New Arab News app launches at Arab Media Forum

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The app has installed a state-of-the-art voice recognition system which allows readers to vocally ask the application for the news. (AN photo)
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Arab News deputy editor-in-chief Tarek Mishkhas.
Updated 20 April 2019
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New Arab News app launches at Arab Media Forum

  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief Tarek Mishkhas: ‘This comes as yet another stamp of making our newspaper more global, more digital’

DUBAI: During a special announcement at the Arab Media Forum, Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English language daily, announced the launch of its revamped smartphone news application for android and iPhone.

The application was announced by the deputy editor-in-chief Tarek Mishkhas.

“We are pleased to launch our new smartphone app today at the Arab Media Forum. This comes as yet another stamp of making Arab News more global, more digital and more accessible. I thank the digital team for their impressive efforts,” he said.

The application offers readers a variety of options and widgets that allow for a smoother, and more in-depth news experience.

Apart from displaying the news of the day coming directly from the website, and notifying consumers of breaking news that’s happening in real time, the application has installed a state-of-the-art voice recognition system which allows readers to vocally ask the application for the news.

“It is in essence an app that delivers news, but we thought we give it something extra; An app that can “Talk to you”, you ask it for news and it reads it out for you,” Arab News head of digital transformation Eslam Refaat said, adding that, “you fill your news basket with all the interesting articles and read it all later. Or even better, ask the app to read it all for you one by one.”

Arab News is part of the regional publishing giant Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG). It has been the English newspaper of record for Saudi Arabia and the region for over 40 years.


Arab News women driving cover wins further recognition in DNA Paris Design Awards

Updated 23 May 2019
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Arab News women driving cover wins further recognition in DNA Paris Design Awards

  • 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 has won numerous awards since its publication and been one of the most retweeted artworks celebrating women driving in the Kingdom

LONDON: Arab News has continued its success on the international awards stage by winning two honorable mentions at the DNA Paris Design Awards.

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.

The honorable mentions were for the categories “Graphic design - Editorial” and “Graphic design - Key art (Posters, covers, illustration).”

"For Arab News to be recognised again on a global scale with this award is a great honor," Simon Khalil, global creative director at Arab News, said. “Our women drivers cover has been recognised with eight design awards so far and this highlights just how important this moment in history was for women across the Kingdom.

 “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."

The illustration was commissioned by Arab News for the cover of a special souvenir edition on June 24 of last year. It has become one of the most retweeted artworks celebrating women driving in the Kingdom.

The cover has won numerous awards since it was published. In March, it was recognized by SND awards, one of the most prestigious in the industry.

In February, the cover image was recognized in the international design awards run by “HOW” magazine.

The DNA Paris Design Awards honors international architects and designers “who improve our daily lives through practical, beautiful and innovative design,” according to its website.