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. Nabeel Koshak, dean of the Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College

Dr. Nabeel Koshak is the dean of the MBSC
Updated 20 May 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Nabeel Koshak, dean of the Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College

  • Koshak was appointed in January 2017
  • Koshak is also the former director of the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) GIS Technology Innovation Center at UQU

Inspired by Vision 2030, the goal of Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College (MBSC) of Business and Entrepreneurship is to promote entrepreneurial activities and ecosystems in the Kingdom.

It is Saudi Arabia’s first institute of higher learning specializing in leadership and entrepreneurial development. Established in 2016, the MBSC is located at the King Abdullah Economic City near Jeddah. 

Dr. Nabeel Koshak is the dean of the MBSC. He was appointed in January 2017. He is the former president of Al-Baha University and the former vice president for Business and Innovation of Umm Al-Qura University (UQU).

Koshak is also the former director of the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) GIS Technology Innovation Center at UQU, and the former chairman of the board of directors of Transportation and Crowd Management Innovation Center.

He is also the co-founder and former general supervisor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute at UQU, and the co-founder and the vice chairman of the board of directors of Wadi Makkah Co., a platform for launching startup companies in various sectors.

Koshak received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from UQU in Makkah in 1993, and his master’s degree from Colorado Denver University in 1997. He also has a Ph.D. in Computational Design from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. 

He joined Harvard’s executive education programs in Development Finance Program (2014). 

Koshak is a member of the board of directors of the King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba), a member of the executive committee of King Faisal International Prize, and a member of the board of directors of Oqal (Angel Investors Network) Jeddah branch.