FaceOf: Weam Al-Dakheel, Saudi Broadcasting Authority operations manager for TV

Saudi journalist Weam Al-Dakheel
Updated 31 October 2018
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FaceOf: Weam Al-Dakheel, Saudi Broadcasting Authority operations manager for TV

JEDDAH: Weam Al-Dakheel is a Saudi Arabian journalist who has been operations manager for Saudi TV at the Saudi Broadcasting Authority since January 2018. 

Previously, she worked as a news presenter at Al-Arab News Channel, based in Bahrain, for two years and eight months between 2014 and 2017. 

She also worked as a TV reporter for CNBC Arabia between September 2012 and November 2013. Her journey in media started with an internship at Dar Al-Hayat newspaper office in Beirut, Lebanon. She worked there between 2010 and 2011. 

Al-Dakheel graduated from the Lebanese American University in 2011. She holds a BA degree in journalism and speaks three languages: Arabic, English, and French. 

In 2017, she earned a diploma in gender in development and humanitarian assistance from the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World. 

In addition, she received TV presentation courses at Focus Academy for Training and Media Development, and Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center. 

Although women have presented the news on Saudi news channels such as Al-Ekhbariya for several years, Al-Dakheel has made history by becoming the first woman to anchor the main news bulletin on the Saudi national TV channel. 

Her name was trending on Twitter in Saudi Arabia on Friday. Saudis went on Twitter to celebrate her achievement and the new milestone for Saudi women.


Saline Water corporation receives Guinness World Records

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Saline Water corporation receives Guinness World Records

  • The SWCC broke its 2018 world record of five million cubic meters of water a day and now holds a new record of 5.6 million cubic meters of water a day
  • The Jubail desalination plant produces 1.401 million cubic meters of water a day, the biggest desalinated water production plant in the world

JEDDAH: Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli, Saudi minister of environment, water and agriculture, and chairman of the Saline Water Conversion Corp. (SWCC), has been presented with two certificates from Guinness World Records.
The certificates show that the SWCC holds the world record for the biggest desalinated water plant with a production of 5.6 million cubic meters of water a day. The Jubail desalination plant holds the record for being the biggest desalinated water production plant in the world with a production of 1.401 million cubic meters of water a day.
The certificates were received in the presence of Ali bin Abdul Rahman Al-Hazmi, the company’s governor.
The SWCC broke its 2018 world record of five million cubic meters of water a day and now holds a new record of 5.6 million cubic meters of water a day.
The Jubail desalination plant has also increased its production from 1.340 million cubic meters of water a day to 1.401, and has now become the biggest desalinated water producer in the world.
The corporation dedicated the achievement to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the leadership’s support of the corporation; the current achievement is an important step to achieve water security, one of the main goals of Saudi Vision 2030.
This is an unprecedented achievement in the history of desalination plants on the local and global level, and contributes to strengthening the international position of the Kingdom, which has been at the forefront in this area for two consecutive years. This achievement is also the culmination of the efforts, plans and strategies to meet the growing water demands due to urbanization and population growth in the Kingdom.
Al-Hazmi said: “This achievement relied on existing resources and technical and human personnel. We appreciate the planning and coordination behind this achievement, and at the forefront the national competencies working in the plants, the research institute and other sectors, which had a great impact on setting up transportation systems and readying the plants, thus increasing the efficiency and improving the performance levels until the realization of this productivity breakthrough.”
All the corporation’s plants worked with the research center to achieve increased productivity and reduce operational costs, he said. They also worked in accordance with scientific methods that guaranteed the safety of personnel and equipment and kept pace with digital and technical transformation.