Al-Rashed quits Al Arabiya; Altoraifi new GM

Updated 24 November 2014

Al-Rashed quits Al Arabiya; Altoraifi new GM

Adel Altoraifi has been appointed the new general manager of Al Arabiya News Channel after Abdulrahman Al-Rashed quit the position on Saturday for personal reasons.
The announcement was made by Sheikh Waleed Al-Ibrahim, chairman of the MBC Group.
Altoraifi, who has a doctorate in international relations from the London School of Economics, was until recently the deputy general manager of the Dubai-based channel.
Al-Rashed, who has held the post of general manager for the last 10 years, has been appointed a member of the group’s board of directors. Al-Ibrahim thanked Al-Rashed for his dedication and successful leadership of Al Arabiya during his decade-long tenure, which witnessed many political challenges in the region. Prior to joining Al Arabiya, Al-Rashed was the editor in chief of Asharq Al-Awsat Arabic newspaper and Al-Majalla magazine. He has interviewed several prominent world leaders and his articles and columns garner worldwide recognition.
Recently, he oversaw the launch of Al Arabiya’s sister channel, Al Hadath. During his tenure he also supervised the expansion of Al Arabiya digitally across multiple platforms including its website.
Al-Ibrahim also wished Altoraifi all success in his new position and expressed his absolute trust in his ability to manage the channel and take it to further heights.
Altoraifi said Al Arabiya would continue on the same successful path on all fronts and pledged that it would remain a beacon of moderation and a pioneer in Arab media.
He thanked Al-Rashed for his tremendous efforts throughout the past decade and described him as a person who has established a professional school for a whole generation of Arab journalists.
Altoraifi is a Saudi journalist and a political commentator who appears regularly on regional and international news channels. Prior to joining the MBC Group, he served as the editor in chief of Asharq Al-Awsat and Al-Majalla.

First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019

First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.