Arab News displays “TheFace: Portraits of the Kingdom” gallery at Arab Media Forum event in Dubai

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Sara I. Alissa (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
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Family photo of Rozana Al-Tayyar. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
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Rabaa Al-Angari. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
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Lamia Abdulmohsen. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
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Fatima Batook: excelling in the fitness industry through dedication, commitment, enthusiasm and hard work. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
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Interior design is an incredibly rewarding profession says Sima Malak. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 30 March 2019
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Arab News displays “TheFace: Portraits of the Kingdom” gallery at Arab Media Forum event in Dubai

  • The project, titled TheFace: Portraits from the Kingdom, captures the true essence of professional Saudi women across the kingdom
  • Among the attendees of the gallery was the Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office, Mona Al Marri

DUBAI: Arab News set up a gallery exhibition of “TheFace: Portraits of the Kingdom” at an Arab Media Forum event in Dubai on Thursday.

The gallery, taken by Arab News’ Head of Photography Ziyad Alarfaj, displayed a number of portraits of successful professional Saudi women to shed light on the empowerment of women in workplace under Vision 2030.

 “I was always passionate about story-telling, and being a visual person, I wanted to tell the story of the Saudi people through photographs,” Alarfaj said, adding that “I've lived outside of Saudi Arabia for more the 27 years, but I am always asked about my country, so it’s all about showing who we are, as we are.”

Among the attendees of the gallery was the Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office, Mona Al Marri.

The project, titled TheFace: Portraits from the Kingdom, captures the true essence of professional Saudi women across the kingdom in order to highlight their positive impact and empowerment in the workplace.


Netflix to roll out cheaper mobile-only plan for India

Updated 18 July 2019
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Netflix to roll out cheaper mobile-only plan for India

  • India is among the last big growth markets for the company
  • Netflix faces competition from Amazon’s Prime Video and Walt Disney Co’s Hotstar
Netflix said on Wednesday it would roll out a lower-priced mobile-only plan in India within the next three months to tap into a price-sensitive market at a time the streaming company is losing customers in its home turf.
India is among the last big growth markets for the company, where it faces competition from Amazon.com Inc’s Prime Video and Hotstar, a video streaming platform owned by Walt Disney Co’s India unit.
Netflix lost US streaming customers for the first time in eight years on Wednesday, when it posted quarterly results. It also missed targets for new subscribers overseas.
“India is a mobile-first nation, where many first-time users are experiencing the Internet on their phones. In such a scenario, a mobile-only package makes sense to target new users,” said Tarun Pathak, analyst at Counterpoint Research.
The creator of “Stranger Things” and “The Crown” said in March that it was testing a 250-rupee ($3.63) monthly subscription for mobile devices in India, where data plans are among the cheapest in the world.
The country figures prominently in Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings’ global expansion plans.
“We believe this plan, which will launch in the third quarter, will be an effective way to introduce a larger number of people in India to Netflix and to further expand our business,” the company said in a letter to investors released late on Wednesday.
Netflix currently offers three monthly plans in India, priced between 500 rupees ($7.27) and 800 rupees $11.63).
It has created a niche following in the country by launching local original shows like the thriller “Sacred Games” and dystopian tale “Leila,” which feature popular Bollywood actors.
The second season of “Sacred Games” is set to release in August.
In contrast, Hotstar, which also offers content from AT&T Inc’s HBO and also streams live sports, charges 299 rupees ($4.35) per month. Amazon bundles its video and music streaming services with its Prime membership.
“We’ve been seeing nice steady increases in engagement with our Indian viewers that we think we can keep building on. Growth in that country is a marathon, so we’re in it for the long haul,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said.