Arab News scoops more international design awards with SND honor

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Arab News scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive. (AN photo)
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Updated 14 March 2019
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Arab News scoops more international design awards with SND honor

  • Arab News scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive
  • It was commissioned by the newspaper for the cover of a special souvenir edition on June 24, 2018

LONDON: Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English-language newspaper, has won two Awards of Excellence in this year’s Society for News Design (SND) honors.
The newspaper scooped the awards for its front page by “New Yorker” illustrator Malika Favre, which was published to mark the move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive.


It was commissioned by Arab News for the cover of a special souvenir edition on June 24 of last year. The illustration, of a road reflected in a woman’s sunglasses, has become one of the most retweeted artworks celebrating women driving in the Kingdom.
It was recognized by SND awards, one of the most prestigious in the industry.
“For Arab News to be recognized on a global scale with this award is a great honor. The SND awards are the ones every newspaper and designer wants to win, so this is huge. It is brilliant to see our ‘women drivers’ cover continue receiving such great accolades,” said Simon Khalil, global creative director at Arab News.


“Malika Favre was the obvious choice for our cover, and her illustration brilliantly captures the significance of this moment on the day Saudi Arabia changed forever. We are very pleased SND has recognized our efforts with this prestigious award.”
In February, the cover image was recognized in the international design awards run by “HOW” magazine.
SND was founded in 1979 and showcases the very best of newspaper design from around the globe.


Dubai selected as 'Capital of Arab Media' for 2020

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Dubai selected as 'Capital of Arab Media' for 2020

  • The announcement was made during the council’s ordinary meeting session in Cairo

CAIRO: The Council of Arab Information Ministers has selected Dubai as the “Capital of Arab Media” for 2020.

The announcement was made during the council’s ordinary meeting session in Cairo on Wednesday.

Sultan Al-Jaber, the UAE’s Minister of State and Chairman of the National Media Council, said the emirate’s selection confirms the “UAE’s prominent media stature resulting from the support of its leadership and its vision to create an advanced media infrastructure.”

“We would like to thank the Arab Information Ministers Council for approving the UAE’s suggestion concerning the Capital of Arab Media 2020," he added.