Pakistani filmmaker eyes Saudi Arabia for future projects

From left, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Matab Al-Saud, chief of the Top Events Co. and Knowledge Core, with Pakistani filmmaker Imran Raza Kazmi at the premier of a Pakistani movie held in Riyadh on Saturday. (AN photo)
Updated 03 February 2018
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Pakistani filmmaker eyes Saudi Arabia for future projects

RIYADH: In a bid to promote Saudi-Pakistani relations in the film and entertainment industry, the premiere showing of the Pakistani movie “Parchi” was organized at a makeshift cinema hall here on Saturday night.
Guests from the film fraternity of the two countries and diplomats attended the event.
Prince Abdul Aziz bin Matab Al-Saud, chief of Top Events, welcomed the producer of the Pakistani flick, Imran Raza Kazmi, and other guests.
Kazmi said: “The show brought together film industry leaders of the two countries, paving the way for a possible production of Pakistani films and dramas in Saudi Arabia.”
Kazmi, who specially flew to Riyadh to attend the premiere show, also announced plans to work closely with the Top Events and the General Entertainment Authority (GEA).
“We are already talking to the GEA on cooperation modules in film, drama and entertainment sectors,” said Imran Ismael of Top Events.
Asked about the prospects of cooperation in the film and entertainment sector, Kazmi said he plans to visit the Kingdom with a group of filmmakers and artists to talk to the Saudi agencies for collaboration and to identify shooting locations across the Kingdom later this year.
“I am overwhelmed with the love and support given by Saudi brothers and Pakistani expatriates during this trip,” he added.
Malik Nadeem Sher, Riyadh-based bureau chief of a Pakistani TV channel, said: “I was really thrilled to watch the film with the producer of the film present at the show in Riyadh.” “It was really unbelievable…to watch the film, like I’m watching in a theater in Pakistan,” said Ghaffar Ahmed, who attended the first of the six shows.


Over 800 foreign journalists to cover Hajj

Updated 18 August 2018
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Over 800 foreign journalists to cover Hajj

  • Facilities have been provided for 151 media institutions and 27 international networks
  • Six official broadcasts and broadcasts in 10 languages will provide news bulletins and daily programs on Hajj

JEDDAH: More than 800 foreign media workers will cover the Hajj rituals, Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, Saudi minister of media, has announced.

In addition, facilities have been provided for 151 media institutions and 27 international networks, while six official broadcasts and broadcasts in 10 languages will provide news bulletins and daily programs on Hajj.

Al-Awwad thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the government’s continuing efforts to provide the best services and security for Hajj pilgrims from around the world.

He said Saudi Arabia welcomes all Muslims to perform this religious rite, rejecting attempts to politicize or use Hajj for purposes other than worship.

Al-Awwad made his comments during a briefing on preparations for receiving local and international media representatives to cover the pilgrimage. He said the ministry has equipped seven media centers in Makkah and the holy sites to serve journalists and media personnel from inside and outside the Kingdom.

Sixteen digital channels will work around the clock to cover the Hajj season in six languages.

The ministry last year launched the Communication International Center and its account on Twitter @CICSaudi to enhance relations with the international media and pursue a more open policy to the global audience.

It also began to broadcast information and document data on events, facts and humanitarian works and services in the Kingdom in several languages, primarily English, French and German.

Al-Awwad said the ministry had contributed to the launch of a digital media platform documenting the creative work of government agencies, highlighting their efforts, disseminating the Kingdom’s media message locally and internationally, and presenting the governmental media work under one platform in a professional way.