Musalli Al-Muammar, president of the Saudi Professional League

Musalli Al-Muammar
Updated 11 May 2019

Musalli Al-Muammar, president of the Saudi Professional League

Musalli Al-Muammar has been the president of the Saudi Professional League since March 2018, taking over from Adel Ezzat, and has a background in marketing, communications and sports media.

He was the head of the marketing and communications department at Dhahran Techno Valley at King Fahd University between 2013 and 2018, and corporate communications manager at STC from 2008 until 2013.

Al-Muammar has been a sports news analyst at Al Arabiya News Channel for more than seven years, and a weekly sports columnist for Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper since 2007.

He was also the editing director of Shams newspaper between July 2005 and May 2007.

Al-Muammar holds a bachelor’s in finance from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, and a master’s in marketing communications from Manchester Metropolitan University.

He has a global executive master’s in international sports law from the Higher Institute of Law and Economics in Spain.

Al-Muammar was elected as a member of the executive council of the World Leagues Forum (WLF) at a meeting on Saturday in Paris.

He said joining the council was based on the achievements of the Saudi league in the WLF’s special classifications as one of the best 12 leagues in the world, beating European and Latin American leagues, thanks to government support. This backing helped clubs to attract international players who contributed to raising the competition level, he added.

Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

Updated 26 June 2019

Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece exhibition in Dhahran.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.