MBC’s O3 announces deal with UAE’s Image Nation

Fadi Ismael appeared on a panel this week in Saudi’s first pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, where he referred to the changes taking place in the country’s film industry as a “brave new world.” (AN Photo / Ammar Abd Rabbo)
Updated 13 May 2018
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MBC’s O3 announces deal with UAE’s Image Nation

DUBAI: The production wing of MBC Group, O3 Productions, has announced on Sunday a new partnership deal with Abu Dhabi’s Image Nation to produce films and TV shows for the Saudi market, according to an official statement on their website.
The first project they will produce and finance together will be an Arabic-language feature film based on Ibraheem Abbas’s sci-fi novel “HWJN.” The two companies also have plans for a TV spinoff of “The Delusionists,” with further details to be announced at a later date.
“As O3, this project is a landmark one for us as we are embarking on an exciting journey into an innovative and fresh genre of Saudi drama based on a bestseller novel and its exciting world created by the pioneer work of Yatakhayaloon team,” said Fadi Ismael, group director of O3 Productions, in a statement announcing the deal.
“We are happy that we are not alone in such a venture but joined forces with Image Nation working closely with its team to produce what we hope will lead to a higher quality of captivating storytelling and production values in film and TV drama in this project and beyond,” he said.
Ismael appeared on a panel this week in Saudi’s first pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, where he referred to the changes taking place in the country’s film industry as a “brave new world.”


New warning to WhatsApp users after hackers strike

CITC is trying to raise awareness regarding fraudulent messages that come via WhatsApp.
Updated 22 May 2018
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New warning to WhatsApp users after hackers strike

JEDDAH: Saudi users of the popular messaging platform WhatsApp have been warned to be on their guard against hackers after a spate of cyberattacks.
“Users are advised to enable two-step verification to protect their accounts from any digital breakthroughs,” the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) said.
“Also do not click on any link until you have verified the source of the link, and make sure you do not disclose your personal information and phone number to any untrusted sites.”
A large number of WhatsApp users in Saudi Arabia have recently had their accounts hacked, and in some cases have suffered financial losses as a result. “CITC tweeted this warning to raise awareness regarding many fraudulent messages through WhatsApp,” spokesman Adel Abu Haimed told Arab News.
Attached to the CITC tweet was an infograph to clarify to users how to enable two-step verification.
Many people shared their thoughts on social media about the subject.

 

Fahad @Fah2dofficial tweeted: “OMG I have a lot of important information on my WhatsApp I better get my account secured.”
Abu Hatem @abuhatem1386 said: I am so done with hacking.”
To enable two-step verification and keep your account safe, open WhatsApp Settings then select Account then two-step verification then select Enable then enter a six-digit PIN.
Upon enabling this feature, you can also optionally enter your email address. This email address will allow WhatsApp to send you a link via email to disable two-step verification in case you ever forget your six-digit PIN, and also to help safeguard your account.

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WhatsApp verification process

Two-step verification is an optional feature that adds more security to your account. When you have two-step verification enabled, any attempt to verify your phone number on WhatsApp must be accompanied by the six-digit PIN that you created using this feature.