AN editor in chief Al-Harthi gets global media award

Updated 09 December 2014

AN editor in chief Al-Harthi gets global media award

Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi, editor in chief of Arab News and Sayidaty magazine, received the international media excellence award for 2014 during a colorful ceremony in Beirut on Sunday.
Al-Harthi, who also hosts the “Bidoun Shak” talk show on MBC channel, won the prestigious award instituted by MC International thanks to his continuous successes in media activities.
Apart from being the chief editor of Arab News English daily and Sayidaty weekly magazine for women, Al-Harthi has left his imprints on the social media through Sayidaty’s website, which has won the first place in the Arab world. Through his weekly program “Bidoun Shak,” Al-Harthi has been taking up major social issues.
In his acceptance speech, Al-Harthi emphasized the role of the media as the voice of the voiceless. “The message of the different media is the same as it represents the voice of people and highlights their issues and problems,” he said.
Al-Harthi said the changes in the media industry should not be considered a threat but opportunities. He dedicated the award to all those who work with him. “They deserve this award as they are the makers of success.”
Al-Harthi, who has a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering, began his career at Asharq Al-Awsat international Arabic daily. In 2002, he won a Gulf Excellence Award in Journalism. Two years later he was named editor in chief of Sayidaty and Al Jamila magazines.
A founding member of the Arab Youth Leaders Forum at Davos Middle East conference, Al-Harthi was also a member of Gulf 2000 project at Columbia University in New York. He holds memberships of the Journalists Union in the UK and WAN-IFRA, a world association of journalists and news publishers.

Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019

Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.