FaceOf: Novelist, journalist and TV presenter Ghada Aboud

Updated 12 October 2018
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FaceOf: Novelist, journalist and TV presenter Ghada Aboud

  • Ghada Aboud became interested in writing about bipolar disorder since she noticed how the general media glamorizes the illness, by associating it with extraordinary talent

Aboud is a Saudi novelist, freelance consultant, journalist and television presenter. She recently published her first Arabic novel earlier this year titled “Bipolar.” 

She became interested in writing about the disorder since she noticed how the general media glamorizes the illness, by associating it with extraordinary talent. 

The protagonist in her novel is a therapist who is diagnosed as bipolar. “It’s very easy to sit back and lecture people. It’s very rare that we can help ourselves and get ourselves out of our own circumstances,” she said. 

The novel’s message is: “We are all bipolar somehow. It’s only normal to go through these extreme ups and downs. So, we have to accept our differences and our contradictions, our downfalls, our victories, and accept life as it is and accept others.” 

Prior to working on her first novel, Aboud has worked as a PR freelance consultant since 2007, work that she continues to this day. She has experience as a Saudi TV presenter, hosting a television show focused on promoting Saudi female artists by shedding light on their careers.

Aboud earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and mass communication, as well as a minor in psychology from the American University in Washington, D.C. 

Currently, she writes a weekly column for both “El Youm El Sabi3” where she discusses different social, political, entertainment issues, as well as the Cairo-based magazine titled “E7na”, writing columns about her personal experience as a presenter and all the behind-the-scenes drama involved with media scene. 


King Salman receives call from US president, Trump sending Pompeo to Saudi Arabia

Updated 45 min 38 sec ago
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King Salman receives call from US president, Trump sending Pompeo to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received a telephone call from the US President Donald Trump in which various issues were discussed, including the ongoing Saudi-Turkish cooperation in the investigation into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi and the keenness of the Kingdom's leadership to clarify all relevant facts.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to leave the United States within the hour for a trip to the Kingdom to meet with King Salman, and will travel to other places as necessary, according to the US president.