” The tweet alone received 1.5k comments, 5.6k retweets and 2.1k likes from film enthusiasts and social-media influencers.
Loay Al-Shareef, a Saudi content creator and producer and an ancient civilization researcher, commented on the official tweet with a suggestion that would make the movie-going experience both fun and educational. “Let’s make a deal and go into each movie with a piece of paper and fill it with words and phrases that we could benefit from in the film, and add in advice to strengthen our English, just as many of us have strengthened our language by watching films,” he said.
Many followers tweeted “welcome back” and suggested movies they wished to watch once theaters are open, while others requested fairly priced tickets.
Shahad Ahmad tweeted, “Initially, please screen masterpieces like The Shawshank Redemption,” to which Sa’ad Naif responded with his own suggestion of “The Best Offer,” as a better film.
Omar Asmari welcomed the account with: “I will hit up the nearest Jeddah theater as soon as it opens for my first 3D movie experience.”
Latifa Shams Al-Din, a Kuwaiti student in Nottingham, said: “I’m willing to visit Saudi Arabia if it means I’ll get to experience their cinematography and the stories they have to tell.”
The account was launched 10 days after the announcement allowing commercial cinemas to begin operation by March 2018. As per The Ministry of Culture and Information’s instruction, screened films will have to abide by the Kingdom’s cultural and religious values.


FaceOf: Dr. Abdullah Al-Maghlouth, director-general of the Center for Government Communication

Updated 20 August 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Abdullah Al-Maghlouth, director-general of the Center for Government Communication

Dr. Abdullah Al-Maghlouth has been director-general of the Center for Government Communication (@cgcsaudi) since his appointment by Awwad Al-Awwad, the minister of media, in January 2018.

He has praised the efforts of the Ministry of Media to broadcast Hajj rituals from Makkah and other holy sites through channels on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The initiative was the ministry’s gift to Muslims across the world, supervised by the minister of media, he said. 

Al-Maghlouth said that the ministry made sure the channels were transmitted in several languages to meet pilgrims’ requirements.

Al-Maghlouth was born in July 1978 in Al-Ahsa. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing from Weber State University, Utah, and a master’s degree from the University of Colorado. 

He also received the Prince Bandar bin Sultan Award for Scientific Excellence. He received his Ph.D. in media in Manchester.

Al-Maghlouth writes a weekly column in Al-Watan Saudi Arabia, focusing on social and cultural issues.

He had been a Saudi Aramco employee since October 2005 and previously chaired the company’s media relations unit in 2006. 

In November 2007, he chaired the information committee at the third OPEC summit. He also chaired the committee at the Jeddah energy meeting in May 2008. 

He was on an exchange project with KAUST in 2008 before pursuing his Ph.D. He worked at several Arab and Saudi newspapers and magazines such as Al-Youm, Al-Hayat, Al-Watan, Elaf, Al-Kafila, Forbes and Terhal.