FaceOf: Dr. Nabeel Al-Khatib, general manager of Al Arabiya and Al Hadath

Dr. Nabeel Al-Khatib
Updated 02 January 2019
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FaceOf: Dr. Nabeel Al-Khatib, general manager of Al Arabiya and Al Hadath

  • He previously served as the executive editor of Al Arabiya for several years and has decades of experience reporting on Middle Eastern affairs
  • Al-Khatib studied journalism at the University of Minsk in Belarus in the 1980s and went on to teach the subject at Birzeit University in the West Bank

Dr. Nabeel Al-Khatib is a Palestinian broadcast journalist, media entrepreneur, professor and the newly appointed general manager of Al Arabiya and Al Hadath. 

He previously served as the executive editor of Al Arabiya for several years and has decades of experience reporting on Middle Eastern affairs, with a particular focus on Palestine, having served as chief of MBC’s Jerusalem bureau. 

On Tuesday, MBC Founder and Chairman Waleed Al-Ibrahim announced the establishment of an editorial board and appointed Al-Khatib as GM for both channels. 

In an official statement, Al-Ibrahim reiterated his confidence in Al-Khatib’s academic, journalistic and managerial capabilities, saying: “Whilst welcoming Dr. Nabeel ‘back home’ to his family — where he spent nearly 13 years as one of Al Arabiya’s key pillars — I’d like to praise his academic accomplishments, skill set, and proven track record.”

Al-Khatib studied journalism at the University of Minsk in Belarus in the 1980s and went on to teach the subject at Birzeit University in the West Bank. 

Known for his journalistic integrity while covering the delicate Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Al-Khatib carries with him a wealth of experience in the field of broadcast journalism. 

Coupled with an academic record in teaching and training both students and professionals in journalism, mass media and communication, Al-Khatib is the co-founder and served as director of Birzeit University Media Institute and chairman of the department of mass communications, as well as being a media consultant for several international nongovernmental organizations.


Strong sports industry key to boosting Saudi economy

The chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA), Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, speaks at a special session on the second day of the Makkah Region Economic Forum on Monday. (Photo/Supplied)
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Strong sports industry key to boosting Saudi economy

  • The forum is currently in its second year and is being held in Makkah, after Jeddah hosted the first edition last year
  • GSA chief stresses public-private collaboration

JEDDAH: The chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA), Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, addressed a special session at the second day of the Makkah Region Economic Forum on Monday, to discuss investment opportunities to improve sport across the country.
The forum is currently in its second year and is being held in Makkah, after Jeddah hosted the first edition last year.
At the session, the prince stated that opening up new avenues for investment in the sector, in cooperation with private companies, to create a competitive and strong sporting culture in the Kingdom was essential to increase revenues in the wider entertainment industry, and that the GSA would focus efforts on securing more funding in accordance with the Vision 2030 program.
Meanwhile, the governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, Ibrahim bin Abdulrahman Al-Omar, said foreign investment would be key to the expansion of Makkah, but that local businesses would need to continue to make the region attractive.
He cited statistics suggesting 40 percent of foreign investors only did so with local partners in tow, and highlighted the competitive advantages of the region, as well as its heritage and infrastructure.
The governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Salem Al-Ruwais, highlighted the commission’s success in improving internet provision across Makkah region, offering greater telecom coverage in both the public and private spheres.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Shehri, the governor of the Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority, explained how his organization was substantially reducing costs in providing renewable energy. He said his authority was also working with the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy to make non-fossil fuel-based power even more accessible.
The minister of Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Mohammed Salih Bentin, meanwhile, presented the ministry’s latest set of initiatives for upcoming pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia, which, he claimed, would require coordination with up to 40 other government bodies.